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Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 81
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
81
Material Format
moving images
Date
[ca. 1928]-[ca. 1956]
Physical Description
29 film reels
1 magnetic sound track
19 digi-beta cassettes
1 dvcam
22 DVDs
Admin History/Bio
Abraham Isaac Willinsky (1885-1976) was born March 29, 1885, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Sarah Rebecca (née Vise) and Myer Lionel Willinsky. Sarah had immigrated to Canada as a child in the 1860s and Myer's family was originally from Lithuania. Abraham had seven siblings: Abey (b. 1885), Ida (b. 1886), Faly (b. 1888), Minnie (b. 1890), Gertrude (b. 1893), Lila (b. 1899) and Bernard (“Bunny”) (b. 1900). Abraham’s family moved to the East end of Toronto in 1890 where his father worked as a merchant
Most of Abraham's siblings eventually married. Ida married Maurice Kamman in 1909. Faly married Sam Mehr in 1912. Minnie married Arthur Jacobs in 1912. Gertrude married Sam Kronick in 1912. Lila married Jospeh Lisson in 1920. Bernard married Florence Samuel in 1930, but divorced soon after.
When Abraham was a child he helped his uncle, Solomon Vise, in his photography business, located at 439 King Street East. Working in the darkroom and studio on Saturdays awakened his interest in photography.
Willinsky graduated from Biological and Physical Sciences at the University of Toronto in 1906, and from Medicine in 1908, earning the George Brown Memorial Scholarship. He married Sadie Dobensky, from Bancroft, Ontario, in July of 1911. They had three children: Dorothy, Jack and Myra. Dorothy eventually married Garfield Cass and worked as a social worker. Jack married Cecily Samuel and became a urologist and, later, a radiologist. Myra married Dr. N. Simon, a dental surgeon.
As one of the early Jewish doctors in Toronto, Willinsky initially had difficulty launching his career due to discrimination and prejudice. After joining the Academy of Medicine in 1910, he began his first practice as a “lodge doctor”, working out of his office and home at College and Henry Streets.
With other possible internships and appointments denied him, A.I. accumulated his early clinical training with resourcefulness, by performing “ghost-surgery” and by studying abroad in Dublin at the Rotunda Hospital, Paris and Vienna. In 1916, under the adopted name of Wills, and with a claim to Greek Orthodoxy, Willinsky managed to secure a position at the Polyclinic in New York, where he began as an ambulance doctor. He also interned at the Mayo clinic in Rochester. His skill was, in time, recognized in Toronto and he was accepted at the Toronto Western Hospital in 1918, where he pioneered spinal anaethesia and began his work as a urologist. In 1923, Willinsky became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In 1925, all forty practicing Jewish physicians formed the Toronto Jewish Medical Association. In turn, the same members would become the staff of Mount Sinai hospital, which was established in 1923 at 100 Yorkville Avenue.
Willinsky was probably the most prominent of Mount Sinai’s original staff, dividing his time between the new Jewish hospital and Toronto Western, where he was the Head of Genito-Urinary Surgery. He became Chief of Surgery at Mount Sinai and produced a number of papers that dealt primarily with spinal anaesthesia. He later opened a practice at 316 Bloor Street West, above which he temporarily resided. In 1928, he set up a clinic and office at 569 Spadina Avenue. His practice remained at this location until his retirement.
Throughout his life, he remained enthralled by photography and prolific in his production of travel movies. In 1934, he became a founding member of the Toronto Amateur Movie Club. Around this same time, he created films to help the Holy Blossom Synagogue fundraise for a new building. In 1941, he gave a lecture on the principles of amateur movie-making before the Royal Canadian Institute, in which he advocated holding the movie camera steady and letting the action move into the frame as a strategy to encourage careful composition. For sound in his early movies, he played records bought in the country where the picture was taken, stacking them in order and playing them at intervals during the commentary. Later on, he manufactured his own gramophone records, and eventually, bona fide soundtracks. Often shooting as much as 3600 feet of film on a single trip, he tended, in his more senior years, to invest long hours editing and framing sequences in the basement of his own home at 120 Madison Avenue. Here, he set up a miniature theatre and often held film evenings for friends. In 1945, Willinsky won an award for a medical film, Cystometrography, in which he used the animation technique of filming drawings. Aortography and advances in X-ray technology provided other cross-overs between medical and filmic experiments, and most of his chronicled travels were the extra-curricular benefits of regular attendance at medical conferences.
