C. Tucker (Main Street)

Clothier
1914-c.2013

127 East Main Street
Kingstree, SC

FAMILIES: Tucker

Charles “Charlie” Tucker (1886-1958) was born in Russia to Jacob and Raella Tucker. In 1890, the Tuckers immigrated to the United States, settling in Baltimore, Maryland. By 1914, Charles had moved to Kingstree, South Carolina, where he opened a dry goods and clothing store, C. Tucker, on East Main Street. He quickly became one of the most respected merchants in South Carolina’s Pee Dee region, opening other dry goods and clothing stores on Academy Street and in Lake City. In addition to his own mercantile activity, Charles brought Jews from Baltimore to South Carolina, helping them get their start as merchants by allowing them to work in his stores and learn the business. These fledgling Jewish Merchants often relied on the Baltimore Bargain House, a mail-order wholesale business that became a hub for Southern Jewish Merchants and extended credit to purchase inventory. In 1949, Tucker passed the business on to his son-in-law, Thomas A. Blakely Jr. (1925-2013). The East Main Street store burned in 2011.

Main Image: Exterior of C. Tucker on East Main Street. Image from https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/7d74b318-51ca-4a2f-8c2f-dced083b70ad.

 

Above Image: Interior of C. Tucker, 1914. Charles Tucker stands behind the “39 cents” sign. Reprinted from The News, September 16, 1976.

 

Above Image: Reprinted from The County Record, April 22, 1915.

 

Above Image: Thomas A. Blakely Jr. (1925-2013). Image from https://williamsburgfuneralhome.com/obits/tab/index.html.

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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