Carolina Baggage and Loan Company

Merchant
1936-1961

115 West Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306

FAMILIES: Tanenbaum

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.

The Jewish Merchant Project is supported by the generosity of the Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold Foundation and the Stanley B. Farbstein Endowment at the Coastal Community Foundation. Longtime members of the JHSSC, Mr. Arnold obm, a merchant himself, and Mr. Farbstein obm were both children of South Carolina Jewish merchants.

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