Towards the end of his life in 1960, Willinsky dictated the stories for A Doctor’s Memoirs to his transcriber, Margaret Avison. He spent the last 14 years of his life at Toronto's Jewish Home for the Aged and Baycrest Hospital, and passed away in 1976 at the age of 91.
Custodial History
Film reels were originally collected and created by Dr. A.I. Willinsky and, in 1987, donated to the Ontario Jewish Archives by his grandson, Mr. Michael Simon
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of amateur films created by Dr. Willinsky. The majority of the films are travelogues documenting Dr. Willinsky's various trips to countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America with his wife. Also included are three reels of family home movies and one documentary, "The Coronation Tree", illustrating the construction and move of Toronto's Holy Blossom Synagogue to its Bathurst Street location. Most films have soundtracks consisting of music and Dr. Willinsky's commentary as well as captions.
Notes
Accession originally consisted of 81 reels of a varied selection of films, mostly commercial American-made and distributed short documentaries, travelogues, newsreels and cartoons. Commercial films, films in poor condition, films identified as interim production elements, and those that were unidentifiable have been culled. In addition, four magnetic sound tracks that were digitized were culled since their contents are available in a more accessible and stable format.
Quotes for the remaining digitization work have been obtained and are available here: G:\Conservation&preservation\Film Conservation and Preservation\Willinsky and Zaldin Digitization Quotes from Creative Post.doc
Additional reference and archival DVD copies of some films are stored on shelf 36-4.
Name Access
Willinsky, Abraham Isaac, 1885-1976
Physical Condition
Film on some reels is severely deteriorated
Some reels have a slight vinegar smell
Creator
Willinksy, Abraham Isaac, 1885-1976
Accession Number
1987-4-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 81; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
81
Item
1
Material Format
moving images
Date
[ca. 1948]
Physical Description
1 film reel (ca. 10 min.) : col., sd., composite magnetic track ; 16 mm
1 digi-beta cassette (ca. 10 min.) : master, digital, col., sd.
1 DVD (ca. 10 min.) : duplicate, digital, col., sd.
Scope and Content
Item is a film of Dr. Willinsky's trip to a snake farm in Miami, Florida. The last few minutes of the film switches to footage of a snake charmer likely taken by Dr. Willinsky in Morocco. Film is in the form of a travelogue with commentary provided by Dr. Willinsky.
Notes
Previously reel # 51
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 81; Item 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
81
Item
2
Material Format
moving images
Date
Jan. 1935
Physical Description
1 film reel (ca. 27 min.) : b&w, si. ; 16 mm
1 digi-beta cassette (ca. 27 min.) : master, digital, b&w, si.
1 DVD (ca. 27 min.) : duplicate, b&w, si.
Scope and Content
Item is a film taken by Dr. Willinsky of a trip to Rome, Italy. In the form of a travelogue, footage of landmarks, ruins and the local population are interspersed with captions that were added in by Dr. Willinsky to provide information about the country's history and culture. Included are shots of the Pantheon, the Colosseum, a Roman market, the Appian Way and dinner at a Roman restaurant. Dr. Willinsky's wife, Sadie, is occassionally spotted in the footage with travel companions who are probably relatives or family friends.
Notes
Previously reel # 68
Places
Italy
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 81; Item 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
81
Item
3
Material Format
moving images
Date
1934
Physical Description
1 film reel (ca. 34 min.) : b&w, si. ; 16 mm
1 digi-beta cassette (ca. 34 min.) : master, digital, b&w, si.
1 DVD (ca. 34 min.) : duplicate, digital, b&w, si.
Scope and Content
Item is a film taken by Dr. Willinsky of a trip to Italy. In the form of a travelogue, footage of landmarks, ruins and the local population is interspersed with captions that were added in by Dr. Willinsky to provide information about the country's history and culture. Although the title highlights the film's documentation of Rome and Naples, other Italian cities are featured as well; including, Pompeii, Florence and Venice. Dr. Willinsky's wife, Sadie, is occassionally spotted in the footage with travel companions who are probably relatives or family friends.
