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Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
9
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1917
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 7 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of Ethel Mehr and Sylvia Brenner standing in the backyard of the Mehr family home at 374 Markham St., Toronto.
Name Access
Brenner, Sylvia
Mehr, Ethel
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
Markham Street (Toronto, Ont.).
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 44
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
44
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1923]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of Ethel Mehr and Sylvia Brenner with two other unidentified women. They are all wearing fur coats and standing on the running board of a car.
Name Access
Brenner, Sylvia
Mehr, Ethel
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.
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 46
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
46
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1923]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of Ethel Mehr (left) and Sylvia Brenner (right) seated in a car. Two other friends are seated in the back seats.
Name Access
Brenner, Sylvia
Mehr, Ethel
Subjects
Automobiles
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
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 45
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
45
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1923]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
This tiem is a photograph of Ethel Mehr (left) and Sylvia Brenner (second from left) seated on the running board of a car with two other women.
Name Access
Brenner, Sylvia
Mehr, Ethel
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
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 18
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
18
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1918]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 20 x 76 cm
Scope and Content
This item consists of a photograph of members of a social club, which may be a sorority, either Alpha Epsilon Phi or Delta Phi Epsilon.
Pictured left to right are: Molly Levinter; Jennie Fremes (m. Isadore Brodey); [unknown]; Sylvia Brenner (m. Lionel Fogler); Mary Wilder (m. Sam Yolles); Ethel Mehr (m. Henry Greisman); Lily Waldman (m. Abe Cass); Bertha Rosenfeld (m. Allen); [unknown]; Ella Fremes (m. Cherniofsky); Rose (m. Rafelman); Dorothy Andrews (m. Silverman).
Name Access
Allen, Bertha
Andrews, Dorothy
Brenner, Sylvia
Brodey, Jennie
Cass, Lily
Cherniofsky, Ella
Fogler, Sylvia
Fremes, Ella
Fremes, Jennie
Greisman, Ethel
Levinter, Molly
Mehr, Ethel
Rafelman, Rose
Rosenfeld, Bertha
Silverman, Dorothy
Waldman, Lily
Wilder, Mary
Yolles, Mary
Subjects
Clubs
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.
Physical Condition
This photo is very dirty and cracked in several places.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
13
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1917]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 6 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of Ethel Mehr standing with a doll at the family home at 374 Markham Street, Toronto.
Name Access
Mehr, Ethel
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.
Places
Markham Street (Toronto, Ont.).
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 22
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
22
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1918]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 10 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of Ethel Mehr standing in the backyard of the Mehr family home at 374 Markham St., Toronto. She is wearing a fur coat.
Name Access
Mehr, Ethel
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
Markham Street (Toronto, Ont.).
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
6
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1916]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of Ethel Mehr at the Mehr cottage at Jackson's Point. She is pictured standing near the water on top of a wooden construction.
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
Jackson's Point (Ont.)
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 47
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
47
Material Format
graphic material
Date
15 Dec. 1925
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 19 x 24 cm on matte 33 x 33 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of the Mehr family taken on Ethel Mehr's wedding day. Pictured from left to right are: Pincus (brother), Lucille (sister), Leonard (brother), Bessie (mother), Ethel, Mendel (father), and Bernice Mehr (sister).
Name Access
Mehr, Pincus
Mehr, Ethel
Mehr, Lucille
Mehr, Leonard
Mehr, Bessie
Mehr, Mendel
Mehr, Bernice
Greisman, Henry
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Weddings
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
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 68
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
68
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
[ca. 1898]-1965
Physical Description
70 photographs
1 folder of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Ethel Mehr (1901-1975) was born in Toronto in March 1901, the daugther of Mendel and Bessie Mehr. She attended Bishop Strachan School in Toronto. On December 15, 1925, Ethel married Henry Greisman (1897-1950) who was a partner in the Balfour Building Company and later owned the Lady Ellis chain of clothing stores. They had two children, John Richard and Sally Barbara (m. Brenzel). After Henry Greisman's death, Ethel married Myer Brenner, whom she had first met as a young women.
Ethel had four siblings, Pincus, Leonard, Lucille (Warshavsky) and Bernice (Dunkelman).
Custodial History
The materials in this fonds were donated to the Archives in 1988 by Sally (Greisman) Brenzel, the daughter of Ethel Mehr.
