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Accession Number
2017-2-12
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-2-12
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
45 cm of textual records and other material
230 photographs : sepia and b&w ; 23 x 30 cm and smaller
8 sound recordings (50 wav files; 1 microcassette)
1 artifact
Date
1937-2004
Scope and Content
Accession consists of textual records, photographs and audio recordings documenting the lives of Dick Steele, his wife Esther and friend Bill Walsh. The materials are mostly correspondences between Dick and Esther during his internment at the Don Jail and Ontario Reformatory in Guelph, and from Dick and Bill's military service overseas during the Second World War. They also include correspondences between Esther and Bill, Bill and Anne Walsh, "Jack" and Esther, and other family and friends. Some of the letters show evidence of being censored. There are news clippings in English and Yiddish about the family from various newspapers including the Canadian Tribune (a Communist Party paper). There is a letter Esther wrote to campaign for Dick's release from internment, part of women's activism in this period. There is also a photocopy of a memoir written by Moses Kosowatsky and Moses Wolofsky "From the Land of Despair to the Land of Promise" ca. 1930s. The photographs include Dick and Bill in the army during the Second World War, a signed picture of Tim Buck addressed to Esther and the twins and a photo of Dick delivering a speech related to the Steel Workers. Also included is a recording of edited sound clips of Bill and Esther talking about Dick, Esther speaking about the letters, (how she received letters and flowers from Dick after he had already been killed), Bill reading a letter Dick wrote to Esther that he left with friends in England to send her in the case that he was killed (which he was), recordings of "Bill Walsh Oral history" Vols.1 and 2 compiled by Leib Wolofsky's (Bill's nephew), and 5 audio recordings by Adrianna Steele-Card with her grandparents Bill and Esther. There is also a microcassette labelled "Joe Levitt." The accession also includes the stripe of a German corporal that Bill captured as a prisoner, peace stamps and an early copy of Cy Gonick's A Very Red Life: The Story of Bill Walsh, edited by Bill.
Administrative History
Richard (Dick) Kennilworth Steele is the name adopted by Moses Kosowatsky. He was born in 1909 in Montreal to Samuel Kosowatsky and Fanny Held. He lived in a laneway off Clark Street below Sherbrooke where his father collected and recycled bottles. He grew up with his siblings Joseph, Mortimer, Matthew, Gertrude and Edward. Bill Walsh (Moishe Wolofsky) was born in 1910, to Sarah and Herschel Wolofsky, the Editor of the Keneder Adler (Montreal's prominent Yiddish newspaper). He attended Baron Byng and then Commercial High School where he met Dick Steele. Bill recalled that Dick denounced militarism in the school when a teacher tried to recruit students to be cadets. Bill moved to New York City in 1927. His brother, who was living there, helped him get a job as a messenger on Wall Street. He also worked in the drug department at Macy's while attending courses at Columbia University in the evening. Dick worked on a ship for a year and then joined Bill in New York City in 1928. Dick worked at a chemical plant called Linde Air Products while also studying in the evenings at Columbia University. In 1931 Dick and Bill boarded a ship together in New York bound for Copenhagen. Together they travelled across Europe, witnessed a Nazi demonstration in Breslau, Germany and found work in Minsk and Moscow, Russia. This trip inspired them to become Communists. In 1933 Bill's father was on a Canadian trade mission to Poland, which he left to "rescue" his son from the Bolsheviks. Bill agreed to return to Canada after being advised to do so by the Comintern. He then changed his name to Bill Walsh to protect his family. In 1934 Bill moved to Toronto. He worked as the Educational Director for the Industrial Union of Needle Trade Workers and the Communist Party where he met Esther Slominsky/Silver, the organization's office manager. Dick joined Bill in Toronto soon after. Bill introduced Dick and Esther who then married. In 1940, Esther gave birth to twin sons Michael and John Steele. Esther was born in Toronto in 1914 to Joseph Slominsky and Fanny (Blackersany?). Her siblings were Bella, Eileen, Morris and step-sister Eva. Her father Joseph was a cloak maker and Esther also worked in the garment industry. Her mother Fanny passed away in 1920 at the age of 26 from tuberculosis. Dick was a metal worker and became a union organizer in the east end of Toronto. He was the head organizer of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) and the Steel Workers Organizing Committee of Canada (SWOC) until 1940 