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Level
Item
ID
Item 1501
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1501
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1908]
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 9 x 14 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a print of Louis Minden standing in front of his clothing store in Webbwood, Ontario near Espanola.
Name Access
Minden, Louis
Subjects
Clothing 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
Webbwood (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Samuel Posluns fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 70
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Samuel Posluns fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
70
Material Format
cartographic material
graphic material
textual record
Date
1925-1984
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
91 photographs : b&w ; 25 x 20 cm or smaller
1 map : 46 x 65 cm
Admin History/Bio
Samuel Posluns (1910-1994) was born in Toronto to Abraham Isaac Poslaniec (1870-1922) and Sheindel Saltzman (1872-1960). He had three brothers and three sisters: Joseph, Louis, Abe, Gertrude Miriam, Anne, and Sarah. His father Abraham established the family run clothing firm Superior Cloak Company in 1916. In 1934, it was bankrupted and closed after a lengthy strike. In 1936, Samuel opened his own business, Popular Cloak Company. In 1967, the Posluns family purchased Tip Top Tailors, in partnership with entrepreneur Jimmy Kay. A year later they incorporated their new venture under the name of Dylex as a holding company for the Tip Top chain of stores.
During the Second World War, Samuel Posluns served as a member of the Air Force reserves. After the war, he was elected president of the United Jewish Welfare Fund in 1947. That same year, in collaboration with the Canadian Jewish Congress and the Jewish Labour Committee, Posluns helped lead the Tailor Project along with Max E. Enkin, which was aimed at helping Jewish displaced persons immigrate to Canada by securing them employment as tailors. A commited advocate for Jewish Education, Posluns also served as the first president and founding chair of the Board of Jewish Education (BJE) in 1949. He remained Honorary President for life and continued to attend meetings until health problems held back his participation in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Posluns was also a founding board member of the North York General Hospital.
Samuel Posluns died in Toronto in 1994.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records related to the Posluns family and their clothing business, Popular Cloak Company. The records include correspondence, financial records, periodicals and newsletters, photographs, certificates and personal identification. The fonds also includes textual documents and photos documenting Samuel Posluns' involvement in the Tailor Project.
Name Access
Enkin, Max E.
Popular Cloak Company
Superior Cloak Company
Canadian Jewish Congress
Jewish Labour Committee
Posluns, Samuel, 1910-1994
Subjects
Clothing trade
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Immigrants--Canada
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Creator
Posluns, Samuel, 1910-1994
Accession Number
1997-7/6
2004-5/79
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 22
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
22
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1905
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Item is one black and white photograph depicting the interior of the Imperial Shirt Company. The photograph is of several employees seated at their sewing machines with other employees supervising behind them. One of the workers is identified as Mr. Alex Hirschorn (located on the left hand side of the photo).
Notes
Photograph is a copy made by the archives in 1974.
Name Access
Imperial Shirt Company
Hirschorn, Alex
Subjects
Clothing trade
Employees
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
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 27
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
27
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1937
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Custodial History
Jack Brill donated these photographs to the Ontario Jewish Archives in 1974.
Scope and Content
Item is a black and white photograph taken of a group of Brill Cap and Neckwear Company employees attending a sales conference held at the Royal York hotel in Toronto on January 12, 1937.
Name Access
Brill, Jack
Brill Cap and Neckwear Co.
Subjects
Clothing trade
Congresses and conventions
Employees
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
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Men's Clothing Manufacturers' Association of Ontario fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 31
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Men's Clothing Manufacturers' Association of Ontario fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
31
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
sound recording
Date
1919-1988
Physical Description
3.15 m of textual records
459 photographs
1 audiocasette
Admin History/Bio
The Men's Clothing Manufacturers' Association of Ontario (MCMAO) was formed and incorporated in 1919 under the name of the Associated Clothing Manufacturers. The Association's primary mandate was the representation of its membership in negotiations with the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America and later, the Toronto Joint Board of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union. The MCMAO membership was comprised of the manufacturing firms of men's clothing in Toronto and Hamilton and inlcuded companies such as Tip Top Tailors, Empire Clothing and Shiffer-Hillman among others. The Association was also involved in furthering the interests of the clothing industry in Ontario and with all matters pertaining to the clothing business in which the Association's membership was interested. The MCMAO was a represented member of the Apparel Manufacturers' Associatoin of Ontario and the Apparel Manufacturers' Council of Canada. The MCMAO ceased operation around 1989.
