Isaac Harry Tanenbaum (1896-1984) was born in Augusta, Georgia to Russian immigrants Aaron and Minnie Tanenbaum. Aaron Tanenbaum worked as a peddler in Augusta before opening a deli. Harry married Pearl Levy (1899-1988), who immigrated from Russia in 1903, around 1917 and by 1920 was employed as a jewelry merchant. He worked at Hill Jewelry Company, a pawn shop, for more than a decade. About 1932, the couple and their children, Joel, Ralph, and Thelma, moved to Spartanburg, where Harry was employed as a watchmaker for Rudolph Skalowski. By 1936, he opened Carolina Baggage and Loan Company, a pawn shop and jewelry store. Harry continued his work as a watchmaker while his wife operated a ready-to-wear clothing business. The business remained open 1961, presumably when Harry Tanenbaum retired.