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Norbert Mortimer RODKINSON  ("Max RUBINSKY")1873 - 1927   PIONEER    PARENTS    LIFE    NOTES    LABELS    PHOTOS    THANK YOU

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Norbert Mortimer RODKINSON  ("Max RUBINSKY")1873 - 1927

aka Norbert M. Rodkinson, N. M. Rodkinson, Norbert Rodkinson, N. Rodkinson, Max Rubinsky
nationality
occupation
birth 13 Nov 1873, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
baptism
death 30 March 1927, at sea on board of SS "MINNEWASKA"
burial
marriage
Susann ........

b. 30 Oct 1874, Landau, Bavaria, GERMANY
d. ..............

childrenno children
marriage married on .. Apr/May/June 1914, Marylebone, London:
Corinne Marguerite (= Daisy) POLENZ

b. 20 Jan 1882, Dulwich/Norwood, London
d. .. Oct/Nov/Dec 1971, St Marylebone, London


naturalized through marriage to Norbert Rodkinson on 8 April 1914
childrenno children


PARENTS

father Michael/Michel/Michl Levy RODKINSON

b. 1845, .........
d. 1904, ..............

mother Emily/Amelia GIFFIN

b. <1843>, .......
d. ..........

children
  • Mark = Max

    b. <1864>, ........
    d. ............

  • Nathan = Norbert

    b. 13 Nov 1873, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    d. 30 March 1927, at sea on board of SS "MINNEWASKA"

  • Rose = Rosamond

    b. <1877>, .......
    d. .............


LIFE


son of a Russian-American Rabbi Michael L. Rodkinson (1845-1904), author of History of the Talmud (New York, 1903) 2 Vols. (with picture of Rabbi) and (New Edition of) the Babylonian Talmud (1897, 1903, 1918 translated by M. L. R. in 1918)

Norbert M. helped his father translating the Talmud.



SS "BRITISH PRINCESS"
.. Nov 1888 from Liverpool, ENGLAND
29 Nov 1888, Philadelphia, PA
Michl (51y) clerk (b. 14 May <1837> (year not indicated)
Emily (45y) (b. <1843>
children:
- Mark (24y; <1864>) lab (=Max?)
- Nathan (14y; <1874>) (=Norbert?)
- Rose (11y; <1877>) (=Rosamond?)


PETITION
Arrival New York 29 Nov 1888 (origin RUSSIA)
Date of naturalization: 7 June 1899
221 E 17 St, NYC
occupation: Manager

father: Michael/Michel Levy Rodkinson (in New York City Directory: editor)
mother: Emily Rodkinson

Rosamond RODKINSON (26y) born in <1878> in New York (daughter of Michael Levi RODKINSON & Amelia (Emily?) GIFFIN married Sydney Turk (38y) on 7 June 1904 York, York, Ontario, CANADA (Toronto)?


Arrival New York Michael Levy Rodkinson 10 Dec 1889
Date of naturalization: 13 March 1902
Occupation: editor

(1) Susann(e) ........ (b. <1875>, ........)
- 1903 with Susann Rodkinson (27y) wife (b. <1875>)
- 1909 (36y) with Mrs Norbert M. Rodkinson (wife; 34y) Must be Susann
- S. Rodkinson (British Phone Books see: ANCESTRY.com)

Susanne Rodkinson left the United States in Nov 1913 and is temporarily sojourning in Munich, Bavaria, GERMANY
PA #50268 (iss. 9 Feb 1915)
PA #37973 (iss. 23 Oct 1916)


Norbert RODKINSON

1903 (with wife Susann)




+
SS "AMERIKA"
dep.: 6 June 1907, Hamburg
arr.: 17 June 1907, New York (with Susann)


20 Dec 1909 with wife Susann


(2) Corinne Marguerite POLENZ (b. 20 Jan 1882, Norwood, London)
- 1881 British Census: Corinne POLENZ (b. <1881> 3 months old, Herne Hill, Surrey, England
- June 1914 spouse: Corinne Marguerite POLENZ (England & Wales FreeBMD Marriage Index)
- 1915-1919 Corinne Marguerite RODKINSON


British Phone Book 1918
N. M. Rodkinson Fir Island, The Ridgeway Mill Hill N.W.7, Finchley


British Phone Book 1926
Rodkinson, N. M. Import, Export Merchant, 8 Lloyds Avenue E.C.3, ROYAL
Rodkinson, Mrs. 64 Boundary Road N. W. 8, Maida Vale


British Phone Book 1927
Rodkinson, N. M. Merchant, 8 Lloyds Avenue E.C.3, ROYAL
Rodkinson, Mrs. 64 Boundary Road N. W. 8, Maida Vale