Scope and Content
This fonds consists of photographs and a small amount of textual records documenting the Mehr, Greisman and Brenner families. The photographs include images of the Mehr family and friends, including individual members of the Greisman and Brenner families, and images of the Lady Ellis Shops in Toronto, Stratford, Ottawa and Windsor. The textual records include Ethel Mehr's confirmation diploma from Holy Blossom Temple as well as a personal letter and a Bishop Strachan domestic science workbook.
Name Access
Mehr, Ethel, 1901-1975
Subjects
Children
Education
Creator
Mehr, Ethel, 1901-1975
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 21
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
21
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1918]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of Pincus and Ethel Mehr in the backyard of the family home at 374 Markham Street, Toronto.
Name Access
Mehr, Pincus
Mehr, Ethel
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
Markham Street (Toronto, Ont.).
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 69
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
69
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[195-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of a Passover seder at the home of Ethel and Meyer Brenner. The family is seated around the table.
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Seder
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 39
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
39
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1923]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of Ethel Mehr standing in her bathing suit at Mehr's cottage at Jackson's Point, Ontario.
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
Jacksons Point (Georgina, Ont.)
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 50
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
50
Material Format
graphic material
Date
9 Dec. 1929
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of a dinner party thrown for Meyer Brenner. The photograph depicts 26 people dressed in tuxedos seated behind a banquet table. The event may have taken place at the King Edward Hotel.
Pictured in the rear, from left to right: Lionel Fogler; Ben Miller.
Front, from left to right: Alex Solway; Jake Rash Kofsky; Meyer Brenner.
Notes
Photo by Alexandra Studios.
Subjects
Dinners and dining
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.
Physical Condition
Photo is torn and missing a piece from the lower right side.
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 23
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
23
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1918]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 8 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of Ethel Mehr seated on the steps to her cottage at Jackson's Point, Ontario.
Subjects
Cottages
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
Jackson's Point (Ont.)
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Family series
Events sub-series
Park Plaza Opening file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 5-3; File 1; Item 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Family series
Events sub-series
Park Plaza Opening file
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
5-3
File
1
Item
6
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1946
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w (negative) ; 10 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a group portrait of, front row (left to right): Sylvia Schwartz, unknown man and unknown woman.
Notes
This image has no proofs.
Subjects
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
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 40
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
40
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1923]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of Ethel Mehr holding a set of golf clubs and standing next to Rita Cooper in Sutton, Ontario.
Name Access
Cooper, Rita
Mehr, Ethel
Subjects
Golf
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
Sutton (Ont.)
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 36
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
36
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1919]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 14 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of Bernice and Lucille Mehr standing in the backyard of the Mehr family home at 374 Markham St., Toronto.
Name Access
Mehr, Bernice
Mehr, Lucille
Subjects
Children
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
Markham Street (Toronto, Ont.).
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 16
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
16
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1918
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 10 x 15 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of members of the Mehr family, possibly taken on University Avenue. Pictured in the rear, from left to right are: [unknown], Jacob Mehr, Ethel Mehr, Joseph Rosenblatt.
In front, left to right: [unknown], [unknown].
Jacob Mehr and Joseph Rosenblatt were the paternal and maternal grandfathers of Ethel Mehr.
Name Access
Mehr, Jacob
Mehr, Ethel
Rosenblatt, Joseph
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
University Avenue (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 5088
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
5088
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1985
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of Rabbi David Hartman. Hartman's photograph was kept by the Beth Sholom Synagogue adult education department. It is unclear whether or not he was invited to speak in Toronto.
Name Access
Hartman, David, 1931-2013
Subjects
Portraits
Rabbis
Repro Restriction
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Accession Number
1989-6-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 48
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
48
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1925]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 11 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of a group of people in bathing suits sitting on the dock at the Mehr's cottage in Jackson's Point, Ontario. Pictured from left to right are: Melba Hutner, Bernice Mehr, Eleanor Cohen (cousin), Ethel Mehr, Ruby Cohen (cousin), and Bert Cooper.
Subjects
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
Jacksons Point (Georgina, Ont.)
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
12
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1917]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 7 x 11 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of a group of girls on the beach at the Mehr's cottage in Jackson's Point, Ontario. Pictured standing from left to right: Lucille Mehr, Charlotte Weis (cousin from Cleveland), Leonore Weis. Seated: Ethel Mehr.
