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Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 37
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
37
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1895]-1979
Physical Description
690 photographs : b&w and col. negatives ; 26 x 21 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
Gilbert Studios was originally called Elite Studios and was located at 513 Queen Street West, Toronto. The owner, Nathan Gittelmacher, immigrated to Toronto from Kiev, Ukraine after the First World War. He first worked as a photographer at Empire Studios, and then in 1922, opened up his own studio, Elite Studios, at 513 Queen Street West, which serviced a largely Jewish clientele, photographing weddings, bar mitzvahs, as well as Jewish community events. The studio moved to 615 Queen St. West in July 1923
.During the 1940s, the family changed its name to Gilbert and subsequently altered the name of the business to Gilbert Studios. His son, Al Gilbert, was born in 1922, and started working in the family business in 1941, when he was 19 years of age. He eventually assumed control of it after his father retired. He moved the studio to Eglinton Avenue and then later to Davenport Road, its current location. Since that time he has been the only or principal photographer for the studio.
Early on in his career, Al made a name for himself as a portrait photographer. At that time, he mostly catered to the Jewish community, photographing brides, rabbis, businessmen and communal events and celebrations. Over the years, he branched out and photographed prominent individuals from the Italian community of Toronto, as well as well as many of the mayors and councilmen and women from Toronto, due to his multi-year contract with the city. In addition, he has photographed some of the most important people of our time – from Canada and abroad – including artists, politicians, scientists, philanthropists, athletes, and religious figures.
Over the years, Al has won many competitions, awards and accolades. He is a three-time recipient of the prestigious Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) photographer of the year award. He has also been named a Fellow of the photographic societies in Canada, Britain and the United States. Al was also the first recipient of the Yousuf Karsh award. In 1990, he was recognized for his contribution to the nation as an artist with the Order of Canada award. Finally, in 2007, he was awarded the Professional Photographers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Gilbert Studios is still in business today.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of images taken by Nathan and Al Gilbert, and in addition, there are some images the Gilbert family acquired, from the early 1900s, that have historical significance to the Toronto Jewish community.
Although the Gilberts photographed a variety of people and organizations, the individuals and groups included in this fonds are either Jewish in origin or connected to the Jewish community.
The fonds has been arranged into nine series: Negev dinners; B'nai B'rith Sportsmen Lodge dinners; Zionist Centre cornerstone ceremony; Al Gilbert portraits; Nathan Gilbert portraits; weddings; Jewish Community events; Jewish clubs businsesses and organizations; and Miscellaneous collection.
Notes
Positive digital scanned images are available for all of the described negatives.
Name Access
Gilbert, Nathan
Elite Studios (Toronto, Ont.)
Physical Condition
Some negatives are suffering from vinegar syndrome.
Related Material
See also the Albert Gilbert fonds (Reference # R9086-0-X-E) at Library and Archives Canada
Creator
Gilbert Studios (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1991-6-2
1991-4-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Nathan Gilbert portraits series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 37; Series 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Nathan Gilbert portraits series
Level
Series
Fonds
37
Series
5
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1920-1930]
Physical Description
5 negatives : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
Nathan Gittelmacher was an immigrant from Kiev, Russia who moved to Toronto and first worked as a photographer at Empire Studios. In 1922, he opened up his own business called Elite Studios, located at 615 Queen Street West. He specialized in portraits and catered to a largely Jewish clientele. Many of Nathan's portraits were produced with a large format view camera and printed from glass negatives.
Nathan Gittelmacher changed his family's name to Gilbert in the early 1940s and subsequently altered the family business name to Gilbert Studios. Nathan was married to Nina and they had four children named: Lou, Jack, Albert and Ruth.
Scope and Content
Series consists of photographs taken by Nathan Gilbert. The photographs in this series are mostly of the Gilbert family. One of the Gilbert family portraits depicts the Gilbert automobile with the Elite Studio's insignia written across the side of the car. Also here, are a few examples of studio portraits that reflect Nathan Gilbert's photographic style.
Name Access
Gilbert, Nathan
Subjects
Portraits
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Nathan Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 37; Series 5; Item 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Nathan Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
Fonds
37
Series
5
Item
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1932]
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
Nathan Gittelmacher was an immigrant from the Ukraine who moved to Toronto and first worked as a photographer at Empire Studios. In 1922, he opened up his own business called Elite Studios, located at 615 Queen Street West. He specialized in portraits and catered to a largely Jewish clientele.
Nathan Gittelmacher changed his family's name to Gilbert in the early 1940s and subsequently altered the family business name to Gilbert Studios. Nathan was married to Nina and they had four children named: Lou, Jack, Albert and Ruth.
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Gilbert family in swimming suits posing in front of their automobile with the Elite Studio insignia at Sunnyside Beach in Toronto.
Boris Waxer is lying on top of the car and Nina Gilbert is behind the wheel. In front of the car from left to right are: Nathan Gilbert, Albert Gilbert, Jack Gilbert, Lou Gilbert, Evelyn Stacker and reclining in front is Joe Gilbert. Standing at the far right is the driver.
Name Access
Stacker, Evelyn
Waxer, Boris
Subjects
Automobiles
Outdoor recreation
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.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Nathan Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 37; Series 5; Item 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Nathan Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
Fonds
37
Series
5
Item
4
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1930]
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
Rhuda was married to Jacob Goldhar and had a son named David. She was born in Poland and moved to Canada at the age of 16.
