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Did you know that Tiffany makes both the Super Bowl trophy and, since 2004, the Nascar trophy? Did you know it designed the "E Pluribus Unum" insignia on dollar bills? Cintra Wilson tosses lots of historical tidbits into her evaluation of the Tiffany on Wall Street, which opened in October 2007, about a year before the crash. The store, she writes, is "one of Manhattan’s most beautiful retail establishments...a 1960s, butch-romantic Burt Bacharach habitat of glass, wood and mirrors, under a canopy of curlicues set into the vaulted ceiling." And since the brand has already outlived "the Civil War, two World Wars, the Panic of 1893, the Great Depression, the psychedelic movement and 171 holiday seasons," it'll probably be just fine. [NYT]

Tiffany & Co.

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