Subjects
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
Jackson's Point (Ont.)
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Miscellaneous family members series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 17; Item 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Miscellaneous family members series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
17
Item
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1900]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 10 x 7 cm
Admin History/Bio
The Samuel family lived in Toronto on Huron Street. Abraham Samuel was a tailor and his wife Martha was a housewife. Their daughter was listed as a student in 1931.
Scope and Content
Item is a portrait of Sylvia Samuel taken during the turn of the twentieth century. The portrait was taken at a photo studio in Toronto. The subject was approximately two years old when the photograph was taken and was wearing a fur trimmed coat, a white hat and a large fur muff.
Notes
Photographer: Thompson Brothers.
Mounted in card frame.
Name Access
Samuel, Sylvia
Subjects
Children
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
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 49
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
49
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1928]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 14 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of Bessie Mehr standing in front of a stone building. The photograph was most likely taken in Mt. Clemens, Michigan.
Name Access
Mehr, Bessie
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
Mount Clemens (Mich.)
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 61
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
61
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[194-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 7 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of Leonard Mehr wearing a military uniform in front of the Mehr family home on Burnside Dr. in Toronto. He is standing with his niece Carole Warren and nephew Fred Dunkelman. Several people are standing behind him on the porch.
Name Access
Dunkelman
Mehr, Leonard
Subjects
Military uniforms
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
Burnside Drive (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Family series
Events sub-series
Park Plaza Opening file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 5-3; File 1; Item 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Family series
Events sub-series
Park Plaza Opening file
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
5-3
File
1
Item
5
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1946
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w (negative) ; 10 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
Phyllis Marshall (b. Barrie, ON, 4 Nov 1921) was a Canadian singer and actress. She studied piano as a child and was known as a track athlete, but made her debut at 15 as a singer on radio station CRCT. She then performed with Jack Arthur and on CBC radio with Percy Faith.
Her first nightclub engagement was at Toronto's Silver Slipper, September 1938, with the Canadian Ambassadors. Encouraged by the CBC announcer Byng Whitteker to sing blues and jazz, she performed during the 1940s with various Toronto dance bands, including an 18-month stint at Toronto's Park Plaza Hotel 1944-46, with her own trio, and on tour 1947-8 in the USA with the Cab Calloway Orchestra.
A contemporary of Eleanor Collins among early black performers on the CBC, Marshall appeared 1949-52 on radio's 'Blues for Friday' (later 'Starlight Moods') and starred on TV's 'The Big Revue' 1952-4, 'Cross-Canada Hit Parade' 1956-9, and other shows. She performed with Canadian jazz notables including Oscar Peterson and Bert Niosi, and also starred in the Canadian National Exhibition grandstand show. She performed in England on BBC TV in 1959 (The Phyllis Marshall Special) and again in 1964 in nightclubs. Her LP That Girl (1964, Cap FS-614), recorded in the company of US jazz stars Buck Clayton and Buddy Tate, captures Marshall's light, secure singing style and received a Juno Award as 'good music product LP'. Marshall had earlier recorded for Monogram in 1949.
Her second career, as an actress, began in 1956 at Toronto's Crest Theatre and included dramatic and musical roles in stage, radio, and TV productions such as the revue Cindy-Ella (1964), CBC radio's 'The Amen Corner' (1970), and CBS-CTV's Night Heat in the mid-1980s. She continued to sing on occasion - eg, at the ACTRA Awards in 1977, and for Freedom Fest (Harbourfront) in 1988.
Marshall is remembered as one of Canadian television's earliest stars, and as a pioneer among black Canadian performers.
She died in Toronto in 1996.
Scope and Content
This item is a group portrait of, front row (left to right): Phyllis Marshall and Sylvia Schwartz. Everyone else in this photograph is unidentified (possibly musicians).
Notes
This image has no proofs.
Subjects
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.
Related Material
See Fonds 80, series 4 for a portrait of Phyllis Marshall by Sylvia Schwartz.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 33
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
33
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1919
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 7 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of four girls in the dormitory at Bishop Strachan School in Toronto. On the far right is Ethel Mehr.
Name Access
Bishop Strachan School
Subjects
Dormitories
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
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 32
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
32
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1919
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 7 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of the dormitory at Bishop Strachan School. Ethel Mehr is pictured on the left of the two other girls.
