CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY
BORSTEIN ELECTRIC COMPANY
National Electric Supply
Adele's Apparel Shop
The Borstein Electric Compnay was operated in Camden by Isadore and Meyer Borstein. The Borstein brothers were the sons of Joseph and Celia Borstein. The Borsteins had come to America from Russia in 1889, living in Kentucky for several years in the 1890s and in Louisiana early in the century, before coming to Camden NJ, eventually settling at 1200 Everett Street. Besides Isadore and Meyer, there was another brother, Benjamin, and five sisters, Sadie, Clara, Rhenette, Rebecca, and Adele. Isadore Borstein was born in Kentucky in 1900, while brother Meyer was born in Louisiana in 1902. Joseph Borstein eventually opened up a grocery store.
Benjamin Borstein was drafted July 16, 1918 and sent to Camp Dix NJ where he was assigned to Company 41 of the 153rd Depot Brigade. While on furlough from Camp Dix he came down with Spanish influenza and died at home on September 30, 1918.
The Borstein family began the business in 1918. The business was at 930 Broadway during the winter of 1921. The following year the Borsteins leased space in the old Wildey Hall 502 Pine Street. The building was sold the following year, which forced a return to 920 Broadway. At the end of 1924 a lease was signed for 918 Broadway. By 1930 the family had moved to 606 South 5th Street. With the success of the business the Borsteins purchased a fine home at 1500 Baird Boulevard in the Parkside section of Camden. Isadore Borstein, who had wed after 1930, with his wife Mildred, moved to 2592 Baird Boulevard by 1947. Mildred Borstein served as bookkeeper to the company in those days.
The store moved several times during its years of operations, which spanned the 1930s through the 1970s. The business was located as late as the summer of 1942 at 201 Broadway, which which had been the home of Camden mayor Roy R. Stewart's haberdashery, and in recent years was been the home of Broadway Eddie's Food Court, owned by the late Broadway Eddie Warhoftig. When the Eagles Hall at 415 Broadway became available in November of 1942, the Borsteins purchased it at a tax sale from the city of Camden, and moved their business to the new building. By 1947 a second business, National Electric Supply, had opened up at 806-08 South 5th Street. The 1959 Bell Telephone directory shows that the two business had relocated to the corner of South 7th Street & Kaighn Avenue by 1959, although it appears that retail appliance operations had ceased. National Electric Supply was still in business at 7th Street and Kaighn Avenue as late as 1977.
Isadore Borstein also served as vice-president of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce in the late 1940s. A resident of Cherry Hill NJ in his later years, he passed in January of 1980. Brother Meyer moved to Miami FL, where he died November 10, 1989.
After working as a coat buyer for a department store, sister Adele Borstein operated Adele's Apparel Shop, known in later years simply as Adele's, from the 1940s through the 1960s at 1197 Haddon Avenue in Camden. She later moved her business, and in the late 1960s and early 1970s operated at Route 38 and Church Road in Cherry Hill. She passed away in March of 1984.
Electric - 1936
Looking South on Broadway
From the Elevated Railroad Tracks at Mickle Street
On left 200 to 222 Broadway, known as the Holl Block. The 12 story Stevens Building was at 300 Broadway, is gone; the site made into a parking lot.
On Right, Broadway beginning at 201, which was at the time the home of Borstein Electric. It had been the home and place of business of Roy R Stewart, Mayor of Camden from 1931 to 1935. In 1936 Roy R. Stewart's business was at 203.
The second building is the Grand Theater. The movie playing was the 1936 release "The Princess Comes Across", a comedy starring Carole Lombard and Fred McMurray.
January 1, 1938
This ad was part of a promotion where several local businesses donated gifts to the first baby born in Camden in 1938.
window of 413-417 Broadway
Sign across the street is for Dorothy's Little Bazaar at 412 Broadway
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