S.S. Kresge Company

S.S. Kresge Company

Sebastian Kresge’s five-and-10-cent stores were a revolutionary merchandising idea in the early 1900s. The success of the S.S. Kresge Co. chain of stores allowed Kresge to establish the foundation in 1924. He used his personal funds for the foundation, beginning with an initial gift of $1.6 million. In this undated photo, employees at a Norfolk, Va. store piled into a truck for a company outing.