Nathan Poliakoff (1893-1960) was born in Russia to Moses Poliakoff (1867-1922) and Bryner Fromkin Poliakoff (1872-1914). Around the turn of the century, Nathan, his four siblings, and his mother immigrated to the United States, where his father was already in the process of establishing himself. From a young age, Nathan Poliakoff assisted his father as salesman in the family dry goods business. Between 1910 and 1920, the Poliakoff dry goods concern flourished as Moses Poliakoff expanded his operation into multiple stores spread across at least three locations (Aiken, Windsor, and Wagener). In 1922, before Nathan Poliakoff would turn thirty years old, his father Moses Poliakoff passed away, leaving him to operate the dry goods enterprise. Nathan Poliakoff concentrated his efforts on the Wagener store but by 1926, Nathan Poliakoff, facing bankruptcy, sold the business.
Main Image: Advertisement for the Nathan Poliakoff Dry Goods Store, 1923. Reprinted from the Aiken Standard, January 1, 1923.