Jules E. MastbaumJules Ephraim Mastbaum was born in July 6,1872, into a well-to-do family. He graduated at the age of seventeen from Central Manual Training School of this city, and then he attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
His first job was working at Gimbel Brothers Department Store in Danville, Illinois. He worked his way to become a buyer. In 1901, he left Gimbel Brothers and with his brother, Stanley, and Alfred w. Fleisher, he ventured into real estate. In 1905, he invested in the motion picture industry and became president of the famous Stanley Company of America.
While in Europe, he became very much interested in the work of Auguste Rodin and began collecting originals of recasts of the work of that great sculptor. The famous collection, assembled during his lifetime and now housed in the Rodin Museum in the Parkway, was his gift to Philadelphia. He was a great lover of music and a patron to the Philadelphia Orchestra.