Jacob Goldhar was in the garment industry.
Scope and Content
Photograph of Rhuda (Rose) Goldhar.
Name Access
Goldhar, Rhuda
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
Gilbert Studios fonds
Nathan Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 37; Series 5; Item 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Nathan Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
Fonds
37
Series
5
Item
5
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1930]
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
Eva Cohen [née Mintz] was from Klimontov, Poland and migrated to Canada in 1912. She married Abe Cohen and they had two children: Annette Cohen Bearg and Bob Cohen.
Scope and Content
Photograph of Eva Cohen in formal attire.
Name Access
Cohen, Eve
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
Gilbert Studios fonds
Weddings series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 37; Series 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Weddings series
Level
Series
Fonds
37
Series
6
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1895-1966
Physical Description
8 negatives : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
Series consists of images taken at weddings by both Nathan and Al Gilbert.
The wedding images are of brides and grooms, guests, the head table and dessert tables, and the ceremony. Some of the images are taken in synagogues.
Subjects
Weddings
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Jewish community events series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 37; Series 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Jewish community events series
Level
Series
Fonds
37
Series
7
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1936-1979
Physical Description
8 negatives : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
Series consists of photographs taken by Al and/or Nathan Gilbert that document Jewish events held in the city of Toronto. The kind of events included are dedication ceremonies, groundbreaking ceremonies, city council meetings, dinners and walks.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Jewish community events series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 37; Series 7; Item 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Jewish community events series
Level
Item
Fonds
37
Series
7
Item
7
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1936]
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
The Pride of Israel Sick Benefit Society was founded in 1905 to provide assistance to newly arrived immigrants and to promote a prosperous Jewish community. The Pride of Israel Sick Benefit Society's Ladies Auxiliary was founded in 1922 with Mrs. Sophie Torno as the first Chairlady. The Ladies Auxiliary assisted the Society in collecting funds for various philanthropic causes. Moreover, they organized lectures and entertainment.
Scope and Content
Item is a negative of the the Pride of Israel Sick Benefit Society's Ladies' Auxiliary parade. The image depicts a group of women walking down a street carrying a large banner with the inscription: "Pride of Israel Sick Benefit Society Ladies Auxiliary, Friendship, Established 1921." The women have sashes with Pride of Israel across them and 15th Jubilee.
Name Access
Pride of Israel Sick Benefit Society Ladies' Auxiliary
Subjects
Parade
Societies
Women
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
Gilbert Studios fonds
Jewish clubs, businesses and organizations series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 37; Series 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Jewish clubs, businesses and organizations series
Level
Series
Fonds
37
Series
8
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1917-1935
Physical Description
9 negatives : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
Series consists of photographs of clubs and organizations that had a Jewish membership or mandate. Included in this sub-series are group portraits of the Girl Guides, 69th Toronto Company; Judeans; Rokeah, the Jewish Druggist's Club; the U.of T. Menorah Society; the YMHA; and the Jewish Legion.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Nathan Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 37; Series 8; Item 12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Nathan Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
Fonds
37
Series
8
Item
12
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1935]
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
Item is an image depicting the storefront of Louis Ruben's Hand Tailored Clothes, which is advertising a 14th Anniversary Sale. Louis Ruben's Hand Tailored Clothes was located at 248 Royce Avenue.
Name Access
Ruben, Louis
Subjects
Anniversaries
Special sales
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
Royce Avenue (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Miscellaneous collection series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 37; Series 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Miscellaneous collection series
Level
Series
Fonds
37
Series
9
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[1914-1935]
Physical Description
7 negatives : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm
Custodial History
This series was compiled by the Gilbert family and transferred to the Archives in 1991.
Scope and Content
Series consists of photographs collected by the Gilbert family. The Gilbert family collected historically significant photographs. Included in the sub-series are photographs of the Koffler family, Leon Mendelson, and Elias Pullan, which were given to Al Gilbert by the families.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Miscellaneous collection series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 37; Series 9; Item 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Miscellaneous collection series
Level
Item
Fonds
37
Series
9
Item
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1939
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. 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 of Leon Koffler standing inside Koffler's Drug Store preparing pharmaceuticals.
Name Access
Koffler's Drug Store
Koffler, Leon
Subjects
Drugstores
Pharmacists
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-15, 37-S4-3-item-20
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Miscellaneous collection series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 37; Series 9; Item 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Miscellaneous collection series
Level
Item
Fonds
37
Series
9
Item
5
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1935]
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
Elias Pullan was born in Telz, Province of Kovno, Lithuania in 1865. He came to Canada in 1885 and started a waste paper and scrap business called E. Pullan Limited. He married Bertha Helner in 1890 and together they had 10 children named: Harry, Joe, Emanuel, Gordon, Martha, Dorothy, Bessie, Rita, Jennie and Helen. Elias Pullan was the president of the Kehilla in Toronto and President, Treasurer and Parnass of Goel Tzedec Synagogue. He was also the founder and first President of the Simcoe St. Talmud Torah.
Scope and Content
Image is of Elias Pullan.
Name Access
E. Pullan Limited
Pullan, Elias
Subjects
Businesspeople
Immigrants--Canada
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.
Source
Archival Descriptions
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