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Sol Kaplan, longtime manager of Guss' Pickles
Izzy Guss arrived in New York from Russia at the dawn of the 20th Century. Like many other immigrants, he rented a pushcart and sold produce on the Lower East Side. In 1910, Izzy opened his own pickle shop on Hester Street. However, Izzy wasn't alone: at the time, the area was teeming with 80 other pickle shops.
Americans eat 5.2 million pounds of pickles per year. That's 9 pounds per person! Julius Ceasar, Queen Elizabeth I, George Washington and Napoleon were all pickle enthusiasts.