In 1933 Mrs. Corinne M. Rodkinson
In 1966, Cunningham, London
1967 Central, City of London, London
In 1971 Mrs. Corinne M. Rodkinson, 54 Grove End Gdns NW8 (01-286 1095)
Cunningham, Maida Vale


In 1900 appointed Russian Branch Manager in St. Petersburg (probably late 1900, since he is not mentioned in 1900 Gaisberg/Darby diaries)
Director Russian Gramophon Gesellschaft in Petersburg & Moscow
appointed in 1904 DGAG (to replace Birnbaum, who becomes Head in London)


Left DGAG on 1 August 1908 to erect Sachsische-Böhmische Holzwarenfabrik A.-G. (PhZ 9/51/1595 // PhZ 9/52/1620 // PhZ 10/1/10)

In 1908 RENA Manufacturing Company formed by Louis Sterling and N. M. Rodkinson
THE TALKING MACHINE REVIEW No. 71, Nov 1986 (pp. 2006-2030)
Page 2008 on Rodkinson (photo in TTMR No. 25, Dec. 1973, p. 36 = backcover)

see also "A Voice in Time", pp 124-125 about activities in 1909 in Russia (probably ORPHEON)

see also Otto Multhaupt file:
PhZ 10 J./No. 15/p. 409 (early 1909)
PhZ 10 J./No. 28/p. 666 (18 Nov 1909)
PhZ 11 J./No. 10/p. 280
PhZ 11 J./No. 45/p. 1003
PhZ 12 J./No. 46/p. 1057 (1911)



ELLIS ISLAND: 6 citings of Norbert Mortimer Rodkinson (US Citizen)


Norbert RODKINSON (29y) merchant
+ Susann RODKINSON 27y)
SS "KAISER WILHELM DER GROSSE"
dep.: 2 June 1903 Bremen
arr.: 10 June, New York

Rodkinson went to India late 1906 (Nov/Dec) and stayed four months
reorganized India branch of Gramophone Company
in connection with new Sealdah (Calcutta) factory (will be operative in autumn 1907)
Extensive travels through India.

"Rodkinson will go to Russia ca. April 1907, and afterwards to America for a few weeks and in autumn again to India." (PhZ 8/15/384)


In Phonographische Zeitschrift of .. April(?) 1907 we read that Rodkinson (DGAG) has returned from a four-month journey


Norbert M. RODKINSON (33y)
+ Mrs. N. M. (= Susann) RODKINSON (30y)
SS "AMERIKA"
dep.: 6 June 1907 Hamburg
arr.: 17 June 1907 New York



Robert [sic] Mortimer RODKINSON (no age)
SS "KRONPRINZ WILHELM"
dep.: 25 Aug 1908, Bremen
dep.: 26 Aug 1908, Southampton
arr.: 1 Sep 1908, New York



Norbert M. RODKINSON (36y)
+ Mrs. N. M. (= Susann) RODKINSON (34y)
SS "KAISERIN AUGUSTE VICTORIA"
dep.: 11 Dec 1909 Cuxhaven
Southampton - Cherbourg
arr.: 20 Dec 1909,


"Der vielen unserer Leser bekannte frühere Direktor der D. G. A., Herr Rodkinson, ist das Opfer eines Attentats geworden und liegt gegenwärtig schwer krank darnieder. Eine junge Russin, mit welcher R., wie die Tageszeitungen berichteten, ein Liebesverhältnis unterhalten hatte, hat ihm eine Kugel in die Brust geschossen und sich selbst darauf ebenfalls durch einen Schuss lebensgafährlich verletzt. Herr Rodkinson hat, seitdemor einigen Jahren aus der Leitung de D. G. A. ausgeschieden war, mit dem Zeitungsverleger August Scherl in Verbindung gestanden und die Leitung verschiedener technischer Unternehmungen desselben innegehabt, welche aber bisher mit Erfolgen nicht an die Oeffentlichkeit getreten sind."
(PhZ 13 J., No. 3, p. 46 ........)



On 6 January 1912 he is seriously wounded by a Russian woman, who shot him.
(New York Times 7/1/1912, 9/1/1912, 14/1/1912, 5/9/1912)



Norbert M. RODKINSON (41y)
SS "FRANCONIA"
dep.: 23 Jan 1915, Liverpool
arr.: 1 Feb 1915 New York



Corinne RODKINSON (33y)
SS "ST PAUL"
dep.: 10 Apr 1915, Liverpool
arr.: 19 Apr 1915, New York
Hotel Vanderbilt, New York



Corinne RODKINSON (33y)
SS "ROTTERDAM"
dep.: .. July 1915, New York
arr.: 24 July 1915, Falmouth
Hampstead, London N. 10, "The Pryors"



Norbert M. RODKINSON (42y)
+ Corinne RODKINSON (33y)
SS "NIEUW AMSTERDAM"
dep.: 30 Nov 1915, Falmouth
arr.: 9 Dec 1915, NY



Nor bert RODKINSON (42y) merchant
Corinne RODKINSON (32y)
SS "NEW YORK"
dep.: .. May 1916, New York
arr.: 21 May 1916, Liverpool, ENGLAND
10 "The Pryors", Hampstead, London N.W.




