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Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 11; File 1; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
11
File
1
Item
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1900]
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 10 x 7 cm on matte 11 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
This photo was taken in Russia before Rebecca Kamarner's immigration to Canada.
Accession Number
1986-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 11; File 1; Item 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
11
File
1
Item
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[190-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12 x 7 cm
Notes
Postcard photo.
Accession Number
1986-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 11; File 1; Item 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
11
File
1
Item
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1912
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 14 cm
Scope and Content
The subjects of this photograph are, left to right: Anne, Rebecca and Bessie, with the baby, Jack, seated on Rebecca's lap. They are posed casually outside. The girls have bows in their hair and Jack is wearing a belt over a large white shirt. There is a kind of broad-leafed bush behind them and they appear to be in the shade of a sunny park. Rebecca is seated in an engraved highbacked chair with arm rests.
Notes
Photo printed on postcard.
Physical Condition
Appears to have been torn from an album of some kind in which the original backing has partially adhered to the photograph.
Accession Number
1986-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 11; File 1; Item 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
11
File
1
Item
4
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1913
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w ; 14 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
The subjects of the photograph are, left to right: Anne, [Chava?], and Jack Kamarner. This is a posed, formal photograph, taken in Toronto.
Notes
The subjects of this photograph were identified in the original accession list as "Anne, great-grandmother and Jack". It is more likely that [Chava?] is the grandmother of Jack, and that the information was taken down incorrectly, or that the reference was in connection to a later Kamarner generation.
Physical Condition
The photo has been marked by blue pen, particularly around the subjects' heads, and the upper right hand corner of the photograph is bent slightly.
Accession Number
1986-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 11; File 1; Item 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
11
File
1
Item
5
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1915
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 10 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
The portrait of Anne and Bessie is a studio photograph, taken in Toronto. Anne is standing to the right of her seated elder sister, Bessie.
Subjects
Portraits
Sisters
Physical Condition
The upper right and lower left corners of the photograph are torn.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1986-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 11; File 1; Item 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
11
File
1
Item
6
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1916
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
This photograph of Jack is a studio photo, in front of an artificial backdrop depicting a gate, table and vase. Jack is wearing a men's hat, tie, gloves, long jacket and formal attire, while posing with his hand on the prop wicker chair. The photo was taken in Toronto.
Notes
Photo printed on postcard.
Physical Condition
The top corners of the photo are torn and missing.
Accession Number
1986-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 11; File 1; Item 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
11
File
1
Item
7
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1916
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 14 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
In this posed studio photograph, Anne is seated cross-legged on a stool in front of a solid-coloured, draped backdrop. The stool has a swivel seat and has been raised so that her feat do not touch the floor. She is wearing a white dress and stockings, black leather shoes and what appears to be a black sash as a belt.
Notes
Postcard photograph.
Stamped: L. Surdin, Photo Studio, 16 Cameron St., Toronto.
Physical Condition
The photo is torn and badly creased along the left hand side.
Accession Number
1986-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 11; File 1; Item 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
11
File
1
Item
8
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1917
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
This is a posed studio photograph taken in Toronto. Both children are dressed formally and are standing. Jack has his hand in his coat pocket and is wearing a tie. Anne is wearing a dress with long sleeves and has her hair cut just below her ears, with her bangs cropped.
Accession Number
1986-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 11; File 1; Item 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
11
File
1
Item
9
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1918
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 7 x 11 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph includes members of three generations of the Kamarner family.
Relations of Rebecca Kamarner from left to right: (standing) Rebecca, Harry (husband), Bessie (daughter), [Chava?] (mother-in-law), Gussie (niece), Nathan "Nutta" (brother-in-law), and Reva Kamarner (sister-in-law); (sitting) Anne (daughter), Jack (son), and Florence (niece).
Florence and Gussie were the daughters of Nathan and Reva. Nathan was Harry's brother.
Physical Condition
Photograph is badly creased in the middle and is in danger of tearing.
Accession Number
1986-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 11; File 1; Item 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
11
File
1
Item
10
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1918]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 14 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
Jack Kamarner is seated on a toy pony. His sister, Anne, is standing beside him, and Rebecca appears to be leaning against a pillar on the porch of the house in the background. Jack is dressed in a cowboy outfit with a bandana around his neck and a kind of cowboy hat. Somebody standing outside the frame is reaching into the picture to hold the pony's bridle.
Notes
Photo postcard.
Accession Number
1986-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 11; File 1; Item 19
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
11
File
1
Item
19
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[192-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 7 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
Nathan and Reva are standing in the foreground, with Gussie clearly visible behind and between them. A fourth figure is obstructed from view, but could possibly be their other daughter Florence. The snapshot is taken outside of a residential building in Toronto, possibly the family home.
Accession Number
1986-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 11; File 1; Item 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
11
File
1
Item
11
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1920]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 15 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
The photograph is of seven members of the Kamarner family. They are outside, in fornt of a tree, perhaps in a residential backyard. The grandmother is seated on a chair and the boys are seated in front. Everybody else is standing
First row from left: [unknown], Jack.
Second row: Bessie Kamarner Robins, Chava Kamarner, [unknown].
Back row: Anne Kamarner Grainer (?), [unknown].
The two unidentified women might be Florence and Gussie Kamarner. The unidentified boy might be their brother Abe. They are the children of Nutta Kamarner.
Notes
Reference to an "identification copy" on the original accession list, currently missing?
Physical Condition
Photo is torn and discoloured in the upper left hand corner.
Accession Number
1986-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 11; File 1; Item 18
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
11
File
1
Item
18
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[192-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 10 x 5 cm ; on matte ; 16 x 8 cm
Scope and Content
This is a posed photograph of Rebecca Kamarner seated in an ornate high-backed chair.
Notes
Photographer's inscription on matte reads Thompson [?--possibly "Bros".], 177½ Yonge St. Toronto.
Physical Condition
The photograph that is pasted on the matte is not squarely trimmed and the matte has become scuffed.
Accession Number
1986-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 11; File 1; Item 12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
11
File
1
Item
12
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1922]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 6 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
There appears to be a woman in the driver's seat, likely Rebecca Kamarner.
Accession Number
1986-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 11; File 1; Item 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
11
File
1
Item
13
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1922]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 8 cm
Scope and Content
The Ontario license plate on the automobile reads 1922. Of the two people in the automobile, the one in the passenger seat might be Harry Kamarner, but the men's faces are obscured by the reflection on windshield. The automobile is parked on a brick road, on what appears to be a residential street.
Accession Number
1986-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 11; File 1; Item 14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
11
File
1
Item
14
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1927
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
The photograph is of an [unknown?] female, possibly a relative, and Jack Kamarner in Toronto.
Accession Number
1986-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 11; File 1; Item 15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
11
File
1
Item
15
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1927]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 7 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
This is a family snapshot, taken outdoors in bright sunlight. Residential buildings and tree foliage can be seen in the background. Pictured are, left to right: Florence Roth (née Kamarner), Harry Graner, [unknown?], Jack Kamarner, [unknown?], and the shoulder of another unknown person (cut off by frame).
Notes
Print is somewhat faded.
Accession Number
1986-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 11; File 1; Item 16
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
11
File
1
Item
16
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1928]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
The business pictured is Merchants Clothing Co., 131 Queen St. West. Prices for the artciles of clothing are clearly visble on the signs behind the figure of Jack. A variety of hats are on display in the front window.
Name Access
Kamarner, Jack
Merchants Clothing Co.
Subjects
Storefronts
Physical Condition
There is some blurring of the image and discoloration on this print, especially towards the lower right corner.
Places
Queen Street West (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1986-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 11; File 1; Item 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
11
File
1
Item
17
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1928]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
Snapshot of, left to right: Saul Lean (family friend?) and Jack Kamarner. The two companions are lathered for shaving and posing with their razors. Both men are wearing tank tops and trousers with high socks. The sign in the background, attached to what appears to be a kind of rustic camp cabin, reads "Pine" and is slightly obscured by Saul Lean's head in the foreground.
Accession Number
1986-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 11; File 1; Item 22
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
11
File
1
Item
22
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[193-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 11 cm
Admin History/Bio
The Judean Knights of Pythias are a fraternal chapter, in Toronto, affiliated with the Knights of Pythias fraternal society, founded by Justus H. Rathborn in Washington in 1864. The principles of the charitable and social order are listed as: friendship, charity and benevolence. The Knights of Pythias have been in Ontario since 1872 and are still active.
Scope and Content
Photograph includes Harry and Jack Kamarner, and Harry Graner: identified as 4th, 5th and 6th from right to left in the front row. The other group members are not identified.
Accession Number
1986-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 11; File 1; Item 20
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
11
File
1
Item
20
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1930]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12 x 8 cm
Scope and Content
Jack Kamarner is standing on the far left. The others in the photo are not identified. The Delmonte Hotel may have been a northern Ontario resort hotel of some kind.
Accession Number
1986-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 11; File 1; Item 21
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
11
File
1
Item
21
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1930]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12 x 8 cm
Scope and Content
The snapshot is of an unidentified co-ed group photo at the Delmonte Hotel. Some of the people appear to be the same friends as photographed in photo #20 of the same file. Jack Kamarner may be the individual moving on the steps to the right of the frame, as he is wearing a collared shirt that matches roughly the one worn in photo #20, however the face is blurred, preventing easy identification.
The age of the group appears to be fairly uniform, perhaps in their mid-twenties, suggesting a social organization group activity, or a professional affiliation.
Accession Number
1986-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 11; File 1; Item 23
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
11
File
1
Item
23
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[194-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
This snapshot is taken in front of the family home at 72 Barton St., Toronto. The grandchild could possibly be one of Jack Kamarner's daughters, Anne or Nancy.
Accession Number
1986-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 11; File 1; Item 24
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
11
File
1
Item
24
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[195-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
As in photo #23, Rebecca and Harry are standing in front of 72 Barton St. They appear to be somewhat older than in the other photo, however.
Physical Condition
The photo has been trimmed unevenly by hand.
Accession Number
1986-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Personal series
Life cycle and family events sub-series
Family photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 4; Series 1-5; File 1; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Personal series
Life cycle and family events sub-series
Family photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
4
Series
1-5
File
1
Item
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1900]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a portrait.
Subjects
Portraits
Rabbis
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Committee for Soviet Jewry series
Protest activities sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 3-5; File 15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Committee for Soviet Jewry series
Protest activities sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
3-5
File
15
Material Format
textual record
Date
Mar. 1972
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of notices and order information concerning the publication of a special illustrated Soviet Jewry Passover Haggadah by Mark Podwal. The Haggadah is a religious text which lays out the order of the Passover Seder ceremony.
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Committee for Soviet Jewry series
Protest activities sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 3-5; File 138
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Committee for Soviet Jewry series
Protest activities sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
3-5
File
138
Material Format
textual record
Date
Apr. 1986
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains a programme for a special Seder service for Soviet Jewry held 27 Apr. 1986 at the Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Entertainers series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 4; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Entertainers series
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
4
Item
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Feb. 1940
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 9 cm and 11 x 8 cm
Admin History/Bio
Willie Bryant (b. August 30, 1908) was an American jazz bandleader, vocalist, and disc jockey.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Bryant grew up in Chicago. His first job in entertainment was dancing in the Whitman Sisters Show in 1926. He worked in various vaudeville productions for the next several years and in 1934 he appeared in the show Chocolate Revue with Bessie Smith.
In 1934, he put together his first big band, which at times included Teddy Wilson, Cozy Cole, Johnny Russell, Benny Carter, Ben Webster, Eddie Durham, Ram Ramirez, and Taft Jordan. They recorded six times between 1935 and 1938 with Bryant singing on 18 of the 26 sides recorded.
Once his ensemble disbanded, Bryant worked in acting and disc jockeying. He recorded R&B in 1945 and led another big band between 1946 and 1948. During September and October 1949, he hosted Uptown Jubilee, a short-lived all-black variety show on CBS-TV . The show aired on Tuesday nights.
In the 1950s he was the emcee at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. He moved to California later in the 1950s and died of a heart attack in Los Angeles in February 9, 1964.
Scope and Content
This is a portrait of Willie Bryant. The photograph was taken at the Apollo Theatre in New York City.
Subjects
Musicians
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
New York (N.Y.).
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Entertainers series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 4; Item 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Entertainers series
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
4
Item
4
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Nov. 1943
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 18 x 13 cm and 13 x 9 cm
Admin History/Bio
Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (b. April 29, 1899) was an American composer, pianist, and big band leader.
A prominent figure in the history of jazz, Ellington's music stretched into various other genres, including blues, gospel, film scores, popular, and classical. His career spanned more than 50 years and included leading his orchestra, composing an inexhaustible songbook, scoring for movies, and world tours.
Ellington called his music "American Music" rather than jazz, and liked to describe those who impressed him as "beyond category". These included many of the musicians who were members of his orchestra, some of whom are considered among the best in jazz in their own right, but it was Ellington who melded them into one of the most well-known jazz orchestral units in the history of jazz.
Ellington recorded for many American record companies, and appeared in several films.
Ellington led his band from 1923 until his death in 1974.
Scope and Content
This item is a portrait of Duke Ellington.
Name Access
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974
Subjects
Musicians
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Entertainers series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 4; Item 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Entertainers series
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
4
Item
5
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Nov. 1943
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 18 x 13 cm and 12 x 8 cm
Admin History/Bio
Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (b. April 29, 1899) was an American composer, pianist, and big band leader.
A prominent figure in the history of jazz, Ellington's music stretched into various other genres, including blues, gospel, film scores, popular, and classical. His career spanned more than 50 years and included leading his orchestra, composing an inexhaustible songbook, scoring for movies, and world tours.
Ellington called his music "American Music" rather than jazz, and liked to describe those who impressed him as "beyond category". These included many of the musicians who were members of his orchestra, some of whom are considered among the best in jazz in their own right, but it was Ellington who melded them into one of the most well-known jazz orchestral units in the history of jazz.
Ellington recorded for many American record companies, and appeared in several films.
Ellington led his band from 1923 until his death in 1974.
Scope and Content
This item is a portrait of Duke Ellington.
Name Access
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974
Subjects
Musicians
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Entertainers series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 4; Item 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Entertainers series
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
4
Item
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Feb. 1940
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 18 cm and 9 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
Willie Bryant (b. August 30, 1908) was an American jazz bandleader, vocalist, and disc jockey.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Bryant grew up in Chicago. His first job in entertainment was dancing in the Whitman Sisters Show in 1926. He worked in various vaudeville productions for the next several years and in 1934 he appeared in the show Chocolate Revue with Bessie Smith.
In 1934, he put together his first big band, which at times included Teddy Wilson, Cozy Cole, Johnny Russell, Benny Carter, Ben Webster, Eddie Durham, Ram Ramirez, and Taft Jordan. They recorded six times between 1935 and 1938 with Bryant singing on 18 of the 26 sides recorded.
Once his ensemble disbanded, Bryant worked in acting and disc jockeying. He recorded R&B in 1945 and led another big band between 1946 and 1948. During September and October 1949, he hosted Uptown Jubilee, a short-lived all-black variety show on CBS-TV . The show aired on Tuesday nights.
In the 1950s he was the emcee at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. He moved to California later in the 1950s and died of a heart attack in Los Angeles in February 9th,1964.
Scope and Content
Item is a portrait of Willie Bryant with two companions of Sylvia Schwartz: Jewell Schwartz and Frances Gruber. The photograph was taken at the Apollo Theatre in New York City.
Subjects
Musicians
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
New York (N.Y.).
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Entertainers series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 4; Item 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Entertainers series
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
4
Item
6
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Nov. 1943
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 18 x 13 cm and 12 x 8 cm
Admin History/Bio
Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (b. April 29, 1899) was an American composer, pianist, and big band leader.
A prominent figure in the history of jazz, Ellington's music stretched into various other genres, including blues, gospel, film scores, popular, and classical. His career spanned more than 50 years and included leading his orchestra, composing an inexhaustible songbook, scoring for movies, and world tours.
Ellington called his music "American Music" rather than jazz, and liked to describe those who impressed him as "beyond category". These included many of the musicians who were members of his orchestra, some of whom are considered among the best in jazz in their own right, but it was Ellington who melded them into one of the most well-known jazz orchestral units in the history of jazz.
Ellington recorded for many American record companies, and appeared in several films.
Ellington led his band from 1923 until his death in 1974.
Scope and Content
This item is a portrait of Duke Ellington.
Name Access
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974
Subjects
Musicians
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Entertainers series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 4; Item 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Entertainers series
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
4
Item
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Mar. 1943
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 18 cm and 11 x 9 cm
Admin History/Bio
Robert Todd Duncan (b. February 12, 1903) was an American baritone opera singer and actor.
Todd Duncan was born in Danville, Kentucky in 1903. He obtained his musical training at Butler University in Indianapolis with a B.A. in music followed by an M.A. from Columbia University Teachers College.
In 1933, Duncan debuted in Pietro Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana at the Mecca Temple in New York with the Aeolian Opera, a black opera company.
Duncan was George Gershwin's personal choice as the first performer of the role of Porgy in Porgy and Bess in 1935 and played the role more than 1,800 times. He led the cast during the Washington run of Porgy and Bess at the National Theatre in 1936, a staging which protested the theatre's policy of segregation. Duncan stated that he, "would never play in a theater which barred him from purchasing tickets to certain seats because of his race." Eventually management would give into the demands and allow for the first integrated performance at National Theatre. Duncan was also the first performer for the role of Stephen Kumalo in Kurt Weill's Lost in the Stars.
In 1945, he became the first African American to sing with a major opera company, and the first black person to sing in an opera with an otherwise white cast, when he performed the role of Tonio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci with the New York City Opera. In the same year he sang the role of Escamillo, the bullfighter, in Bizet's Carmen. In 1955, Duncan was the first to record Unchained Melody, a popular song with music by Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret. The recording was made for the soundtrack of the obscure prison film Unchained. Following Duncan's version, the song went on to become one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century.
Duncan taught voice at Howard University in Washington, D.C. for more than fifty years. While teaching at Howard, he continued touring as a soloist with pianists William Duncan Allen and George Malloy. He had a very successful career as a concert singer with over 2,000 performances in 56 countries. He retired from Howard and opened his own voice studio teaching privately and giving periodic recitals.
He died of a heart ailment at his home in Washington, D.C., in 1998.
Scope and Content
This item is a portrait of Todd Duncan.
Notes
This negative has two images on it.
Subjects
Actors
Singers
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Entertainers series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 4; Item 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Entertainers series
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
4
Item
9
Material Format
graphic material
Date
June 1946
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 18 cm and 11 x 8 cm
Admin History/Bio
Phyllis Marshall (b. Barrie, ON, 4 Nov 1921) was a Canadian singer and actress. She studied piano as a child and was known as a track athlete, but made her debut at 15 as a singer on radio station CRCT. She then performed with Jack Arthur and on CBC radio with Percy Faith.
Her first nightclub engagement was at Toronto's Silver Slipper, September 1938, with the Canadian Ambassadors. Encouraged by the CBC announcer Byng Whitteker to sing blues and jazz, she performed during the 1940s with various Toronto dance bands, including an 18-month stint at Toronto's Park Plaza Hotel 1944-46, with her own trio, and on tour 1947-8 in the USA with the Cab Calloway Orchestra.
A contemporary of Eleanor Collins among early black performers on the CBC, Marshall appeared 1949-52 on radio's 'Blues for Friday' (later 'Starlight Moods') and starred on TV's 'The Big Revue' 1952-4, 'Cross-Canada Hit Parade' 1956-9, and other shows. She performed with Canadian jazz notables including Oscar Peterson and Bert Niosi, and also starred in the Canadian National Exhibition grandstand show. She performed in England on BBC TV in 1959 (The Phyllis Marshall Special) and again in 1964 in nightclubs. Her LP That Girl (1964, Cap FS-614), recorded in the company of US jazz stars Buck Clayton and Buddy Tate, captures Marshall's light, secure singing style and received a Juno Award as 'good music product LP'. Marshall had earlier recorded for Monogram in 1949.
Her second career, as an actress, began in 1956 at Toronto's Crest Theatre and included dramatic and musical roles in stage, radio, and TV productions such as the revue Cindy-Ella (1964), CBC radio's 'The Amen Corner' (1970), and CBS-CTV's Night Heat in the mid-1980s. She continued to sing on occasion - eg, at the ACTRA Awards in 1977, and for Freedom Fest (Harbourfront) in 1988.
Marshall is remembered as one of Canadian television's earliest stars, and as a pioneer among black Canadian performers.
She died in Toronto in 1996.
Scope and Content
This item is a portrait of Phyllis Marshall.
Notes
This negative has two images on it.
Subjects
Actors
Black Canadians
Singers
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Related Material
Images of her performing at the Park Plaza Hotel in 1946 are included in Series 5, Sub-series 4, File 1 of this fonds.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Entertainers series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 4; Item 12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Entertainers series
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
4
Item
12
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Feb. 1944
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 10 cm and 12 x 8 cm
Admin History/Bio
Bert Niosi (b. London, Ontario, February 10, 1909) was a Canadian bandleader, clarinetist, saxophonist, composer and arranger, known as "Canada's King of Swing".
He began studying flute and saxophone at age nine with Pasquale Venuta in London, Ont, and for a time in his teens played with Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians in Cleveland. He then toured on the Loew's vaudeville circuit with his own band, the McPhillips Buescher Boys' Orchestra, which included his brother Joe (bassist, b London, Ont, 26 May 1906, d Toronto 14 May 1977), Tony Briglia (drummer, later a founding member of the Casa Loma Orchestra), and Hugo D'Ippolito (pianist, later a member of the Royal Canadians).
In 1931 Niosi formed a nine-piece band to play at the Embassy Club in Toronto. In 1932 he expanded the band and moved to the Palais Royale dance hall where, in an 18-year residence, he became an institution in Canadian pop music. The band was heard nationally on CBC broadcasts and toured Canada in 1945 and 1946. It included Niosi's brother Johnnie (drummer, b London, Ont, 26 Sep 1914, d Toronto 21 Nov 1965).
Niosi next embarked on a career with the CBC, first as a member 1952-9 of the Happy Gang, and then as music director of the TV series 'Four for the Show,' 'Cross-Canada Hit Parade,' and, 1965-76, 'The Tommy Hunter Show'. He continued to lead a dance band on occasion and returned to the Palais Royale for appearances as late as 1979.
A versatile musician, Niosi was proficient on trumpet and trombone as well as with the alto saxophone and clarinet; accompanied by his brothers he played all four instruments on a CBC TV show ca 1957. On an earlier occasion (1950) he played Mozart's Clarinet Quintet with the Solway String Quartet for CBC radio.
Niosi's recordings included several 78s from the 1940s with a jazz sextet for RCA Victor and Musicana, and one with his orchestra for Zephyr. He also made an LP as leader of the Jack Kane Band (1963, CTL CTLS-5036) and others as a soloist with the Albert Pratz Orchestra (RCI 173 and 174) and with the Johnny Burt Strings (1964, CTL CTLS-5044). His compositions have been recorded by Lucio Agostini and by the pianist Alexander 'Ragtime' Read.
Niosi died in 1987 in Mississauga.
Scope and Content
This item is a portrait of Bert Niosi.
Name Access
Niosi, Bert, 1909-1987
Subjects
Musicians
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Entertainers series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 4; Item 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Entertainers series
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
4
Item
13
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Oct. 1941
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 18 cm and 8 x 14 cm
Admin History/Bio
Bennie Payne (b. 18 June, 1907, Philadelphia, PA) was a pianist and arranger. He played with the likes of Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Chu Berry, and Fats Waller, but his longest collaboration was with the lounge singer Billy Daniels; during the 1950s, they were among the first African-American entertainers to appear on national television. In 1964, Payne appeared on Broadway in a revival of "Golden Boy" with Daniels and Sammy Davis, Jr.
He is best known as the pianist in Cab Calloway's band.
Payne died in 1986 in Los Angeles, CA.
Scope and Content
This item is a portrait of Bennie Payne with two companions of Sylvia Schwartz: Jewell Schwartz and Frances Gruber.
Subjects
Musicians
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Entertainers series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 4; Item 18
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Entertainers series
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
4
Item
18
Material Format
graphic material
Date
May 1943
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 9 cm and 12 x 8 cm
Admin History/Bio
Johnny Wayne (b. Louis Weingarten, May 28, 1918) was a Canadian comedian best known as a member of the comedy duo Wayne and Shuster (with Frank Shuster).
Wayne was the son of a successful clothing manufacturer who spoke several languages and the eldest of seven children.
Wayne and Shuster met at Harbord Collegiate, Toronto, where they performed in annual revues. After receiving BAs in English from the University of Toronto, they were both studying for their masters when WWII intervened. After enlisting in the infantry, they were soon reunited, writing and performing for The Army Show.
Following the war, they returned to Canada and worked together on radio (by 1946 they had their own show on CBC) and later on television. In 1950 they began appearing as guests on various American TV programs, including a record sixty-seven performances on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
Johnny Wayne died in 1990 of brain cancer.
Scope and Content
This item is a portrait of Johnny Wayne.
Name Access
Wayne, Johnny, 1918-1990
Subjects
Comedians
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Entertainers series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 4; Item 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Entertainers series
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
4
Item
17
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Oct. 1941
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 18 cm and 12 x 9 cm
Admin History/Bio
Walter 'Foots' Thomas (b.1907, Muskogee, Oklahoma) was a saxophonist and arranger in Cab Calloway's orchestra. He moved to New York City in 1927, and played for a time with Jelly Roll Morton. He then joined the Missourians in 1929, just before Calloway took it over.
Since the 1940s, he lived in Englewood, New Jersey. He died on August 26, 1981 as a result of cancer.
Scope and Content
This item is a portrait of Walter "Foots" Thomas.
Notes
This negative has two images on it.
Subjects
Musicians
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Entertainers series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 4; Item 19
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Entertainers series
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
4
Item
19
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Nov. 1945
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 10 cm and 12 x 8 cm
Admin History/Bio
John (Jacob) Weinzweig (b. March 11, 1913) was a Canadian composer of classical music.
Born in Toronto, Weinzweig went to Harbord Collegiate Institute, and studied music at the University of Toronto. In 1937, he left for the United States to study under Bernard Rogers. During the Second World War, he began composing film music, and in 1952 he became a professor at the University of Toronto. In the previous year he had co-founded the Canadian League of Composers, and he was actively involved in several other organisations representing musicians and composers.
In 1974, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 1988, he was awarded the Order of Ontario.
Weinzweig died in 2006.
Scope and Content
This item is a portrait of John Weinzweig.
Notes
This negative has two images on it.
Name Access
Weinzweig, John, 1913-2006
Subjects
Musicians
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Physical Condition
Negative is bent as if it has been rolled around something for a long period of time. Emulsion is still intact and not cracked as a result of the bending.
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