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1. J.C. Penney's initials stand for James Cash, founder of the store chain in 1902.
2. The waterproof disposable diaper was first invented in 1951 by Marion Donovan, using only a sewing machine and a shower curtain.
3. The Mall, the biggest departmental store in Washington, D. C. is 1.4 times bigger than the Vatican City.
4. Wanamaker's of Philadelphia, was the first U.S. department store to install electric lighting, in 1878.
5. Xerox inventor Chestor Carlson, named his product for the dry copying technique that he invented. The Greek root `xer' means dry.
6. Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
7. Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.
8. IBM was founded by an ex employee of National Cash Register. The name International Business Machines was his attempt at one-upmanship.
9. Bank of America was originally called "The Bank of Italy." It was founded by Amadeo Giannini in 1904 to cater to Italian immigrants in San Francisco.
10. Cadillac was named after the 18th century French explorer Antoine Laumet de la Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, founder of Detroit, Michigan.