Stanley Louis Papel was born on December 17, 1942 in Los Angeles, California. He spent his career of over 50 years in the giftware industry creating unique designs with a large national and international distribution. Since retiring, Stanley has been writing about his family history and the family business.

His first book, Tales Beyond Main Street, is the history of the family business that started in Disneyland in 1955. Generation to Generation recounts the story of his ancestors from their European roots to the present.

Stanley is the father of three grown children and several grandchildren. He married his husband Sven in 2018. They spend the majority of their time between their homes in Scripps Ranch (San Diego) and Rancho Mirage, CA.

A second edition of Generation to Generation is in the planning which will include the Papel family in South Africa and Israel. An edition of Generation to Generation of the Roth’s and the Weinstock’s is also in process.

Visit the websites below to contact the author, see additional photos, ancestry charts, and updates on this book and others to come.


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    Generation to Generation traces the compelling story of a contemporary Jewish-American family from its origins in Hungary and Lithuania through the immigration to the United States in the late nineteenth century to present day. Covering six generations, the history is narrated by Stanley Papel and his parents, Phil and Sophie Papel. Generation to Generation is both memoir and history, offering insight into middle-class life in the United States in the twentieth century, family entrepreneurship, and the emergence of a gay sensibility from a traditional family milieu.