Notes
Previously reel # 10
Places
Italy
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 81; Item 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
81
Item
4
Material Format
moving images
Date
Mar. 1951
Physical Description
2 film reels (ca. 1 hr., 45 min.) : 18 fps, col., mute ; 16 mm
1 digi-beta cassette (ca. 1 hr., 45 min.) : master, digital, col., sd.
1 DVD (ca. 1 hr.' 45 min.) : duplicate, digital, col., sd.
Scope and Content
Item is an audio-visual production of Dr. Willinsky's trip to Israel. In the form of a travelogue, Willinsky accompanies footage of landmarks, ruins and the local population with audio commentary. The production includes a brief discussion of the formation of the state of Israel and features various cities, such as, Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv. Sadie is occassionally spotted in the footage interacting with locals and visiting the homes of friends.
Notes
Previously reels # 22 and 71
Subjects
Palestine--History--Partition, 1947
Physical Condition
Reel # 22 had slight mould prior to digitization
Places
Israel
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 81; Item 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
81
Item
5
Material Format
moving images
Date
Apr. 1956
Physical Description
3 film reels (ca. 1 hr., 30 min.) : col., sd. and mute, composite magnetic track ; 16 mm
1 digi-beta cassette (ca. 1 hr., 30 min.) : master, digital, col., sd. and mute
1 DVD (ca. 1 hr., 30 min.) : duplicate, digital, col., sd. and mute
Scope and Content
Item is an audio-visual production of Dr. Willinsky's Hellenic cruise near Greece with his wife, Sadie. Production contains footage of the ancient ruins and other landmarks they visited, including sites in Mycenae, Pergamum, Athens, Troy and Gallipoli. In the form of a travelogue, music and Dr. Willinsky's commentary accompanies images for about the first 30 minutes. The remainder of the production is mute.
Notes
Previously reels # 52, 58, and 59.
Physical Condition
Reel # 52 had mould prior to digitization
Places
Greece
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 81; Item 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
81
Item
6
Material Format
moving images
Date
May 1954
Physical Description
1 film reel (ca. 43 min.) : col., sd., composite magnetic track ; 16 mm
1 digi-beta cassette (ca. 43 min.) : master, digital, col., sd.
1 DVD (ca. 43 min.) : duplicate, digital, col., sd.
Scope and Content
Item is a film of a trip to Spain taken by Dr. Willinsky, his wife, Sadie, and some of their friends. Despite its title, the film does not contain footage of France. In the form of a travelogue, footage of landmarks, the local population, and the Willinsky's activities are accompanied by music and Dr. Willinsky's commentary. Footage includes shots of the Square of Spain, Sadie walking along the streets of a shopping district, churches and monasteries, a boat cruise from Palma to Figuera, a spring festival procession and dancing in Majorca. Most of the scenes were taken in Palma and Majorca.
Notes
Previously reel # 49
Physical Condition
Film had mould and rust damage prior to digitization. This damage shows through in some of the footage.
Places
France
Spain
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 81; Item 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
81
Item
7
Material Format
moving images
Date
Feb. 1950
Physical Description
2 film reels (ca. 1 hr., 34 min.) : 18 fps, col., si. ; 16 mm
2 digi-beta cassettes (ca. 1 hr., 34 min.) : master, digital, col., si.
2 DVDs (ca. 1 hr., 34 min.) : duplicate, digital, col, si.
Scope and Content
Item is a double feature production of a trip Dr. Willinsky took to Portugal and Morocco with his wife, Sadie. In the form of a travelogue, footage of landmarks, landscapes, vegetation, historic sites and the local population is interspersed with maps and captions that were added in by Dr. Willinsky to provide context. Featured cities include Lisbon, Tangier, Casablanca and Villa Daressada. Sadie is occassionally spotted sight-seeing, interacting with locals and purchasing wares from street vendors.
