About Henry Blank
- Name: Mr Henry Blank
- Born: Tuesday 17th September 1872
- Age: 39 years
- Last Residence: in Glen Ridge New Jersey United States
- Occupation: Jeweller
- 1st Class passenger
- First Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912
- Ticket No. 112277 , £31
- Cabin No.: A31
- Rescued (boat 7)
- Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
- Died: Thursday 17th March 1949
- Buried: Arlington Cemetery Drexel Hill Pennsylvania United States
Mr Henry Blank was born in Providence, Rhode Island, USA on 17 September 1872 the son of Henry Blank Sr. and Hortense Lowenather . Henry moved to Philadelphia with his family in his youth. He later moved to Newark, New Jersey, while still a teenager in search of better job opportunities.
In Newark, he began working for a jewellery manufacturer, and the owners of the firm recognized Henry's own artistic and mechanical abilities. They eventually apprenticed him at the bench where Henry would become a goldsmith and subsequently, a platinumsmith, all before he was 21-years-old.
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Henry Blank died from pneumonia on 17 March 1949 at the age of 76. He was buried in the family plot in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. He had five children who lived to maturity (four boys and a girl). His son Carl died in Bloomfield, N.J. in 1969; Philip died in Montclair, N.J. in 1985. Ralph was the last surviving male child, dying in Summit, N.J. on October 19, 1990 at the age of 84. Henry Blank's daughter Hortense lives today in the Philadelphia area.
Notes 1. The death certificate incorrectly gives the name as Lowerather.
In May 1997 an exhibition of antique Newark jewelry opened at the Newark museum. Newark was a jewelry manufacturing center at the turn of the century, producing some remarkably well designed and crafted items. until this exhibit was assembled, the Newark jewelers were never well documented or researched. Barry Weber (Edith Weber Antique Jewelry)
The book American Jewelry Manufacturers lists the company as follows:
Whiteside & Blank. Newark, New Jersey JC (indicates Jeweler's circular listing) 1896 N.E. Whiteside & Co. JC 1904 & 1915 Whiteside and Blank Succeeded by Henry Blank & Company (q.v.) in 1917 Products: jewelry Mark: C with arrow through it.
The company records are now held by the Newark Historical Society.
- Dorothy Rainwater, American Jewelry Manufacturers, Schiffer. ISBN 0-88740-120-1
- Michael A. Findlay (1994) Henry Blank, Titanic Survivor, Voyage, Journal of the Titanic International Society, Spring 1994
- Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55)
- Family of Henry Blank
- Phillip Gowan, USA
- Michael A. Findlay, USA
- Hermann Söldner, Germany
- Barry Weber, USA
Henry Blank's Timeline
September 17, 1872
March 17, 1949
Arlington Cemetery Drexel Hill Pennsylvania United States