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Myron Lobman was born in Pine Apple, Alabama in 1890, the son of Nathan and Carrie Pollack Lobman. In 1871, Nathan Lobman, along with Louis Steiner, founded the firm of Steiner and Lobman in Pine Apple selling goods to small merchants in the area. By 1891, the growth of the company necessitated a move from Pine Apple to the larger city of Montgomery. Myron Lobman and his older brother Walter joined the firm in the early 1900s. Myron was a graduate of the Starke school, in Montgomery, the University of Alabama and Harvard University. During World War I, Myron served overseas in the United States Infantry. Following his service he returned to work at what was now called Steiner-Lobman Dry Goods. In 1920 Myron married Alma Ray Hertz who was born in Montgomery in1891. Alma participated in numerous Montgomery civic and Jewish organizations. Alma was especially active in Hadassah and the Montgomery Section of The National Council of Jewish Woman’s Reading For the Blind Committee. Prior to America’s involvement in World War II, Alma and her husband also signed affidavits of support for four unrelated individuals in Germany which enabled them to immigrate to the United States. During World War II, Myron Lobman served as Chairman for the United Service Organization (USO) – Jewish Welfare Board (JWB) in Montgomery. He was also active in a wide range of both Jewish and general community service in Montgomery and in 1965 he and his wife were honored by Israel Bonds. Steiner-Lobman Dry Goods was a Montgomery institution from 1891 until it was sold to an investment group in 1969. It closed several years later. In 1896, in addition to the company’s wholesale business, the firm began the manufacturing of the Polly brand of work clothes. The Steiner-Lobman building on Commerce Street is still standing and is a landmark in downtown Montgomery. The Myron Lobman Family Papers, 1880-2002, consist primarily of business records from Stein-Lobman Dry Goods Company. Papers relating to the activities of the Lobman family of Montgomery are also included in the collection. The letter copy books from 1891-1903, contain the pertinent correspondence of the principals of Steiner-Lobman relating to the transactions of the company. Historians interested in the impact of the yield of the yearly cotton on the economy of the economy of the south will find these books of special interest. The records also contain the customer names of the hundreds of small town stores in Georgia and Alabama who purchased goods from Steiner-Lobman. The collection is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Mss 207

Myron Lobman Family Papers

19 Related Subjects

Cotton Industry and Trade

Steiner-Lobman Dry Goods Company - Montgomery, Alabama
Dry goods; Wholesale Trade

Dry Goods
General Stores; Dime Stores; Department Stores

Wholesale Trade

Lobman, Carrie Pollack, 1858-1928

Lobman, Alma Hertz, 1891-1976

Lobman, Myron, 1890-1977

Lobman, Nathan, 1851-1915

Cotton Growing
Agriculture; Cotton Industry and Trade

Hadassah - Montgomery Chapter

National Council of Jewish Women - Montgomery Section

Temple Beth Or (Montgomery, Ala.)


Boy Scouts of America
Youth - Societies and Clubs

Youth--Societies and Clubs

Soldiers, United States

World War, 1939-1945

Jubilee Club (Birmingham, Ala.)


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