PHILIP ZINMAN was born July 18, 1904 to Robert and Esther Zinman. His early years were spent in Philadelphia PA , where his father had a cigar store at 4001 York Road. He made his way to Camden in the 1920s, where he would have a long and successful career in real estate, becoming a nationally known figure in his field, as evidenced in his being cited in the 1983 edition of Who's Who in Real Estate, and in several editions of Standard & Poor's Register of Corporations, Directors and Executives. In the 1920s he served as secretary on the Camden County Real Estate Board, and later was president of the Mortgage Bankers Association of New Jersey.
Philip Zinman was partnered in a real estate firm with Benjamin Stambler in the late 1920s, with offices in the Wilson Building at Broadway and Cooper Street. By 1936 he was on his own, and did business out of 333 Arch Street. He would later move to 519 Market Street, where his agency, with exception of a brief period around 1959, would remain into the late 1970s.
Philip Zinman was quite active in Jewish affairs both ;locally and internationally. In 1984 he was one of the first eight people to have granted an honorary doctorate from the University of Haifa, in Haifa, Israel. Two other Americans were so honored that year, one of them being Dr. Henry Kissinger.
established the Philip and Betty Zinman Endowment for
Cultural Arts at the
None of this may have occurred if Philip Zinman had not been rescued by Camden Boy Scout, James J. Wilcox in January of 1928, when he fell through the ice while skating at Farnham Park in Camden
By 1947 Philip Zinman was living at 5325 Browning Road in Pennsauken NJ with his wife Zola. She passed away in 1981. He eventually retired to Boca Raton FL where he resided when he passed way on February 5, 1993.
The Zinman name is still alive in South Jersey, as the Battista-Zinman Agency still serves the area from its offices at 5801 Westfield avenue in Pennsauken NJ.
Camden Courier-Post - January 7, 1928
NEAR DEATH IN FALL THROUGH ICE
through the ice while skating, Philip Zinman, secretary or the Camden
County Real Estate Board, narrowly escaped death it was learned
had left his office in the Wilson
Building shortly after noon Tuesday to go to the park. He had been
told that the ice was thick, and it was an ideal day for skating.
realty board secretary anticipated an hour’s sport as he adjusted
his skates at the park. Soon he was cutting fancy figures on the ice
as he swirled along the frozen surface, the only skater on the lake.
the ice cracked under his feet and he dropped into the hole that had
opened under his weight.
shouted for help as he returned to the surface. No one was near. He
called again, and saw two school children. But they did not hear him.
saw that my only salvation was what I could do for myself,” Zinman
said today, describing his experience. “I managed to keep my head
above water, and strove time and time again to get a hold on the ice
surrounding the hole. But each time I reached a part of the ice that I
thought would hold, it would snap and I would have to start over
began to play me out. I was fatigued, and beginning to lose hope. I
put every ounce of what strength remained in one last effort. I
gripped another part of the frozen surface with all my might. It held,
and weakly, I pulled myself out.”
Zinman, after his harrowing experience, for a hot mustard foot bath and a change of dry clothes.
Camden Courier-Post - January 9, 1928
Jewish Yearbook for 1931-1932
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Camden Courier-Post - June 29, 1933
FORECASTS NEW REALTY BOOM
A new boom in real estate values within the next several months was forecast yesterday by Philip Zinman, Camden real estate man who spoke at the weekly meeting of the Camden Lions Club in Hotel Walt Whitman.
"President Roosevelt's Inflation program is responsible for the slow but sure comeback of real estate," Zinman said.
"Real estate, unlike stocks and other commodities. did not suffer such heavy losses when the last boom ended and depression set in. That is one reason why its recovery will probably be more quickly than other things.
"Within the last six-to eight weeks business of rentals of property has picked up tremendously. It will continue for with more people going back to work, it, means more rent and the payment of back debts.
factor will be that many empty houses will shortly be occupied. Three
out of every four tenants of houses in Camden and vicinity have
somebody else living with them at the present time. However it won't
be for long for the great American desire is to live in your own
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