Louis Bamberger : department store innovator and philanthropist /

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Main Author: Forgosh, Linda B., (Author)
Format: Book Electronic
Published:Waltham, Massachusetts : Brandeis University Press, 2016.
Series:Brandeis series in American Jewish history, culture, and life.
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Louis Bamberger (1855--1944) was the epitome of the merchant prince as public benefactor. Born in Baltimore, this son of German immigrants built his business--the great, glamorous L. Bamberger & Co. department store in Newark, N.J.--into the sixth-largest department store in the country. A multimillionaire by middle age, he joined the elite circle of German Jews who owned Macy's, Bloomingdale's, and Filene's. Despite his vast wealth and local prominence, Bamberger was a reclusive figure who shunned the limelight, left no business records, and kept no diaries. He remained a bachelor and kept his private life and the rationale for his business decisions to himself.

Yet his achievements are manifold. He was a merchandising genius whose innovations, including newspaper and radio ads and brilliant use of window and in-store displays, established the culture of consumption in twentieth-century America. His generous giving, both within the Jewish community and beyond it, created institutions that still stand today: the Newark YM-YWHA, Beth Israel Hospital, and the Newark Museum. Toward the end of his career, he financed and directed the creation of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, which led to a friendship with Albert Einstein.

Despite his significance as business innovator and philanthropist, historians of the great department stores have paid scant attention to Bamberger. This full-length biography will interest historians as well as general readers of Jewish history nationally, New Jerseyans fascinated by local history, and the Newarkers for whom Bamberger's was a beloved local institution.

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General Notes:Includes index.
Physical Description:1 online resource (297 pages) : illustrations, photographs.
ISBN:9781611689822 (e-book)
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LINDA B. FORGOSH is an independent scholar and executive director of the Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey.

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