In 1945, Russian immigrants William Asofsky (1910-1971) and Rose Berg (1909-1992) married in Passaic, New Jersey. By 1947, the couple had moved to Sumter, South Carolina, where they opened Philadelphia Shoe Store, which specialized in Army and Navy surplus, as well as uniforms and equipment for servicemembers at nearby Shaw Air Force Base. By 1952, William and Rose had renamed the store Liberty Pawn Shop.
Main Image: Advertisement for Philadelphia Shoe Store. Reprinted from The Item, May 18, 1951.
Above Image: William and Rose Asofsky, undated.