Category Archives: The Fifth Avenue Project

714 Fifth (1861-1937): J. & J. B. Milholland Co.

The businessmen who once operated along Fifth Avenue were primarily merchants and primarily Jewish, but not entirely either, as the J. & J. B. Milholland Co. proves. James and John B. Milholland were born in old Allegheny in 1836 and … Continue reading

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1400 Fifth (1892-1915): Herman Obernauer & Co.

Before Prohibition, the liquor trade was a popular occupation among German Jewish immigrants in Pittsburgh. The president and first vice president of the national Wholesale Liquor Dealers’ Association were both members of Rodef Shalom Congregation, and several early families of … Continue reading

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“Old” 215 Fifth (1883-1892): Abraham Shenkan

The following is part of the Fifth Avenue Project, an ongoing effort to document the world of wholesaling merchants who operated along Fifth Avenue in Uptown Pittsburgh from 1880 to 1980. This article explains the project. I’ll be giving a talk on the history … Continue reading

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1000 Fifth (1893-1901): J. Shapira, the Pittsburg Cheap Store

The following is part of the Fifth Avenue Project, an ongoing effort to document the world of wholesaling merchants who operated along Fifth Avenue in Uptown Pittsburgh from 1880 to 1980. This article explains the project. I’ll be giving a talk on the history … Continue reading

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1227 Fifth (1926-1955): Albert Cazen of Cazen’s Meat Market

The following is part of the Fifth Avenue Project, an ongoing effort to document the world of wholesaling merchants who operated along Fifth Avenue in Uptown Pittsburgh from 1880 to 1980. This article explains the project. I’ll be giving a talk on the history … Continue reading

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824 Fifth (1905-1922): Oscar Simon of Oscar Simon pants

The following is part of the Fifth Avenue Project, an ongoing effort to document the world of wholesaling merchants who operated along Fifth Avenue in Uptown Pittsburgh from 1880 to 1980. This article explains the project. I’ll be giving a talk on the history … Continue reading

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819 Fifth (1910-1958): Sol Caplan of The S. C. Leather Co.

The following is part of the Fifth Avenue Project, an ongoing effort to document the world of wholesaling merchants who operated along Fifth Avenue in Uptown Pittsburgh from 1880 to 1980. This article explains the project. I’ll be giving a … Continue reading

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