when he was dismissed for being a Communist. Bill helped organize Kitchener's rubber workers into an industrial union and was also an organizer for the United Auto Workers of Windsor, Ontario. Jack Steele, an alias for Dick's brother Mortimer, fought with the Mackenzie-Papineau Brigade in the Spanish Civil War. Jack Steele was recalled to Canada in October 1937 to rally support for the efforts in Spain, returned to the front in June 1938 and was killed in action in August. Some of Dick's letters to his wife Esther are signed "Salud, Jack" and were likely written in 1940 when the Communist Party (CP) was banned by the Canadian Government under the War Measures Act. In November 1941, after Mackenzie King's call for enlistment, Dick wrote to the Department of Justice to ask permission to join the army. He never received a reply. On 1 April 1942 Dick's home was raided and he was interned at the Don Jail until September 1942 when he was moved to the Ontario Reformatory in Guelph. Esther wrote a letter to Louis St. Laurent, Minister of Justice to appeal on his behalf. Major public campaigning by communists and the wartime alliance with the USSR after 1941 shifted public opinion toward the CP and the Canadian Government slowly began releasing internees in January 1942. Dick was released in October 1942 and enlisted at the end of the month. Dick died on August 17, 1944 in Normandy, France. He was a tank driver in the Canadian Army. Bill was similarly arrested in 1941, spending time in jail and then an internment camp with other members of the CP. He joined the Canadian army in 1943 and fought in Holland and Belgium. Bill was first married to Anne Weir who died of a brain hemorrhage in 1943 just before he enlisted. The family believes this may have been due to drinking unpasteurized milk. Encouraged by Dick Steele to take care of his family should he pass in the war, Bill married Esther Steele in 1946. They had a daughter named Sheri and were members of the United Jewish People's Order. For 20 years Walsh worked for the Hamilton region of the United Electrical Workers (UE). Bill remained a member of the CP until 1967 when we was expelled for criticizing another union leader. He died in 2004. Esther passed away in 2010 at age 96.
Use Conditions
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Descriptive Notes
RELATED MATERIAL NOTE: Library and Archives Canada has the William Walsh fonds and MG 28, ser. I 268, USWA, vol.4, SWOC Correspondence, has various letters from Dick Steele ca. 1938. Museum of Jewish Montreal has an oral history with Leila Mustachi (daughter of Max Wolofsky, Bill's brother) where she speaks about Bill, Dick and Esther. USE CONDITION NOTES: For "Bill Walsh Oral history" Vols.1 and 2, some contributors stipulate that recordings are restricted to personal use only and must not be used for any commercial purpose.
Subjects
World War, 1939-1945
Politics and government
Labour and unions
Name Access
Steele, Michael
Steele, Dick
Walsh, Bill
Walsh, Esther Steele
Places
Guelph, Ont.
Toronto, Ont.
Hamilton, Ont.
Oshawa, Ont.
Ottawa, Ont.
Montreal, Que.
Fort William/Thunder Bay, Ont.
Germany
England
Holland
Source
Archival Accessions
Name
Max Federman
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
March 19, 1976
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Max Federman
Number
AC 149
AC 150
Subject
Labor
Labor unions
Occupations
Industries
Interview Date
March 19, 1976
Quantity
2
Interviewer
Ben Schneider
Total Running Time
AC149A: 30. minutes AC149B: 30. minutes AC150A: 1. minute
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Max Federman was born in Poland. In 1919, Max moved to Germany where he attended school. He joined his father in Toronto in 1920. A union leader, labour Zionist and ardent-Communist, Max became actively involved in the union movement and served as representative of the Local Fur Workers Union. He was involved in a twenty year battle with the Communist leadership of the International Furrier Union until they disbanded and merged with the International Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union. Max was involved in Jewish community organizations including the Histadrut, Borochov School, and the United Jewish Welfare Fund.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Goldman, Emma
Federman, Max
Schneider, Ben
Geographic Access
Toronto
Germany
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Transcript
G:\Description\Oral Histories\AC 149, 150, Max Federman\AC 149, 150 notes.pdf
Source
Oral Histories

In this clip, Max Federman describes the conflict between the Federation of Labour (F of L) and Communist International Union (CIU) from 1938-1956. He discusses the steps in which the International Fur and Leather Union disaffiliated with the International Union to join the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union in 1956.