Custodial History
There is no information on the acquisition of these records. They came into the Archives in the early 1990s but the original source from the Association is unknown. The records were stored at the OJA's offsite storage location until 2008, when they were transferred to the OJA vault for processing.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records documenting the Association’s role in negotiations with the employee’s union on behalf of their membership, as well as their work in lobbying senior levels of government on such matters as labour relations, tariffs and taxes, and other issues related to the production of men’s and boys’ garments. The records include legal documents; executive and committee meeting minutes; financial records; arbitration, mediation and negotiation reports and correspondence; collective agreements; labour statistics; general correspondence files; parliamentary briefs, submissions and reports; and seminar photographs. There are also files related to specific bodies that the Association collaborated or corresponded with, such as the Toronto Club of Clothing Designers. Of particular interest are the files of the Overseas Garment Workers Commission, which documents the Associations' role in helping bring over Jewish refugees and other Displaced Persons as tailors and garment workers.
The fonds has been divided into twelve series: Legal; Board of Directors meeting minutes and agendas; Executive Committee / Executive Board meeting minutes and agendas; Annual and general meeting minutes and agendas; Negotiations Committee; Finance Committee; Public Relations Committee; Labour Relations Committee; Other committee meeting minutes and agendas; General correspondence; Parliamentary briefs, submissions, reports and correspondence; and Seminars.
Name Access
Men's Clothing Manufacturers' Association of Ontario
Subjects
Clothing trade
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Related Material
Queen’s University Archives holds records of the MCMAO dating from 1920 to 1969. These records appear to have originated from the same source and at one point the collection had been split in two. The fonds at Queen’s is complementary to the OJA’s fonds and together, the two fonds provide a complete picture of the MCMAO and its work.
Library and Archives Canada holds the records of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America fonds.
Creator
Men's Clothing Manufacturer's Association of Ontario (1919-1989)
Accession Number
2008-12-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1890
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1890
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[192-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 7 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print of Max Noble standing in front of Noble's Clothing Store on 150 Market Street in Brantford, Ontario.
Name Access
Noble, Max
Subjects
Clothing 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
Brantford (Ont.)
Accession Number
1980-1-14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1500
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1500
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1908]
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w and sepia (1 negative) ; 18 x 13 cm and 9 x 14 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
This item is an original and copy photograph and copy negative of Louis Minden inside his clothing store in Webbwood, Ontario near Espanola.
Name Access
Minden, Louis
Subjects
Clothing 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
Webbwood (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2018-1-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-1-4
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
22 cm of textual records
Date
[ca. 1928]-[200-?]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records relating to labour and the garment industry in Toronto, Montreal, and Hamilton. Included are research leads as well as copies of relevant records held at various repositories in Canada and the United States including Library and Archives Canada, Archives of Ontario, Queen's University and the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA) archives held at Cornell University. Also included are newsclippings, journal articles and correspondence from Tulchinsky to various individuals associated with the clothing trade asking for interviews or information for his research on the garment industry in Canada. Finally, there are copies of a few PhD dissertations on the subject.
Administrative History
Dr. Gerald Tulchinsky was Professor Emeritus at Queen's University, Department of History, and author of several books on the history of Canadian Jewry and labour issues in Canada. His books include: Shtetl on the Grand (2015); Joe Salsberg: A Life of Commitment (2013); Canada's Jews: A People's Journey (2008); Branching Out: The Transformation of the Canadian Jewish Community (1998); Taking Root: The Origins of the Canadian Jewish Community (1992); and The River Barons: Montreal Businessmen and the Growth of Industry and Transportation, 1837-53 (1977).
Tulchinsky was born in Brantford, Ontario in 1933 to Harry and Anne Tulchinsky. He resided in Kingston, Ontario until his death on 13 Dec. 2017.
Use Conditions
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Subjects
Labor unions
Clothing trade
Name Access
Tulchinsky, Gerald, 1933-2017
Places
Hamilton (Ont.)
Toronto (Ont.)
Montréal (Québec)
Source
Archival Accessions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1498
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1498
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[192-?]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Item is a photograh of an unidentified man standing in front of B. Feldman's Clothing.
Name Access
B. Feldman's Clothing
Subjects
Clothing trade
Storefronts
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 West (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1977-8-28
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 2373
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
2373
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1933]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Item consists of photo of the Tip Top Tailors clothier factory with Sam Nudelman (?-1992) at rear with back to viewer (works for Canada Clothiers), Harvey Blackstein (1912-1986) is the boy at rear facing forward (now in insurance).
Name Access
Blackstein, Harvey
Canada Clothiers
Nudelman, Sam
Tip Top Tailors
Subjects
Clothing factories
Clothing trade
Clothing workers
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
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1980-3-7
Source
Archival Descriptions
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