Caroline Bamberger Fuld
1864 – 1944
Who was Caroline Bamberger Fuld?
Fuld, who was called "Carrie", grew up in Baltimore, the fifth of six children born to Elkan Bamberger, who had emigrated from Bavaria in 1840, and Theresa Bamberger, who was heir to a large Baltimore department store. Carry moved with her brother Louis to Philadelphia in 1883, and the two of them, with business partners Louis Meyer Frank and Felix Fuld, started the business that became L. Bamberger and Co. The four partners all worked in the store and developed new methods of retail advertising and selling.
Carrie married Louis Frank in 1883, a marriage that lasted until the latter's death in 1910. In 1913, Carrie married their other business partner, Felix Fuld, outliving also his death in 1929. Neither marriage produced children. Louis Bamberger and Carrie Fuld sold L. Bamberger and Co. to R. H. Macy and Co. in June, 1929, fortuitously before the stock market crash.
Subsequently, Carrie Fuld devoted her energies to philanthropy. With her husband, and continuing after his death, she contributed to Jewish charities, including Newark's Beth Israel Hospital, the Jewish Relief Committee, and Hadassah. In 1931, she was elected national director of the National Council of Jewish Women.
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