Notes
Previously reels # 44 and 42
Places
Morocco
Portugal
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 81; Item 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
81
Item
8
Material Format
moving images
Date
Mar. 1946
Physical Description
1 film reel (ca. 65 min.) : 18 fps, col., si. ; 16 mm
1 magnetic track : sound track ; 16 mm
1 digi-beta cassette (ca. 65 min.) : master, digital, col., si.
1 DVD (ca. 65 min.) : duplicate, digital, col, si.
Scope and Content
Item is a film production of Dr. and Mrs. Willinsky's trip to Lima, Peru to attend the 5th International Assembly of the International College of Surgeons. Footage of assembly delegates, landmarks and the local population are interspersed with captions added by Dr. Willinsky. Included are scenes of assembly delegates near Lima's Workman's Hospital, Sadie visiting the home of the assembly's chairman and entering the palace of Peru's president for a luncheon, sights along the streets of San Martin, cathedrals, shots taken from a moving train, and images of the Ricmac River from a nearby road.
Notes
Previously reels # 43 and 60
Places
Peru
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 81; Item 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
81
Item
9
Material Format
moving images
Date
[ca. 1946]
Physical Description
2 film reels (ca. 1 hr., 38 min.) : 18 fps, col., si. ; 16 mm
1 digi-beta cassette (ca. 1 hr., 38 min.) : master, digital, col., si.
1 DVD (ca. 1 hr., 38 min.) :duplicate, digital, col., si.
Scope and Content
Item is a film production of Dr. Willinsky's trip to Trinidad with his wife, Sadie. Filmed in the form of a travelogue, Willinsky intersperses footage of landmarks and the local population with captions that provide information about the country and its culture. Included are shots of sites around Port-of-Spain, cathedrals, mosques, a cricket match, a cocao bean farm, and the local population carrying out their daily activities. Sadie is regularly spotted sight-seeing and interacting with locals.
Notes
Previously reels #47 and 48
Arrangement
The two film reels for this production were edited together in reverse order in the digital versions. The production begins at time code 39:22.
Places
Trinidad
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 81; Item 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
81
Item
10
Material Format
moving images
Date
Feb. 1949 - Mar. 1949
Physical Description
2 film reels (ca. 1 hr., 43 min.) : 18 fps, col., si. ; 16 mm
2 digi-beta cassettes (ca. 1 hr., 43 min.) : master, digital, col. si.
2 DVDs (ca. 1 hr., 43 min.) : duplicate, digital, col., si.
Scope and Content
Item is a film production of a trip from Naples to Nice taken by Dr. Willinsky and his wife, Sadie. In the form of a travelogue, footage of landmarks, ancient ruins and the local population is interspersed with captions and maps that were added in by Dr. Willinsky to denote locations and offer context. Featured cities include, Pompeii, Salerno, Rome, Cannes, Antibes, and Menton. Footage includes shots of Vesuvius, images taken from a gondala ride in Venice, Venetian street performers, market scenes, cathedrals, children dressed in costumes for a carnival, and various local craftsmen at work. Sadie is occassionally spotted in the footage interacting with locals and with travel companions who are probably relatives or family friends.
Notes
Previously reels # 64 and # 67
Physical Condition
Film on reel #67 has some deterioration and had slight mould prior to digitization. This film damage shows through in some of the footage.
Places
Italy
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 81; Item 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
81
Item
11
Material Format
moving images
Date
[ca. 1947]
Physical Description
2 film reels (ca. 1 hr., 31 min.) : 18 fps, col., si. ; 16 mm
1 digi-beta cassette (ca. 1 hr., 31 min.) : master, digital, col., si.
1 DVD (ca. 1 hr., 31 min.) : duplicate, digital, col., si.
Scope and Content
Item is a film of a trip to Hawaii taken by Dr. Willinsky and his wife, Sadie. In the form of a travelogue, footage of Hawaii's landscape, vegetation, landmarks and local population is interspersed with captions that were added in by Dr. Willinsky to provide information about the country's culture. Footage includes shots of sites around Honolulu and Waikiki, surfers, Hawaiian flowers, churches and temples, sugar cane farming and singers performing outside a hotel. Sadie is occassionally spotted exploring the sites and interacting with locals.