Corinne Marguerite RODKINSON (32y)
SS "BALTIC"
dep.: 29 Nov 1916, Liverpool
arr.: 8 Dec 1916, New York



Norbert Mortimer RODKINSON (44y)
SS "ADRIATIC"
dep.: 9 Jan 1918, Liverpool
arr.: 20 Jan 1918, New York



Corinne M. RODKINSON (35y)
SS "MAURETANIA"
dep.: 30 Oct 1918, Liverpool
arr.: 5 Nov 1918, New York
12 West 44th Street, New York City



Corinne Marguerite RODKINSON (38y)
SS "LAPLAND"
dep.: 27 Nov 1919, Southampton
arr.: 6 Dec 1919, New York
512, Fifth Avenue, New York City



Norbert M. RODKINSON (48y)
SS ""
dep.: 1922
arr.: 1922


Clever Max (= Rodkinson) died playing poker on an Atlantic liner.
(from: Music on Record, p. 32)


for Rodkinson see: A Voice in Time, p. 124-125


Norbert Mortimer RODKINSON (y)
SS "MINNEWASKA"
departure: 26 March 1927, London
arrival: 4 April 1927, New York
Fifth Avenue Hotel New York
Sheet No. 5 line 25: "Mr. Norbert Mortimer Rodkinson deleted, passenger died at sea March 30th. 1927, from heart failure" (Purser)



Corinne M. RODKINSON (45y)
SS "AMERICAN BANKER"
dep.: London 22 Oct 1927
arr.: New York 1 Nov. 1927
naturalized through marriage to Norbert Rodkinson, 8 April 1914
448 East 58th Street, New York City (45 y/9 months; Widowed in 1927



Corinne Marguerite RODKINSON (46y)
SS "BALTIC"
dep.: 29 Sept 1928 Liverpool
arr.: 9 Oct 1928, NY
1440 Broadway, NYC



Corinne M. RODKINSON (45y)
SS "ALAUNIA"
dep.: .. Jan 1929, New York, New York, US
arr.: 5 Feb 1929, London, ENGLAND
64 Boundary Rd, London N.W.8


picture in PhZ 7/6/1 (8 Feb 1906)

Picture of N. M. Rodkinson on p. 36 of The Talking Machine Review No. 25 (December 1973)

article on Colonial Club (New York Times27 March 1898 by N. M. Rodkinson
(p. 129, note 956: in The Buildings and projects of Lamb & Rich architects and related firms 1876-1935 by Scott Meacham, 2004
(N. M. Rodkinson is a broker)


Became a member of the Lambs in 1916


NOTES

  • Picture of Direktor M. N. (sic) Rodkinson, Deutsche Grammophone A.-G., Berlin (in: die Sprechmaschine No. 50, p. 1319 (14 Dec 1907))
  • Picture of N. M. Rodkinson on p. 36 (backcover) of The Talking Machine Review No. 25 (December 1973)
  • The Fred Gaisberg Diaries - Part 5 (in: The Talking Machine Review No. 60-61, Oct-Dec 1979, pp. 1630-1631; 1638-1639)
  • The Fred Gaisberg Diaries - Part 6 (in: The Talking Machine Review No. 62, 1980, pp. 1679-1680; 1685-1686)
  • A Voice in Time by Jerrold Northrop Moore, p. 124-125
  • The Story behind the Rena, Serena and Sonola Machines of the Rena Manufacturing Co., Ltd.. by Frank Andrews (in: The Talking Machine Review No. 71 of Nov 1986, pp. 2007-2030)
  • Phonographische Zeitschrift 8/15/384 (11 Apr 1907)
  • Notizen. Deutsche Grammophon Aktien-Gesellschaft (in: Phonographische Zeitschrift of .. April 1907
  • Favorite: the story of an independent German record company (1904-1914) by Hugo Strötbaum (in: The Lindström Project. Contributions to the history of the record industry / Beiträge zur Geschichte der Schallplattenindustrie. Vol. 2 (editors: Pekka Gronow & Christiane Hofer). Gesellschaft für Historische Tonträger, Wien 2010. ISBN 978-3-9500502-1-9


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