Name Access
Bishop Strachan School
Subjects
Dormitories
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
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
8
Material Format
graphic material
Date
July 1917
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 11 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of the Mehr and Sapera families of Toronto visiting Galt, Ontario (now Cambridge) for a picnic. The photo depicts the group seated on the grass in front of a house.
Pictured from left to right are: Matt Sapera, [unidentified], Pincus Mehr (in behind), Leonard Mehr, [unidentified woman], [unidentified women], [unidentified man standing], [unidentified woman], Flo Sapera (in front), Ethel Mehr.
Subjects
Families
Picnics
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
Galt (Cambridge, Ont.)
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 38
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
38
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1922]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 15 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of the Mehr family and friends gathered for a picnic at Jackson's Point. Identified individuals include: Lucille Mehr, Bibi Hutner, Helen Pullan, Bernice Mehr, Merle Rosenberg, Melba Hutner, Beulah Hutner.
Notes
See accession record for exact locations of individuals.
Subjects
Families
Picnics
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
Jacksons Point (Georgina, Ont.)
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 28
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
28
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1919
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 15 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph taken at Leonard Mehr's bar mitzvah in Toronto. Pictured are:
Back row, left to right: Mendel Mehr (father), Ethel, Pincus, Bessie (mother).
Front row, left to right: Lucille, Bernice, Leonard.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
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
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 24
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
24
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1918]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 11 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of a group seated on the steps to the Mehr cottage at Jackson's Point, Ontario. Pictured from left to right: [unidentified], [unidentified], Lucille Mehr, Ethel Mehr, [unidentified], Ella Fremes, and Bernice Dunkelman.
Subjects
Cottages
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
Jackson's Point (Ont.)
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1898]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 7 x 10 cm
Custodial History
This item is a photograph of Bessie and Mendel Mehr of Toronto, taken in Buffalo, New York.
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.
Physical Condition
This photograph is cracked in several places and scratched.
Places
Buffalo (N.Y.)
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
14
Material Format
graphic material
Date
11 Feb. 1918
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 14 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a studio portrait of Bessie and Mendel Mehr, taken in Mt. Clemens, Michigan.
Name Access
Mehr, Mendel
Mehr, Bessie
United States
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
Mount Clemens (Mich.)
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Jewish Torontonians series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 1; Item 25
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Jewish Torontonians series
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
1
Item
25
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Dec. 1953
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 12 x 18 cm, 13 x 9 cm.
Admin History/Bio
Sadie Oelbaum (née Margulies) was the wife of Julius Irving Oelbaum, and had two daughters, Dorothy Koven and Helen Simpson. They were married on 3 June 1923.
Scope and Content
The item is a portrait of Sadie Oelbaum.
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Related Material
See Fonds 37, series 4-1, item 4 for a family portrait of the Oelbaums.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2016-11-23
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-11-23
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 negative ; b&w ; 10 x 12 cm
Date
[192-?]
Scope and Content
Accessin consists of one copy negative of Sadie Goodman. She is wearing a military-style uniform.
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
17
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1918]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 7 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of three members of the Mehr family in front of their family home with Baness and Miriam Goldblatt.
Name Access
Goldblatt, R
Goldblatt, Miriam
Mehr family
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
Markham Street (Toronto, Ont.).
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Miscellaneous family members series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 17; Item 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Miscellaneous family members series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
17
Item
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1900]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 8 cm
Admin History/Bio
Unknown.
Scope and Content
Item is a graduation portrait of Ethel C. taken at a studio in Altoona, Pa. Photo could be of Ethel Gold, the eldest daughter of David and Hannah Cass.
Notes
Mounted in card holder
Inscribed on card holder: "With Love Ethel C."
Photographer: Shaeffer, Altoona
Name Access
C., Ethel
Gold, Ethel
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
Altoona (Pa.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 514
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
514
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1920
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Custodial History
This item is a portrait of Ethel and Leib Hundert, taken in Czechoslovakia.
Notes
Acquired on June 22, 1975.
Name Access
Hundert, Ethel
Hundert, Leib
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
Czechoslovakia
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Executive director series
Teacher files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 2-4; File 68
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Executive director series
Teacher files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
2-4
File
68
Material Format
textual record
Date
1951
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
10
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1917
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 10 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of Leonard, Bernice and Lucille Mehr standing in the backyard of the Mehr family home at 374 Markham St., Toronto.