Notes
Previously reels # 20 and 70
Places
Hawaii
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 81; Item 12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
81
Item
12
Material Format
moving images
Date
Feb. 1953 - Mar. 1953
Physical Description
2 film reels (ca. 49 min.) : col., si. ; 16 mm
1 digi-beta cassette (ca. 49 min.) : master, digital, col., si.
1 DVD (ca. 49 min.) : duplicate, digital, col., si.
Scope and Content
Item is a production of Dr. Willinsky's trip to Spain with his wife, Sadie. In the form of a travelogue, footage of landmarks, historic sites, and the local population is interspersed with captions and maps that were added in by Dr. Willinsky to denote locations and provide context. The production includes footage from Madrid, Cordoba, Segovia and Valencia. Sadie is occassionally spotted exploring sites and interacting with locals and travel companions who are probably family friends or relatives.
Notes
Previously reels # 24 and 63
Places
Spain
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 81; Item 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
81
Item
13
Material Format
moving images
Date
May 1955-June 1955
Physical Description
1 film reel (ca. 38 min.) : col., sd., composite magnetic track ; 16 mm
1 digi-beta cassette (ca. 38 min.) : master, digital, col., sd.
1 DVD (ca. 38 min.) : duplicate, digital, col., sd.
Scope and Content
Item is a production of Dr. Willinsky's trip to Switzerland with his wife, Sadie. In the form of a travelogue, footage of landmarks, the landscape and the local population is interspersed with captions and accompanied by music and Dr. Willinsky's commentary. Footage includes sites around Berne, Yungfraujoch, and Lucerne. Sadie is occassionally spotted sight-seeing and interacting with locals.
Notes
It is possible that this item is only part two of a two part production. The OJA does not hold footage for part one of this production.
Places
Switzerland
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 81; Item 14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
81
Item
14
Material Format
moving images
Date
[ca. 1945]
Physical Description
2 film reels (ca. 80 min.) : col. and b&w, si. ; 16 mm
1 digi-beta cassette (ca. 32 min.) : master, digital, col., si.
1 dvcam (ca. 48 min.) : master, digital, col., si.
2 DVDs (ca. 80 min.) : duplicate, digital, col., si.
Scope and Content
Item is a production of Dr. Willinsky's cruise and trip to Argentina with his wife, Sadie. In the form of a travelogue, footage of cruise activities and entertainment, beaches, landmarks, and the local population is interspersed with captions and maps that were added in by Dr. Willinsky to provide context. Featured cities include Santos, Montevideo, Buenos Aires and Rio De Janero. Sadie is ocassionally spotted in the footage site-seeing and interacting with the locals.
Notes
Previously reels #45 and 72
Physical Condition
Reel #45 has 1.1 % shrinkage
Places
Argentina
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 81; Item 15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
81
Item
15
Material Format
moving images
Date
[ca. 1950]
Physical Description
1 film reel (ca. 12 min.) : col., sd., composite magnetic track ; 16 mm
1 digi-beta cassette (ca. 12 min.) : master, digital, col., sd.
1 DVD (ca. 12 min.) : duplicate, digital, col., sd.
Scope and Content
Item is a film of a trip Dr. Willinsky took to the Spanish Moroccan city of Tetuan with his wife, Sadie. In the form of a travelogue, footage of the sights along city streets, landmarks, markets and the local population are accompanied by music and Dr. Willinsky's commentary. Sadie is occassionally spotted sight-seeing.
Notes
Previously reel # 16
Places
Morocco
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 81; Item 16
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
81
Item
16
Material Format
moving images
Date
Feb. 1953
Physical Description
1 film reel (ca. 43 min.) : col., sd., composite magnetic track ; 16 mm
1 digi-beta cassette (ca. 43 min.) : master, digital, col., sd.
1 DVD (ca. 43 min.) : duplicate, digital, col., sd.
Scope and Content
Item is a film of Dr. Willinsky's trip to the Canary Islands with his wife, Sadie. In the form of a travelogue, music and Dr. Willinsky's commentary accompanies footage of the landscape, architecture, and local population. Included are shots of the local population carrying out their daily activities, children dressed in costume for Ash Wednesday festivities, markets, and traditional dances. Sadie is occassionally spotted sight-seeing and visiting with locals.
