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Bernard 'Bernie' Paul

(USA)

Bernard 'Bernie' Paul, who passed away in 2010, aged 88, was an American model railroad entrepreneur, responsible for creating many well known firms including General Hobbies Corp., B Paul Model Distributors and Associated Hobby Manufacturing (all in Philadelphia PA), Niagra Hobby (Niagra NY), Mayflower Hobby (Hartford CT), Gateway Hobby (Pittsburg PA), Holiday Hobby (Baltimore MD) and International Hobby Corporation (Philadelphia PA).

Bernie Paul began his hobby related business selling model aircraft supplies from the back of his mother's shop, and progressed to importing and distributing model railroad items, usually from Europe, at prices which undercut US manufacturers at the time. He formed Associated Hobby Manufacturers as an umbrella name for the imported goods which were then sold and distributed under the AHM name.


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