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Joseph Bloomingdale

(1842 - 1904)

Joseph Bloomingdale was an American businessman who in April 1872, with his brother Lyman, founded Bloomingdales Department Store on 56th Street in New York City.

The son of the Bavarian-born, German Jewish immigrants Benjamin Bloomingdale and Hannah Weil, Joseph and his brother Lyman were trained in the retailing of ladies' clothing at their father's store. Going into business for themselves, the Bloomingdale brothers' new store sold a wide variety of European fashions, anchored by their own buying office in Paris. Their success resulted in the business outgrowing its premises and in 1886 they relocated operations to its famous present-day location at 59th Street and Third Avenue where Bloomingdale's became one of the most widely recognized brand names in the world.

Joseph Bloomingdale retired from the business on New Years Day 1896. He was married to Clara Coffman, and they had two children: Rosalie Stanton Bloomingdale Sperry (1876-1958) and Lewis Morgan Bloomingdale (1878-1939). He died in 1904 and was buried in the Linden Hill Jewish Cemetery in Ridgewood, New York.

Source: Joseph Bloomingdale, Wikipedia, (January 22, 2018).