Rangaves, Peter (San Francisco, CA)
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Peter Rangaves ( Feb. 19, 1921- Aug. 25,2008 )
Trade Bindery (1951-1996)
Born into a Greek family in Brooklyn, New York, Peter spent his youth in Athens, Greece.
He learned the trade by working for his Uncles' bookbindery in Athens. At 18 years old, Peter
came back to the United States and settled in San Francisco. Here he worked three jobs, as a
waiter, singer, and in a bookbindery. Soon his parents and four brothers joined him to live in
San Francisco. In 1951 his boss was ready to sell Peter his business. Every bank turned Peter
down for a loan until he went to Bank of America where the loan officer looked at him and
said, " I trust you to pay the loan back." So at 30 years of age, Peter bought his former bosses'
business and changed the name to Trade Bindery. In the beginning days he was so afraid to
miss a business call, that he telephoned his mother to keep the line busy while he went to use
the bathroom! He built his business, married, raised a family and forty-five years later retired
to Sonoma County, California.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
The ABM wishes to thank Diana Rangaves for the photograph and information about her father.