When International Harvester went bankrupt, one of the most famous icons of American business was split apart. Some units like the International Scout SUV disappeared entirely, but other units survived. One of the success stories was the Cub Cadet line of mowers, now owned by MTD. The product line marriedMORE HERE

The Pan Am brand continues to thrive over a decade after it first died. The new luggage company Pan Am One has licensed the brand for luggage, reports London’s Financial Times. The new Pan Am site Pan Am One has old ads, retro music and ordering information. A long listMORE HERE

When folks look for water skis, brand names like Obrien and Connelly come to mind. The main brand that comes to mind, though, is the Cypress Gardens Dick Pope brand. The question is what happened to Cypress Gardens Dick Pope skis? There was a Dick Pope Jr AND Cypress Gardens.MORE HERE

Wall Street may be all atwitter at the merger of Payless Shoe Source and Stride Rite. And after all, the company now owns some great American brand names. Classic and priceless brand names like Keds, Pro-Keds, Sperry Top-Sider and Saucony. Actually, they are not EXACTLY priceless, as Payless, led byMORE HERE

In April of 2006, Bank of America announced that it would consider dumping Visa in favor of its own credit card network named BankAmericard. The announcement isn’t all to the story. Because actually, Bank of Americard sort of brought the cards back in the summer of 2005, albeit as a co-branded Visa. The offering read: “In 1958, before there was Visa, Bank of America introduced the first credit card to the world–the BankAmericard.” MORE HERE

In our modern age, one of the biggest legacies we will leave is our products and services — the thousands of consumer items and corporate names that run through our lives: the Ukrop’ses and Capital Ones, the Reynolds Wraps and ChapSticks. Those names have evolved through the years. Indeed, theMORE HERE