Baltimore Bargain House Records 1897-1980, MS. 2836

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Baltimore Bargain House Records, 1897-1980
Maryland Historical Society
 
  

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Baltimore Bargain House Records, 1897-1980
Maryland Historical Society

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Baltimore Bargain House Records, 1897-1980

MS. 2836

Maryland Historical Society

Baltimore MD 21201-4674

 


History

Jacob Epstein opened the Baltimore Bargain House in 1881. It began as a small shop and grew into a wholesale and general merchandise distributor with an annual out ut of $48,000,000. Located in the heart of Baltimore's downtown business district, the Baltimore Bargain House distributed mainly to southern businesses. In 1912, Jacob Epstein entered into a co-partnership with Nathan Epstein, Abraham I. Weinberg, A. Ray Katz, and Sidney Lansburg. During this time, Jacob Epstein was still proprietor. This partnership continue until 1919 when the Baltimore Bargain House was sold and became the American Wholesale Corporation. Butler Brothers bought the American Wholesale Corporatic in 1929, changing its name to American General Corporation.

Jacob Epstein was born December 28, 1865 and died December 27, 1945. Nathan Epstein was born in 1876 and died on February 13, 1956. Abraham I Weinberg was born in 1863 and died on May 31, 1932. A. Ray Katz was born in 1877 and died on March 19, 1938. Sidney Lansburgh was born on February 18, 1878 and died on April 25, 1958.

 


Container List

Box 1

1903-1918

Minor Privileges

1906-07

Landover, West Virginia Ore Lands

1911-14

Articles of Co-Partnership

1915-18

Articles of Co-Partnership

1914, 15, 20

Certificates of Incorporation

1917, 28, 33-34

Stock Certificates (originals removed to Prints and Photos)

1918-20

Income Tax Return Records

1918, 19, 36

Transfer of Preferred Stock

1919

Agreement and Related Correspondence

1919

Bill of Sale

1919

Certificate of Incorporation

1919

Waiver of First Meeting of Directors

1919, 21, n.d.

Correspondence re: IRS

1922

Memorandum

1922-24, 26-27

Balance Sheets

1922-27

Annual Audits

1929, 30

Article of Admendment

1930-33

New Amsterdam Casuality Company

1931-33

Articles of Reduction of Outstanding Capital Stock

1950

State Tax Commission

1951

Articles of Admendment

1980

Reminiscence

n.d.

Notes

1915-18

Papers from Private Ledger

1915

Oxford Realty Co. certificate of incorp. (removed from minute books)

Box 2

1929-30

Five Appraisal Books of the Baltimore Bargain House

Box 3

1899-1906, 1900-14, 1913-22

Three Private Books of Jacob Epstein

1919

Preferred Stock

1919-24

Common Stock

Ledgers

1899-1902

Representative Ledger

1915-18

Private Ledger

1918-29

Transfer General Ledger

1915-53

Stockholders minutes of Oxford Realty Company

1915-53

Directors minutes of Oxford Realty Co.

**Removed to PandP: 1912 bill with letterhead for trunk

1910 letterhead, letter asking for remittance of past due bill

Four advertisements