Notes
Previously reel # 46
Places
Spain
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 81; Item 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
81
Item
17
Material Format
moving images
Date
[ca. 1928]-[ca. 1940]
Physical Description
3 film reels (ca. 1 hr., 40 min.) : b&w, si. ; 16 mm
1 digi-beta cassette (ca. 49 min.) : master, digital, b&w, si.
1 dvcam (ca. 51 min.) : master, digital, b&w, si.
2 DVDs (ca. 1 hr., 40 min.) : duplicate, digital, b&w, si.
Scope and Content
Item is a film of Dr. Willinsky's amateur home movies. Included is footage of Bernard Willinsky and Florence Samuel's wedding, Dorothy Willinsky on her graduation day, visitor's day at Camp Arowhon, trips to family cottages around Bobcaygeon and Longbranch (Kronick family cottage), picnics near Oshawa and the Bloor Viaduct on the Don River, a trip to Niagara Falls, a family Passover dinner, shots of the exterior of Dr. A.I. and Bernard Willinsky's office at 569 Spadina Crescent, and clips shot inside Dr. Willinsky's home theatre. Also included is a short film entitled, "Before and After", which Dr. Willinsky created to help the Holy Blossom Synagogue fundraise for the construction of a new building. Throughout the footage, Dr. Willinsky occassionally experiments with various camera tricks, such as, double exposure and showing scenes in reverse.
Individuals identified in the footage include: Sadie Willinsky, Lila Willinsky, Myer Willinsky, Sarah Vise Willinsky, Bernard Willinsky, Sam Kronick, Joe Kronick, Etta Vise, Minnie Willinsky, Moses Kronick, Myra Willinsky, Jack Willinsky, Dorothy Willinsky Cass, Sylvia Schwartz, Garfield Cass, Donna Cass, Gertrude Willinsky Kronick, Faly Willinsky, Max Manson, Sigmund Samuel, Leah Samuel, Florence Samuel, Bella Dobensky, and Jack Webster (or Jacob Dobensky). Dr. A.I. Willinsky appears briefly in a few clips riding a bicycle, likely filming "Coronation Tree", and drinking wine at the family Passover dinner.
Notes
Previously reels # 13, 23 and 62.
Subjects
Families
Physical Condition
Reel # 13 has 1.2 % Shrinkage
Related Material
See Fonds 81, Item 18 for another film Willinsky created about the construction of a new building for the Holy Blossom Synagogue, entitled "The Coronation Tree".
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 81; Item 18
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
81
Item
18
Material Format
moving images
Date
[ca. 1936]-1938
Physical Description
1 film reel (ca. 19 min.) : original, b&w, si. ; 16 mm
1 film reel (ca. 19 min.) : duplicate, 16 fps, b&w, si. ; 16 mm
1 DVD (ca. 19 min.) : duplicate, digital, b&w, si.
Scope and Content
Item is a documentary film about the rationale for, the construction of, and the opening ceremonies of the Holy Blossom Synagogue. Seen are shots of the crowded and dim classrooms within the old Bond St. Synagogue, its predecessor. Also seen are scenes of the official sod turning, the laying of the corner-stone, and some of the construction work on Holy Blossom at its new location at the corner of Bathurst Street and Ava Road. These are followed by various scenes of the new building’s interior and exterior. The film ends with the May 16, 1937 official opening ceremonies of, and the transfer of the Torah scrolls to, the new facility. Identified in the footage is Edmund Scheuer.
Notes
In 1988 a dupe negative and new check print were struck from the original positive print. As part of the new print production, both the original magnetic and optical sound tracks were utilized. This work was commissioned by and paid for by the Toronto Jewish Congress for its Archives.
Previously reel # 12
Name Access
Holy Blossom Temple (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Building
Synagogues
Torah scrolls
Physical Condition
Film has slight vinegar smell
Places
Ava Road (Toronto, Ont.)
Bathurst Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Bond Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
19 records – page 1 of 1.