Baltimore Postcards of the
I & M Ottenheimer Company
In August 1890, Isaac Ottenheimer, age 19 and his 14-year old brother Moses
rented one-half of a store located at Baltimore and Pine Streets to sell
books. By 1940 the firm had
more than 100 joke books, many
of them written by the brothers using
pen names of Moe and Joe Ott.
In 1880, Louis Ottenheimer, father of Isaac and Moses, is found in the federal census at 197 German
(later Redwood) Street. He was a
51-year old native of Bavaria living
with his wife Rachel and children
Henry, Joseph, Isaac, Julius, Moses
and Celia. Henry, Joseph and
Isaac were all born in Virginia,
while the remaining children
were born in Maryland.
By 1919, the company of I & M Ottenheimer had moved its headquarters from Baltimore
and Pine to 800-802 East
Isaac Ottenheimer and wife
1953. His widow, Fannye G. a native
of Memphis died in Baltimore
in 1961. She was survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ellinor G. Hirsch
and Mrs. Sadie O. Stern.
Moses Ottenheimer, wife Helen and
By 1963, the business was being
carried on by two grandsons,
A. T. Hirsh, Jr and A. D. Sheffler.
The firm's headquarters were
located in Pimlico.
None of the newspaper accounts
The following index,
is a partial
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