Schwartz Bros., etc.
Freedman-Wolbarst, William Greenblatt, Schwartz Bros., etc., 38 W. 26th St. (2003)

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Kahn, Weiss, & Feig / Costumes & Dresses. Kahn, Weiss, & Feig were in business from 1906 to 1918. Originally at 59 E. 11th St., they moved here in 1910. In 1913 the Annual Industrial Directory of the State of New York recorded Kahn, Weiss & Feig when they employed a staff of 57 (of which 53 were women). In 1918 Kahn withdrew from the partnership and the company became Weiss & Feig. Weiss & Feig were located here until 1923, and stayed in business until 1931. The original partners were Joseph Jerome Kahn (1874-1942), Laura Weiss (1878-1956), and Samuel Feig (1865?-1920). Joseph Kahn was native born and registered for the World War I draft in 1918 when employed Self, 38 West 26 St. Laura Weiss was born in Steinowitz, Bohemia, and immigrated to the U. S. in 1893, where she married Solomon Wolf. She applied for a passport in 1922 under the name Mrs. Laura Wolf. Samuel Feig was a native New Yorker. His wife, Julia Feig (1872?-1953) (nee Weiss), was the Feig in Weiss & Feig by 1925, and she was probably Laura Weiss' sister.

Silberfarb & Halprin / Suits & Coats (click for detail). Max Silberfarb (1879-?) was an immigrant from Russia around 1901/03. He registered for the World War I draft in 1918 when 38 years old, declaring that he was born 10 Dec. 1879. Samuel W. Halprin was a native New Yorker. He registered for the draft in 1917 when he was 25 years old and stated he was born 3 April 1892. Their partnership was formed in 1914, and they were located at 38 W. 26th St. from 1915 to 1921. Samuel Halprin was also involved in a partnership to manufacture dresses under the firm name Halprin, Silverman & Co. This company began in 1920 and was located at 148 Madison Ave. Halprin's partner was Benjamin E. Silverman. He was possibly they same Benjamin E. Silverman who registered for the World War I draft in 1917 when he was a salesman for J. D. Booth & Son, 134 W. 26th St. (More on Julius D. Booth & Son is found at 134 W. 26th St.) Halprin, Silverman & Co. were listed in the Manhattan telephone directory through 1928. Subsequently, there was a S. W. Halprin Co. "dresses" from 1931 through 1933, although Halprin identified himself as a securities broker in the 1930 U. S. Census.

T. Weinberg & Son / Coats & Suits / Immediate Delivery. T. Weinberg & Son were in business from 1910 to 1921 and were located here at 38 W. 26th St. from 1918 to 1921. They were succeeded in 1922 by Weinberg, Gratz & Parker who were located here until 1924. T. Weinberg was Tobias Weinberg (1862-1938), also known as Thomas Weinberg. According to his naturalization petition executed Jan. 1898 in Atlanta, Georgia, T. Weinberg was born in Russia, April, 1863, and arrived in New York, May, 1884. His U. S. Census entry in 1900, however, cites Jan. 1862 as the date of his birth. The son in T. Weinberg & Son was Irving Weinberg (1889-1964). Irving Weinberg registered for the World War I draft in 1917 when employed at T. Weinberg & Son, 144 W. 27th St. Irving Weinberg was also the Weinberg in Weinberg, Gratz & Parker. Other members of that firm were Isidor Gratz (1873-1931) and Jacob Parker (1872?-1943). Isidor Gratz lived at the Hargrave Hotel, 112 W. 72nd St., in 1918 when he registered for the World War I draft. At that time he worked as a traveling salesman for G. B. G. Mfg. Co., 15 E. 26th St., New York City. G. B. G. Mfg. Co. were cloak manufacturers, where several members of the Gratz family were officers. Jacob Parker, an immigrant from Russia, lived at the Hotel Hamilton, 143 W. 73rd St., when he was recorded in the 1925 New York State Census.

Prashker Bros. / Mfrs. of / Childrens Dresses.

The Freedman-Wolbarst Skirt Co. Inc. was a partnership between Herman N. Freedman (1873-?) and Jacob Wolbarst (1881-?) from 1915 to 1921/22. Freedman then formed a partnership with Sol Bolke (1894-1975), and Freedman & Bolke manufactured skirts here until around 1925, when they moved to 270 W. 38th St. Freedman & Bolke went out of business around 1930. For more on Herman N. Freedman see his prior address on 16th St.: 16street5. Jacob Wolbarst registered for the World War I draft as "Buyer & salesman, Freedman-Wolbarst Skirt Co., 38 W 26 St." In 1917 Sol Bolke registered for the same draft as "Salesman Freedman-Wolbarst Skirt Co., 38 W. 26th St."

William Greenblatt, Manufacturing Furrier, began around 1892 on Bond St. near Broadway. The business moved to 38 W. 26th St. in 1920 and stayed until 1929. William Greenblatt (1865/66-19??) appears in the U S Census of 1930, age 64, born Austria (he immigrated 1886), living at 235 W. 102nd St. with his wife Bertha and son Jerome. Jerome M. Greenblatt (1903-1971) assumed presidency of the firm in the early 1930s. They stayed in business at 350 7th Ave. until the mid-1940s.

Schwartz Bros. Waists and Schwartz & Schwartz, Coats were the same company. They were Meyer Schwartz (1883/84-?) and Morris Schwartz (1880/81-?), both immigrants from Russia in 1901, in business together from around 1907. The business was located at 39 W. 19th St. from 1914 to 1918, then moved here at 38 W. 26th St., where they stayed until 1923. The brothers remained cloaks, suits, dresses and coats manufacturers under the names Schwartz Bros. and Schwartz & Schwartz until 1929. They shared a house at 1315 47th St. in the Borough Park area of Brooklyn from around 1915 until the late 1920s. Morris Schwartz was still living at this address at the time of the 1930 US Census. In the same census Meyer Schwartz listed his occupation as "none."

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