Name Access
Mehr, Leonard
Mehr, Bernice
Mehr, Lucille
Subjects
Children
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
Markham Street (Toronto, Ont.).
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2005-11-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-11-5
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 15 x 10 cm
Date
[ca. 1930]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one photograph of Sadie and Nathan Friedman standing in a field at Crystal's Resort in Pontypool around the summer of 1930.
Administrative History
Nathan Friedman (b. 1906-d. 1954) was born in Poland and Sadie (Book) Friedman (b. 1911- d. 1991) was born in Hamilton, ON. They were married in Toronto in June 1929. Nathan worked as a furrier in Toronto. They began vacationing in Pontypool during the early 1930s and originally rented a loft in the Crystal's barn. Later they rented a cabin at Crystal's Resort. The donor, Jerry Friedman, is the son of Nathan and Sadie.
Pontypool was a popular summer resort spot for vacationing Jews from the 1940s to the 1960s. The area was relatively cheap and had a pond as its swimming spot. Kosher meals would often be brought in for the vacationers who arrived on two trains daily from Union station. Charlie and Surah Crystal were the owners of several resort cabins resort that was popular amongst the Jewish vacationers.
Subjects
Charities
Outdoor recreation
Vacations
Name Access
Friedman, Nathan
Friedman, Sadie
Places
Pontypool, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Sadie Stren fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 78
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sadie Stren fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
78
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
graphic material (electronic)
Date
[189-]-1997
Physical Description
15 cm of textual records
176 photographs : b&w ; 20 x 25 cm or smaller
2 photographs (jpg) : b&w
Admin History/Bio
Sadie Stren was born on April 19, 1915 in Detroit, Michigan. Her father and mother had come from a small town in Russia. Samuel Goldberg, her father, arrived to stay with family in Brantford, Ontario in 1910 and began working as a peddler. He moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1912 where he worked for the Ford Motor Company and later owned a confectionary store. Emma, Sadie’s mother, came from Russia to reunite with Samuel after he began living in Detroit and the couple married and started a family there.
Sadie grew up in a predominately Jewish neighbourhood in Detroit with her parents and her sister Sarah. She graduated from what is now Wayne State University and worked as a social studies teacher in Detroit for approximately 10 years, until she married at age 31. Sadie first met her husband, Maurice "Maurie" Strenkovsky (1910-1995), while visiting relatives in Brantford. By the time the two had met, Maurie was going by the last name Stren, although it is not certain when he began to do so. He served in the Second World War and corresponded with Sadie during their courtship. The two married in 1947, five years after meeting. The couple initially lived in Detroit, where their son David was born on August 28, 1948, but soon moved to Brantford, where Sadie gave birth to a daughter, Patti, on August 8, 1949. Maurie became a manufacturer of surgical dressing and continued in this profession until his retirement.
When Sadie first moved to Brantford, she joined several Jewish women’s organizations, including Hadassah. She has continued to be actively involved in both Jewish and non-Jewish community organizations since that time. She ran and taught the Beth David Sunday school in Brantford for many years, and in 1976, was honoured for her work as Sunday school supervisor by the Beth David Sisterhood. During her time in Brantford, Sadie served on the board of directors for eight different organizations, and was the president of four. She was a member of the board of directors for the Family Service Bureau and was elected president in 1966. She is also a past president of the University Women’s Club and a former board member of the YM-YWCA. Her husband was quite active in the community as well. Maurie Stren’s commitments included serving as President of B’nai B’rith Brantford from 1965-1966 and as District Governor of the Lions Club from 1963-64, among other things.
Upon moving to Toronto, Sadie became a member of the Baycrest Women’s Auxiliary and volunteered at Mount Sinai Hospital and the Aphasia Institute.
Sadie was an amateur historian who served as the Brantford Jewish community's archivist and historian for a number of years. She had been collecting sources of Brantford Jewish history in her home since at least the 1970s in order to assemble the history of Brantford's community. Sadie was also an author who wrote about the history of the Brantford community, spoke at conferences, and was a contributor to the Canadian Jewish Historical Society Journal in 1981. She passed away on December 9, 2014. She was one hundred.