In this clip, Max Federman discusses his early involvement with a trade union while living in Germany in 1919.

Name
Edna Jacobs
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
December and March 1986
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Edna Jacobs
Number
AC 125
Subject
Families
Travel
Education
Occupations
Antisemitism
Girl Guides
Religion
Volunteers
Interview Date
December and March 1986
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Nancy Draper
Total Running Time
Side 1: 36 minutes Side 2: 46 minutes
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Edna (nee Frankel) Jacobs was born March 20, 1904 in Toronto, Her parents, Sigmund and Paula Frankel, were early immigrants from Germany. Edna attended Havergal from kindergarten through high school. She studied general arts for two years at the University of Toronto. She married Arthur Jacobs, the son of Rabbi Solomon Jacobs, in 1936. Together, they had one daughter, Patsy and a baby who died during infancy. Edna was involved with the Girls Club and the Junior Council of Jewish Women.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Toronto Girl's Club
Toronto Council of Jewish Women
Geographic Access
Toronto
Germany
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Transcript
G:\Description\Oral Histories\AC 125 Jacobs\AC 125 notes.pdf
Source
Oral Histories

In this clip, Edna Jacobs shares memories from a trip she and her family took to Biblis, Germany to celebrate her grandparents’ golden anniversary.

In this clip, Edna Jacobs reminisces about several prominent Toronto Jewish families.

Part Of
Betty Goldstick Lindgren fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 45; Item 34
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Betty Goldstick Lindgren fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
45
Item
34
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1910]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm on mat 20 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of Isadore and David working in a jewellery store located at 304 Yonge St. David is on the left and Isadore on the right. The photograph was likely taken before Isadore completed his Ph.D. and David his law degree.
Name Access
Goldstick, David
Goldstick, Isidore
Subjects
Employees
Stores, Retail
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
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1978-10-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 2508
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
2508
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[between 1935 and 1945]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Admin History/Bio
Minnie Soltz passed away in 1989.
Scope and Content
Minnie Soltz, pictured in the Minette Millinery, a hat shop on Yonge St. in Toronto.
Name Access
Soltz, Minnie
Subjects
Millinery
Women's hats
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
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1980-12-14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 2507
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
2507
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[between 1935 and 1945]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Name Access
Minette Millinery
Subjects
Millinery
Storefronts
Women's hats
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
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1980-12-14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1282
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1282
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1927]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Name Access
Alter Furs
Subjects
Fur trade
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
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1977-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1468
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1468
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1909
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Admin History/Bio
Leah Hershorn's maiden name was Cornfield.
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Leah Hershorn standing behind the counter of her tobacco shop.
Notes
Photo by J. W. Wilson Co., 143 Queen St. W.
Name Access
Hershorn, Leah
Subjects
Small business
Tobacco
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
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1977-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Miscellaneous collection series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 37; Series 9; Item 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Miscellaneous collection series
Level
Item
Fonds
37
Series
9
Item
4
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1914
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
Leon Koffler was born in Romania. He moved to Canada and settled in the Toronto area at the age of fifteen with his mother and his three sisters. Leon Koffler worked for Nelson's when he first moved to Canada as a fruit peddler. He graduated from the Ontario College of Pharmacy in 1921 and two years later opened his first pharmacy on College Street. Leon lived in the apartment above his store with his wife Tiana [née. Reinhorn] and their son Murray.
Scope and Content
Photograph is of Leon Koffler seated in a horse-drawn buggy, peddling fruit and vegetables at age 18.
The buggy has a Nelson's sign on it and the address for 460 Yonge Street.
Name Access
Koffler, Leon
Nelson's
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
Peddlers
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
see also photographs: 37-S4-3-item-2, 37-S4-3-item-3, 37-S4-3-item-9, 37-S4-3-item-15
Places
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Scheuer family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 47; File 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Scheuer family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
47
File
7
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1930]
Physical Description
9 photographs : b&w (3 strips of 3 photographs) ; 6 x 8 cm (photo) 20 x 9 cm (strip)
Scope and Content
File consists of snapshots taken of Isadore Scheuer walking along Yonge Street in Toronto. There are three strips of photographs with three photographs on each strip. Isadore is shown walking along the street and sidewalk and there are passersby, shops, and cars in the background.
Subjects
Streets
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
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1989-4-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Scheuer family fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 47; Item 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Scheuer family fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
47
Item
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[187-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 10 x 6 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photographic portrait of Benno Scheuer as a young boy taken in a studio in Stuttgart.
Notes
Albument print mounted on cartes-de-visite.
Studio: F. Willmann, Stuttgart.
Subjects
Children
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
One corner of the card is chipped.
The print has started to lift off its support.
Places
Germany
Accession Number
1989-4-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4497
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4497
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1929
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Notes
From the Benjamin Brown Collection : Commission CLV.
Name Access
Brown, Benjamin
Subjects
Architecture
Streets
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
Cumberland Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1987-9-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Betty Goldstick Lindgren fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 45; Item 12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Betty Goldstick Lindgren fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
45
Item
12
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1917]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 9 cm (sight) on mat 25 x 15 cm
Scope and Content
Portrait of Betty Goldstick as a teenager. This collodion print was taken at Dayou Photo Studios on Yonge Street.
Subjects
Portraits
Teenagers
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
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1978-10-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3772
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3772
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[between 1940 and 1945]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Lazer (Louis) Rottenberg taken at the corner of Yonge and Queen Streets in Toronto.
Notes
Photo by Newsreel Snaps, Yonge St. Arcade, Toronto.
Name Access
Rotenberg, Lazer
Subjects
Portraits
Streets
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
Queen Street East (Toronto, Ont.)
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1985-7-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Betty Goldstick Lindgren fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 45; Item 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Betty Goldstick Lindgren fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
45
Item
17
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1931]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 20 x 15 cm mounted and framed 39 x 30 cm
Admin History/Bio
Sarah Goldstick was married to Wolf Goldstick. Their daughter Celia married Mr. Louis Goodman and they had two daughters, Dina and Rose. Dina only lived until the age of two. The surviving child, Rose was born in Chicago. She married Mac Snider during the 1920s and they had two children, Jordon and Susan, who were born in 1929 and 1935 respectively. Her husband died at a young age in March 1935, leaving Rose a young widow.
Scope and Content
This family portrait includes four generations of Goldsticks: Sarah Goldstick (far right), Celia Goodman (left), Rose Snider ( back) and her son Jordon in front. The photograph was taken in Toronto at Simpson Brothers Studio on Yonge Street, five years before Sarah passed away in 1936.
Notes
The file list provides the name Gordon for the child. However, Betty's family record book indicates that Rose's son's name was Jordon Sigmund Harry Snider. Therefore Jordon is used as the name for the child.
Name Access
Goodman, Mrs. Celia
Goldstick, Mrs. Wolf
Snider, Gordon
Snider, Rose
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
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
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1978-10-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1253
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1253
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1898
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of members of the Frankel family on a visit to Biblis, Germany.
Front, left to right: Carl Frankel; Egmont Frankel; Beno Frankel. Lena Frankel is holding Roy Frankel.
Name Access
Frankel, Beno
Frankel, Carl
Frankel, Egmont
Frankel, Lena
Frankel, Roy
Subjects
Families
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
Germany
Accession Number
1977-4-7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1868
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1868
Material Format
graphic material
Date
June 20, 1920
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Admin History/Bio
Stop 17 was a transport stop in Thornhill served by an electrically powered rail line, called the Radial. The Jewish Girls' Club was sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women.
Scope and Content
This appears to be a Jewish Girls' Club outing.
Name Access
Yonge Street
Subjects
Girls
Picnics
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
Thornhill (Ont.)
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1980-1-11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3042
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3042
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1920
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 10 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a passport photograph of Zelig Nisker, taken in Troisdorf, Germany.
Name Access
Nisker, Zelig
Subjects
Portraits
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
Germany
Accession Number
1974-001
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Research Records sub-series
Hate Crimes and Hate Literature sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
5-4-6
File
35
Material Format
textual record
Date
1965
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence related to the German Statute of Limitation on Nazi War Criminals. Also included are other correspondence related to Germany including information on a CBC program about Jewish survivors living in Germany, and the treatment of a Jewish grave.
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Places
Germany
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1984-5-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1984-5-7
Material Format
object
graphic material
Physical Description
1 coin
16 photographs : b&w ; 7 x 10 cm
Date
1939-1945
Scope and Content
This accession consists of one Mount Sinai Lodge A.F. & A.M. No. 522 G.R.C. 25th anniversary coin. The coin has the lodge's coat of arms on the recto and a set of tablets with the words "keep these and good fortune will be yours" on the verso.
Also included are 16 photographs of the Allied Forces (including the Canadian Army) at Bergen-Belsen in April 1945 following the liberation of the camp. Pictured are the general grounds, mass graves with sign markers, a group of (local German?) women crowded around the back of an army truck, army personnel observing and taking photographs of a deceased victim, a crematoria, and Sam Pizel (standing right) and other servicemen with a box of human ashes.
Administrative History
Sam Pizel (?-29 Sept. 2004) was married to Lily and was the brother of Irving Pizel.
Subjects
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
World War, 1939-1945
Name Access
Pizel, Sam
Bergen-Belsen
Places
Germany
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 74; Item 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
74
Item
8
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[194-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 17 x 22 cm
Name Access
Royal Canadian Legion
Yonge Street
Subjects
Flags--Israel
Parades
Streets
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
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1976-9-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 52
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
52
Material Format
graphic material
Date
15 Nov. 1946
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph depicting a large line-up of people waiting to get into the first Lady Ellis Shop located at the corner of Yonge and Adelaide Streets in Toronto. The photograph was taken on opening day.
Name Access
Lady Ellis Shop
Subjects
Consumers
Storefronts
Women's clothing
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
Adelaide Street West (Toronto, Ont.)
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 70
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
70
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[195-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Scope and Content
This item consists of a photograph of a sign for Lady Ellis Shops in Toronto. The sign was probably on the subway line located at Yonge Street and Farnham Avenue.
Subjects
Signs and signboards
Stores, Retail
Women's clothing
Repro Restriction
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Farnham Avenue (Toronto, Ont.)
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 53
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
53
Material Format
graphic material
Date
15 Nov. 1946
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of the interior of the first Lady Ellis Shop located on the corner of Yonge and Adelaide Streets in Toronto. The photograph depicts many customers inside the store being shown merchandise by the sales women behind the counter.
Subjects
Consumers
Stores, Retail
Women's clothing
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
Adelaide Street West (Toronto, Ont.)
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 54
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
54
Material Format
graphic material
Date
15 Nov. 1946
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of the interior of the first Lady Ellis Shop located on the corner of Yonge and Adelaide Streets in Toronto. The photograph depicts many customers inside the store looking at merchandise.
Subjects
Consumers
Stores, Retail
Women's clothing
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
Adelaide Street West (Toronto, Ont.)
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sammy Luftspring fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 82; Item 26
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sammy Luftspring fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
82
Item
26
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Nov. 1948
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of the opening party for the Mercury Club, which was located at Dundas and Yonge.
Individuals pictured include: Joe Spring, Max Eisen, Bobbie Rosenfeld, Shorty Grossman (playing the piano) and Lou Krugel.
Notes
Sammy Luftspring acted as the host at the Mercury Club.
Image is located on Page 30 of the 65 x 48 cm scrapbook.
Subjects
Parties
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
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
2009-10-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sammy Luftspring fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 82; Item 34
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sammy Luftspring fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
82
Item
34
Material Format
graphic material
Date
29 Mar. 1985
Physical Description
1 photograph : col.
Scope and Content
Photograph of Sammy Luftspring riding down Yonge Street in the Canadian Cancer Society Parade with Earl Walls, Jim Proudfoot and Stan Brock. This same year Sammy was inducted into the Canada Sports Hall of Fame.
Notes
Image is located on Page 53 of the 34 x 30 cm scrapbook.
