Benjamin Samuel Katz, who had been a newsboy and messenger boy before he became a photographer, went into Dinhofer Brothers, Manhattan jewelry wholesaler, one day in 1917 to buy a ring for his fiancee, Pearl. He pondered long over the selection, asked many questions, and finally left the store with a new job as well as the ring. Four years later Ben Katz knew enough about the jewelry business to organize his own firm, Katz & Ogush, which specialized in making stylish watchcases. He helped New York frame laws regulating the jewelry industry, and...

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