Custodial History
The records were donated by Sadie Stren in five different transfers from 1976-2006. The first accession was received as a part of the small communities project in 1976 and included only photographs. Subsequent accessions included photographs and textual documents relating to both Sadie’s family and the Brantford community. Sadie is an author and she acquired some of the materials when researching the history of the Brantford community.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of material created and collected by Sadie Stren related to the Brantford Jewish community, as both a member of the community and an author researching its history. Among the records are newspaper and article clippings, correspondence, research notes, records of the Brantford Hebrew Association, miscellaneous printed and published material, Hadassah minutes, records related to Congregation Beth David and its Hebrew school and photographs.
The Brantford Hebrew Association records include 3 ledger books which span the years between 1909 to 1952, legal documents for the Association including the original letters patent incorporating the Brantford Hebrew Association in 1911.
Notes
Some of the photographs are modern copies of older photographs.
Some early accessions contained photocopies of orginal documents that were eventually donated in later transfers. These photocopies were culled.
Many photographs were described at the item level at the time they were accessioned, but there are quite a few photographs in the fonds which have not yet been described in detail.
Name Access
Stren, Sadie, 1915-2014
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
Volunteers
Related Material
For additional material related to the Brantford Jewish community see also accession #1978-11-4, accession #2009-2-5, oral history #AC91, and accession #2004-5-71.
Creator
Stren, Sadie, 1915-
Places
Brantford (Ont.)
Accession Number
1976-6-9
1977-5-6
1978-11-3
2005-11-10
2006-12-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Executive director series
Teacher files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 2-4; File 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Executive director series
Teacher files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
2-4
File
6
Material Format
textual record
Date
1959-1960
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 66
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
66
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[196-?]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w ; 9 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of portrait photographs of Sylvia Grant.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1980-12-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1980-12-8
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Date
1917
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a photograph of the Toronto Zionist parade to celebrate the Balfour Declaration along with a copy negative and copy print.
Descriptive Notes
See photo #4689 (accession 1988-3-3) for another photograph of this parade.
Subjects
Parades
Name Access
Balfour Declaration
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-100
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-100
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
11 photographs : b&w ; 9 x 14 cm or smaller
Date
1929-1953
Scope and Content
This accession consists of photographs of the Kane family, Camp Naivelt, Young Maccabees softball team at Camp Camperdown and other locations, and school photographs.
Photo Caption (001): Father, mother, and Brenda at Camp Naivelt, Brampton, Ont, 1953. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, accession 2004-5-100.
Photo Caption (002): Girl at Camp Naivelt, Brampton, Ont., 28 July 1953. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, accession 2004-5-100.
Name Access
Camp Camperdown (near Collingwood, Ont.)
Camp Naivelt (Brampton, Ont.)
Places
Brampton, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-6-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-6-2
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
10 cm of textual records and graphic material
Date
[ca. 1955]-[ca. 1987]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of materials related primarily to a Yiddish theatre production entitled Shver tzu Zein a Yid (Hard to be a Jew) by Shalom Aleichem co-starring Ben Lennick and Chayele Luxenburg. The play was produced by Sylvia Grimson for the Yiddish Renascence Theatre and opened for a three-day run at the Crest Theatre located at 551 Mount Pleasant Road, in May 1975. Materials include photographs, critiques, letters of support, and reviews. Photographs of ‘The Heritage Players’ actors include Ron Barry, Ben Lennick, Sam Stein, William Pevzner, Reva Ockrant, Paul Orsini (1972), Terry Shonblum, Leib Lensky, Chayele Luxenburg, Jank Zaifman, Shimmy Plener, Danny Freeedman. In addition, there is a publicity still of Golda Meir greeting performers after an unknown stage performance. A selection of photographs by Gadi Hoz and Maurice Seymour, New York.
Administrative History
Sylvia Fistell Grimson was born in Montreal ca. 1920s (she was never registered at birth) and grew up in Toronto. As a single mother of one son, Grimson worked for several years in factories and government offices before opening an antique store at Yonge and Wellesley, which she ran for ten years. Grimson taught ballet and modern dance, wrote poetry, and always had a passion for theatre, Yiddish culture, and the need for Jewish self-expression. Her dream was to bring Yiddish professional theatre to Toronto. In 1972, Grimson founded the Yiddish Renascence Theatre (which later became the Toronto Jewish Arts Theatre), for which she produced the plays Shver tzu Zein a Yid and The Three Lives of Adam. She has also performed in other plays such as Come Blow Your Horn and with The Heritage Players. She continues to live in Toronto, write poetry, and is also working on a book.
