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Scherman, Harry (01 February 1887–12 November 1969), publisher, was born in Montreal, Canada, the son of Jacob Scherman, a laborer, and Katharine Harris, both of whom were Jewish. In 1889 the family moved to Philadelphia. In 1893 the father deserted his family and returned to his native England. Living in poverty in a boardinghouse with his hard-working mother, Scherman attended Central High School in Philadelphia, where fellow classmates included ...

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Schuster, Max Lincoln (02 March 1897–20 December 1970), publisher, was born Max Schuster in Kalusz, Austria, the son of Barnet Schuster and Minnie Stieglitz, both of whom were American citizens. The family returned to the United States when Max was seven weeks old. The Schusters lived in New York City and ran a stationery and cigar store in Harlem. They later moved to the Washington Heights neighborhood of upper Manhattan, where Max attended public school. In high school he became so interested in ...