Obituary: Franco-American's Robert Oumano
January 11, 2001,
GLENDALE, N.Y. - Robert Oumano, former president of Franco-American Novelty Co. Inc., died after a long illness on Dec. 4. He was 77.
Oumano was in the novelty business for more than 60 years, originally as a buyer. In 1975, he was named president of Franco-American, a family-owned business started by Oumano's father in 1908. Over the course of his career, Oumano was responsible for building Franco-American's Halloween business, the company says, and personally created a number of best-selling novelty items, such as the King Tut Magic Trick and the Shock Book.
Born in the Bronx, Oumano served as a medical technician in the U.S. Army during World War II. He attended the City College of New York.
Carol Oumano Rome and Michele Oumano Powell, Oumano's daughters, continue to run Franco-American.
Related Content By Author
1920s: The Evolution of the Candle
Gifts & Dec Direct
AmericasMart ICON Honorees
Excellence and superior achievement in the home and gift industry were recognized in July at AmericasMart's eighth annual ICON Honors. Enjoy these video stories celebrating the 2017 award recipients: Spicher and Company, Bloomingville, Wolf Gourmet, Her Majesty's English Tea Room, Kurt S. Adler, Inc., and Chris Rosse, Rosse and Associates.