Does anyone have information on Ralph/Raphael Black and Benjamin Black
and their businesses in Manchester between 1900 and 1970? Raphael and
Benjamin's parents were Julius and Gertie Black, Russian emigrants.
Julius was a merchant in the Ostrich feather trade in Manchester. In
the 1911 Census the family, plus another son Isaac (born 1906), lived
at 98 Cheetham Hill Road, North Manchester. Sons Ralph/Raphael (born
1909) and Benjamin (born 1902) established their own business and in
the 1939 England and Wales Register were resident at 'Parkfield' (No.
147), Bury Old Road Salford. Ralph/Raphael was a Director and
Benjamin, Manager and Director of the business. Isaac may have been
living in a mental health institution. Benjamin married Pearl Falk in
1944 and died in 1950. At some time Raphael changes his name to Ralph.
Ralph died in Salford in 1972. Any information on the family, and
Ralph in particular, would be greatly appreciated. The information is
requested by Pat Allsopp of Salamander Bay, New South Wales. Posted by
Neil Fraser, on behalf of Pat Allsopp.