“More heady than love, ladies or liquor is the sporting-goods catalog of L. L. Bean, outfitter extraordinary to men who live so they may hunt and fish,” read Life magazine’s encomium to the entrepreneurial outdoorsman in October of 1941.

Leon Leonwood Bean From modest beginnings in 1911, sales at Leon Leonwood Bean’s Freeport mail order business had surpassed the $1 million mark by 1937.

LL Bean
Born October 13, 1872 Greenwood, Maine Died February 5, 1967 (aged 94) Pompano Beach, Florida

LL Bean in plaid

LL Bean Building