14 November 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday: Morris Plate Glass Advertisement

I come from a long line of glaziers. In fact, many of the glaziers in New York City between about 1905 and 1930 were immigrants from the small shtetl of Lubin (Labun, Russian Empire) - but that's another story for another time. Max Morris, my grandmother Dora Morris Garber's brother, was one of the few in the family to leave New York City to set up shop in the hinterlands - in this case, Red Bank, New Jersey.

Max and his family left the Bronx in the late 1920's - early 1930. The 1930 U.S. Census (taken 1 April 1930) finds them in Red Bank. [1] The earliest online city directory I've been able to locate for Red Bank is from 1938. It shows the Max Morris family at 66 Pinckney and Morris Plate Glass at 67 Monmouth Street. [2]
The advertisement at left comes from the 1945 Red Bank Directory. [3] 

Max continued the business into the 1960s. After he died, his grandson Steve Gallop bought the store and continues to run Morris Plate Glass today. It is still located in Red Bank, but is now at 184 Shrewsbury Avenue.

1. 1930 U.S. Census, Monmouth County, New Jersey, population schedule, Red Bank, Enumeration District 13-104, sheet 1A, family 10, Max Morris, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 March 2008), citing Family History Library microfilm 2,341,107.
2. Red Bank (Monmouth County, New Jersey) Directory, 1938 (New York, New York: R.L. Polk & Co, 1938), page 127, entry for "Morris, Max" and page 210, entry for "Morris Plate Glass Co.," digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 October 2010).
3. 1945 Red Bank (Monmouth County, New Jersey) City Directory, 1945-46 (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: R.L. Polk & Co., 1946), page 279, entries for "Morris, Max" and "Morris Plate Glass Co."; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 October 2010).

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