Halpert, Edith Gregor
- Malcolm Goldstein
Halpert, Edith Gregor (25 April 1900–06 October 1970), art dealer, was born Edith Gregoryevna Fivoosiovich in Odessa, Russia, the daughter of Gregor Fivoosiovich and Frances Lucom. Her father, who died in 1905, was a grain broker but also conducted a wine-and-spirits business with his wife. In 1906 Edith, her mother, and her sister left Russia for New York. There her mother shortened the family name to Fivisovitch. In 1914 Edith began to attend painting classes at the National Academy of Design in New York. Accounts of her next few years are murky and contradictory. It appears, however, that in 1916 she changed her name to Fein and, while continuing to study painting, took a job as a comptometer operator at Bloomingdale’s department store. By 1917 she had shown sufficient talent to become an assistant to the advertising manager of the Stern Brothers department store. In that position she not only created sketches for advertisements but also wrote copy....