Name Access
Canadian Cancer Society
Subjects
Parades
Repro Restriction
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
2009-10-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Date
9 Nov. 1929
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 20 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Yonge Street looking south from Wilton Square.
Subjects
Streets
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
The City of Toronto Archives has the same image in Fonds 16, series 71, item 7435.
Places
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1980-12-14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Theatre (189 Yonge St., Toronto) sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 27; Series 1-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Theatre (189 Yonge St., Toronto) sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-1
Material Format
architectural drawing
textual record
Date
1913-1959
Physical Description
57 drawings : pencil on tracing paper, blueprints and other reproductions ; 72 x 114 cm or smaller
1 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Built in 1913, Loew's Yonge Street Theatre and Winter Garden Theatre complex was the flagship of Marcus Loew's Canadian theatre chain. The theatres were designed by Thomas Lamb as a "double-decker" theatre, with the Winter Garden located seven-stories above the street-level Yonge Street Theatre. This was the only double-decker theatre built in Canada and one of less than a dozen built internationally. The design was considered economical in that it provided a greater amount of seating on a given piece of real estate while allowing the theatre operator to present the same daily show in two theatres. The shows included both vaudeville acts and silent movies.
In 1928, there was a major fire on the site and the Winter Garden Theatre was closed due to the decline in popularity of vaudeville. By 1930, the Yonge Street Theatre was solely a movie theatre, equipped for sound movies. Over the years it gradually fell into disrepair, but continued as a movie theatre until 1981. It was renamed the Elgin Theatre in 1978.
In 1981, the Elgin and Winter Garden were purchased by the Ontario Heritage Foundation, and in 1987 the foundation began a two and half year, $30 million restoration of the theatres. The theatres re-opened in Dec. 1989 exclusively for theatrical productions.
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of seating plans, blueprints of structural details, and floor plans, sections and elevations for successive alterations (to the entrance, lobby, basement, etc.) of the theatre. The sub-series includes a copy of a city building permit dating from 1934 for renovations carried out by Loew's Theatres Engineering Division. Some of the blueprints date from the original construction of the theatre in 1913.
The sub-series is organized into 9 sub-sub-series, corresponding to project dates of 1913, 1919, 1934, 1939, 1949 (two projects), 1952, 1957 and 1959. The earliest materials, such as those from 1913 and 1919, were not created by Kaplan & Sprachman, but were no doubt used as reference materials for their work at the theatre.
Please note that the blueprints of structural details such as columns and roof reinforcing beams may apply to the theatre complex as a whole, including the Winter Garden Theatre.
Notes
Title is derived from the formal titles of the drawings.
Name Access
Lamb, Thomas
Elgin Theatre (Toronto)
Winter Garden Theatre (Toronto)
Subjects
Theaters
Physical Condition
Some drawings are torn & damaged.
Some are discoloured or damaged by deteriorating pressure-sensitive tape.
Places
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Military photographs series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 33; Series 2; Item 21
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Military photographs series
Level
Item
Fonds
33
Series
2
Item
21
Material Format
graphic material
Date
May 1945
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 19 x 24 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of Bill Stern in Celle, Germany with six other army and airforce servicemen. They are sitting in an army jeep, holding their rifles. Seated on the far right is Bill Stern and leaning against the jeep on the far left is Jimmy Thompson.
Notes
The photograph is mounted on cardboard.
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
Germany
Accession Number
2004-5-96
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Brown fonds
Commercial building plans and drawings series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 49; Series 3; File 21
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Brown fonds
Commercial building plans and drawings series
Level
File
Fonds
49
Series
3
File
21
Material Format
architectural drawing
Date
1948
Physical Description
1 architectural drawing : pencil and hand col. pencil crayon on tracing paper ; 52 cm length and 5 cm diam.
Admin History/Bio
Originally known as the Bedford, the Park Theatre was designed in 1929 by Murray Brown. It was renovated and renamed the Park in 1948. Located at 3291 Yonge Street, the building currently functions as a pet food store.
Scope and Content
File consists of designs of the 1948 renovations to the Park Theatre. A floor plan and a sketch of the stage area are included.
Related Material
See File 49-5-11 for architectural plans designed by Herbert G. Duerr of a theatre on Kingston Road.
Places
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
31 records – page 1 of 1.

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