Subjects
Theater, Yiddish
Name Access
Grimson, Sylvia
Yiddish Renascence Theatre
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-11-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-11-2
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
9 photographs : b&w and col. ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Date
1943-1977
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material related to the Belleville Jewish community, in particular, the Schwab family and the Sons of Jacob Synagogue. It includes one copy of the Sons of Jacob Synagogue dedication book, a programme from brotherhood week and several photographs of the Schwab family and other members of the community.
The photographs are as follows:
1. Ben Safe and Julius Abramsky holding a large fish (1943).
2. Sid Rose, Ted Schwab and Art Black (1947).
3. Mike Levine, Paul Yanover, Ben Yanover, Eve Yanover, Vera Levine, Nellie Schwab, Sylvia Schwab and Stephen Schwab on the beach (1948).
4. Stephen Schwab's bar mitzvah portrait (1952).
5. Belleville Sisterhood group portrait (ca. 1960). Pictured, top row, left to right: Mrs. Pollak, unidentified, unidentified, Niomi Spiegel, Carol Albert, Cathy Mazer, Hilda Tuchmayer, unidentified, Mrs. Sylvia Freeman. Middle row, left to right: unidentified, unidentified, unidentified, Blooma Tobe, unidentified, Becky Shulman, Mrs. Gittleman, Mrs. Goldberg, Mrs. Esther Yanover, unidentified. Front row, left to right: Nellie Schwab, Sue Black, Jennie Nemtin, Bernice Mandel, Flo Yanover, Lil Albert.
6. Sue and Art Black (ca. 1965).
7. Copy family portrait of Theodore, Stephen, Nellie, and Sylvia Schwab (24 October 1952).
8. Michael Basch with the Torah scrolls at his bar mitzvah (1977).
9. Michael Basch at the bimah during his bar mitzvah (1977).
Administrative History
The Schwab family were one of the earliest Jewish families in Belleville. Theodore Schwab owned a stationary store.
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Communities
Families
Synagogues
Name Access
Basch, Sylvia
Places
Belleville (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-2-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-2-2
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
[ca. 3000 negatives] : b&w ; 10 x 15 cm
Date
1954-1959
Scope and Content
Accession consists of approximately 3000 portrait negatives and prints taken by Sylvia Schwartz. The photographs depict members of the Jewish community, jazz musicians, and a small number of non-Jews as well. Within each box, the records are divided up into envelopes, which include anywhere from one to twenty negatives and occasionally a small number of prints.
Custodial History
The negatives were in the possession of Herb Solway, Sylvia Schwartz's nephew until they were donated to the Archives.
Administrative History
Sylvia Schwartz was born in 1914 in Toronto. Her parents were Joseph and Gertrude, who were respectively born in the United States and Austria. She had two older sisters, Fannie and Rosetta (Ruth). Her family moved to Toronto around 1903. Joseph was a furier who eventually set up his own business, J. Schwartz & Co. Ltd., a fur manufacturing company on Madison Avenue. He later became a partner in the Park Plaza Hotel on Avenue Road. Unlike her siblings, Sylvia was a dwarf, who led a successful life despite her physical limitations. She became a prominent portrait photographer in Toronto and owned a studio on Grenville Road. She began her career during the 1940s, capturing images of families, servicemen during the war as well as brides. She eventually carved out a niche for herself mid-career, specializing in children's portraiture. In addition to her professional activities, she was also recognized for her commitment to Communism. She befriended many famous American artists who were supporters of the cause, such as Paul Robeson, Duke Ellington, Lena Horne and Cab Caloway, travelling across the border frequently to attend meetings and work with her American comrades. In 1976 she set up a special children's book award to honour her late sister Ruth, who was a respected Toronto bookseller. In 2004, six years after Sylvia's death, her family changed the name of the award to the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards. The awards are administered by the Ontario Arts Council which selects the school and juries. The Ontario Arts Foundation, the Schwartz Foundation and the Canadian Booksellers Association, in turn, are responsible for producing the shortlist of books for the jury.
Subjects
Photographers
Name Access
Schwartz, Sylvia, 1914-1998
Source
Archival Accessions
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