Once uppon a time... in Oak
Park, Illinois... I was raised. I was one of 7 siblings, who's mom
and dad were part owners of a cutlery store that started a long, long time
ago. My grandpa had started a business that catered to barbers.
He made razor strops, sharpened razors and sold barber supplies.
Then in 1905 he founded D. Corrado, Inc. in the heart of downtown
My earliest memories are of
the late sixties, I was in 7th or 8th grade, my dad started taking me downtown
on Saturday's to "work" at the store. By then there were two stores,
26 N Clark St. and 33 E Adams St. My dad ran the main store, and
my Uncle Vic ran the branch store on Adams St.
Carmen Corrado, my dad, was
a well educated, big, strong man. He had survived horrors at The
Battle of the Bulge, and was now focusing his efforts on supporting a large
family. He involved all us kids in the store. He laid out artwork
with my sister Mary for catalogs, and became one of the first mail order
cutlery establishments in the US. He went to Germany, Italy and France
to maintain relations with the cutlery manufacturers. We were importing
from all the major manufacturers, many of them were even stamping D. Corrado,
Inc. ; Corrado Cutlery; or Shield Brand along side their own