Guide to the Bloom Store Daybooks and Ledger, 1909-1923
The Bloom Store daybooks and ledger consist of three financial volumes kept at the general store that Jewish merchant Max Bloom (1879-1951) operated from 1919 to 1924 in Whitakers, Edgecombe County and Nash County, North Carolina. Materials dating before 1919 may detail customer transactions that Bloom made through a different business venture or transactions that occurred at the store under prior ownership.
- Collection Number
- Bloom Store daybooks and ledger
- 1909-1910, 1922-1923
- 1.3 Linear Feet
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English
This collection consists of two daybooks and one ledger kept at the general store that Max Bloom operated from 1919 to 1924 in Whitakers, Edgecombe County and Nash County, North Carolina. The daybooks were used to record day-to-day transactions from 1909-1910 and from 1922-1923. Entries include customer name, amount billed, and merchandise purchased and are arranged chronologically. The ledger details individual and business accounts with the store from March 1911 to December 1913 and includes an alphabetical index. Entries appear under customer name and include a chronological list of transactions for that individual or business. Materials dating before 1919 may detail customer transactions that Bloom made through a different business venture or transactions that occurred at the store under prior ownership.
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Max Bloom (1879-1951) was a Jewish, Lithuanian-American merchant who lived in North Carolina. Born in Lithuania as Robert Max Bloom, he immigrated to the United States circa 1900. He initially made a living as a peddler in Halifax Co., NC and married Lula Peele of Whitakers (Edgecombe Co. and Nash Co.), NC in 1904. The couple settled in Wrightsville Beach (New Hanover Co.), NC, where they operated a dairy farm. The Bloom family eventually returned to Whitakers, where Bloom took ownership of a general store, known as the Bloom Store, in 1919. In 1924, the Blooms moved to Greensboro (Guilford Co.) and a year later to High Point, where they opened Bloom Furniture Company.
Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina records, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
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- Business records -- North Carolina -- History -- 20th century
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- Merchants -- North Carolina -- Whitakers
The Bloom Store daybooks and ledger are a gift of Al G. Taylor. They were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as part of the Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina Collection in June, 2014.
Processed by: Mary Mellon, June 2015
Accessions described in this finding aid: 2014.0138