Joseph Ginsberg was born in London 10 November 1894. He left London to live in Rhodesia in 1920 where established J Ginsberg & Co Ltd in the same year. Previously married to Gertrude Ginsberg with two children, Faye and Louis, he later married Mabel Bones Ginsberg (b.1909) on 28 January 1952. Ginsberg died 28 November 1982.
The business provided services as a land and estate agent, business brokers, company secretaries and valuations.
Commercial Union Assurance Company Ltd was established in 1904. It was initially created to undertake fire and accident insurance business in the UK and overseas.
In 1910, a motor department was established and, by 1914, the company had also set up a life department.
By 1926, the company was offering fire, life, motor car, personal accident, fidelity, employers’ liability, burglary, contract guarantee, plate glass, marine, householders and traders combined, third party liability and solvency insurance.
The company further extended its operations in 1931 by establishing an engineering department.
On August 21 1975, the company changed its name to the Commercial Union Life Assurance Company Ltd.
Paul Kiderlen was a German stamp dealer who dealt from Ulm, Wurtemburg, Germany from about 1890 to 1910.
Kiderlen was one of three prominent stamp collectors in the region that included Alfred Rieder and Julius Kinze. Kinze and Kiderlen specialised in covers franked with multiple stamps from exotic places. All three exchanged covers with each other.
Charleik Salomon was a Romanian immigrant. He arrived in Bulawayo in 1894 and opened a store near that location. He rose rapidly to become a successful wholesaler in the
years before 1914. Charelik had several wholesaling trading companies, Salomon & Stenham, Charelik Salomon and Co., C. Salomon & Co. of Vryburg, and Salomon and Kaufman.
Salomon started business as Salomon and Stenham, partnering with Oscar Steinmann (who later changed his name to Stenham). The company name was then changed to C. Salomon & Co. Stenham lived in London where he served as shipping agent. Shipping agents arranged imports and exports, paid import and export duties, freight charges, and usually gave a guarantee for all payments due by their clients.
In 1936, Charelik merged his company with Oscar Kaufman. The name of their business was again changed to Salomon and Kaufman (Pvt) Ltd. After a serious disagreement, Charelik’s son, Jack Salomon, sold out to Oscar Kaufman. Apparently, Jack liquidated all of his assets in Rhodesia and sent the proceeds out of the country. Oscar Kaufman then renamed his business, Kaufman Sons and Co. (Ltd).
Charelik Salomon became a wealthy wholesale merchant and philanthropist in Southern Rhodesia and one of the major financiers of the Susman brothers, Elie and Harry.