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Business in Mir 1926-1930

Overview

The information on businesses in Mir and outside of Mir and their owners is drawn from four business directories published in 1926-27, 1928, 1929 and 1930. Three are available as online digital resources from the Digital Library of Wielkopolska, and the 1929 directory from the 1929 Polish Business Directory Project page of Jewish Records Indexing-Poland.

Frank Proschan transcribed the entries from the 1926-27, 1928 and 1930 directories and updated the entries from 1929.

The 1929 Business Directory originally came from a microfilm donated to the New York Public Library by NY JGS and provided to the Mir shtetl website by the translator, Ellen Sadove Renck.

Consolidated list of Businesses for 1926-1930

Businesses outside Mir

Original 1929 Business Directory

The Number and Variety of Businesses in Mir in 1930
 

The number and variety of businesses in and around Mir in 1930

Below is a listing of the number of different businesses found within the village of Mir and the surrounding area. It might help to picture the town as it was in 1930, with some factories and mills, as well as small shops and market stalls. People in the surrounding communities and farms came to town on market days to buy manufactured goods, imported foods and livestock. Farmers could sell animals and locally produced foods.

This listing gives no indication of how many people were employed at various occupations, nor how many of family members were involved. There is no indication if the owner had a shop, a stall at the market square, or worked out of his home. This list does not reflect other local occupations, the number of people who were teachers or advanced students in the Yeshiva, whose payments for room and board provided a major source of income to local residents.

 

Businesses within Mir City Limits
1 Automobile Services
1 Bailiff
11 Bakers
1 Bank
1 Barber-surgeon
7 Blacksmiths
1 Book Dealer
2 Breweries
11 Butchers
7 Cabinet Makers
5 Cap Makers
2 Cement Goods
5 Cheese Manufacturers
4 Clock and Watch Makers
15 Cobblers
1 Cooperative Society
1 Dentist
3 Doctors
1 Doctor (pediatric)
1 Doctor (surgery)

3 Electricity Works
34 Fabrics
33 Foodstuffs
1 Footwear
2 Furriers
15 Grain
8 Grocers, Culinary Goods
3 Hairdressers
3 Hardware
8 Horse Dealers
2 Hotels
4 Iron
2 Ladies' Tailors
14 Leather
3 Locksmiths
4 Lubricants
2 Midwives
7 Mills
12 Notions
3 Parchment Paper Manufacturers
1 Pharmacist

1 Photographic Studio
1 Pig Dealer
1 Pork Butcher
3 Saddlers; Leather Cutters
1 Savings and Loan Company
3 Seeds
8 Potters
1 Property Owner
2 Restaurants
4 Spirits
1 Suits (Ready-Made)
11 Tailors
1 Tar Manufacturer
2 Tea Rooms
1 Tinsmith
5 Tobacco Goods
1 Travelling Articles
1 Veterinary Surgeon
3 Wheelwrights
1 Writing Materials
1 Yeast Factory
Businesses in  the region surrounding Mir
2 Blacksmiths
2 Brickworks
2 Cabinet Makers
9 Carpenters
2 Cheese Makers
5 Cobblers
2 Coopers
1 Distillery
4 Foodstuffs
2 Forestry
2 Landowners
1 Mason
1 Miller
4 Pig dealers
1 Sawmill
1 Starch Maker
5 Tailors
2 Tar Manufacturers
1 Vodka-maker
2 Wheelwrights
6 Windmills

 

Number of Businesses
 
1926-1927
1928 
1929
1930
In Mir
187
297
270
303
Outside Mir
29
52
53
58
Updated June 2008

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