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Curtis Leroy “Curt” Carlson

  • Birth 9 Jul 1914 Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
  • Death 19 Feb 1999 Saint Louis Park, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
  • Burial Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
  • Plot Section 23, Lot 125, Grave 30
  • Memorial ID 5485

Businessman. He was the founder of Carlson Companies Incorporated and creator of Gold Bond Stamps, one of America’s biggest private firms. In 1938, he used a $55 loan to start his Gold Bond Stamps Company. Based on trading stamps to provide consumer incentive for grocery stores, gas stations and other businesses, the stamps could be redeemed for a large array of merchandise. For decades, his business was a $7.8 billion driving force in travel, marketing and hospitality with over 50,000 employees. His holdings included Radisson Hotels, Country Kitchen International, Country Inns, T.G.I. Fridays and many more. He died from complications of a stroke at age 84.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 17 May 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5485
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Curtis Leroy “Curt” Carlson (9 Jul 1914–19 Feb 1999), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5485, citing Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .