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Baltimore Bargain House records

Identifier: MS 2836


This collection includes the business papers of the Baltimore Bargain House, 1897-1980.


  • 1897-1980


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The collection is open for research use.

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Biographical / Historical

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 continued 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.


4.83 Linear Feet (3 boxes and Oversize volumes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Richard Lansburgh, August 4, 1992.

Guide to the Baltimore Bargain House records
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-03-23: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Mallory Herberger.

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States