File consists of a certificate of marriage and a ketubah (marriage contract) prepared for Isadore Scheuer and Jessie Bloom on the occasion of their marriage at Holy Blossom Congregation in Toronto on November 3rd, 1918. Rabbi Solomon Jacobs officiated their wedding with Edmund Scheuer and I. Simonski serving as witnesses.
This accession consists of a wedding invitation for Esther Litmanovitch to Joseph Becker, Toronto, 1907 and copies of photographs of Joseph and Esther Becker's wedding portrait; Samuel Weber and family; Nathan Phillips and Joseph Becker; and The Toronto Section, National Council of Jewish Women.
File consists of photocopies of various news articles announcing the death of Dr. Cecile Markowitz and her life and career, and the announcement and biography of Dr. Jacob Markowitz, a lieutenant in the Imperial forces, who was missing in the Malaya Peninsula.
11 photographs : col. and b&w ; 28 x 36 cm or smaller
4 lantern slides : col. (hand painted) ; 5 x 8 cm
Larry Becker (1939-1998) was a collector with a focus on his native Toronto. He grew up in central Toronto, near Dundas and Ossington, where his father ran a cigar store. Around 1948, the family moved north to Vaughan. Larry attended Lakeshore Teachers' College and married fellow teacher, Rose Weber, in 1961. He taught primary school in Welland, Ontario
Larry returned to Toronto in June 1965, and began collecting for profit and posterity. That year, with the active assistance of his wife Rose, opened the first of three businesses that sold collectables. Both his father and grandfather had been small-scale collectors. From 1965 to 1996, the growing Becker family lived at 25 Lesgay Crescent in North York. In December 1996, the Beckers moved to a larger place in the Kettleby countryside, where Larry had planned to retire and work on his collection
Larry Becker died on February 20th, 1998
Scope and Content
The collection consists of items collected by Larry Becker including postcards, bulletins from Ontario Jewish organizations, sermons, periodicals, books, hand painted lantern slides documenting scenes of Jews in early Toronto, and other material relating to Ontario's Jewry
Information for biographical sketch gathered and cited from "Collecting Toronto: Through the Eyes of Larry Becker" virtual exhibit from the City of Toronto website at: http://www.city.toronto.on.ca/archives/becker_collections/
The lantern slides have been rehoused and moved to the negative cabinet.
Associated material note: The City of Toronto Archives has an extensive collection in the Larry Becker fonds, Fonds 70 (see Accession file for details)
The textual records are in good condition. The colour photographs are suffering from severe dark fading and have taken on a distinct red cast.
File consists of correspondence and newspaper clippings regarding Alfred Valdmanis (Waldmanis), a Latvian official who implemented anti-Allied and anti-Jewish measures during the German occupation of Latvia during the Second World War. Valdmanis immigrated to Canada after the war.
File consists of various certificated that were awarded to Phil Givens either during his mayoralship or in recognition of his services as Mayor. Included is a Municipality of Metropolitan certificate, an honorary membership to the St. George's Society of Toronto, and a Gold Cross of Honour certificate from the Government of Poland.
Accession consists of seven photographs taken by Alfred Longmore at Bergen-Belsen Concentration camp in 1945. The images are extremely graphic and document desecrated bodies, several mass graves and German soldiers loading corpses onto a truck.
The photographs were in the possession of Larry Longmore, the son of Alfred Talbot Longmore. They came to the archives via John Komlos, a docent at the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre.
Alfred Talbot Longmore was born May 1923. From 1943 to 1945 he was a Corporal in the Royal Canadian Air Force, stationed in England and assigned to a British unit. He was trained to rewire incoming planes after action at the front. Longmore was an amateur photographer and film developer and acquired film equipment during the war through the sale of contraband cigarettes. At the end of the war he volunteered for clean up and burial detail at Bergen-Belsen Concentration camp. Volunteers from all three branches of the armed forces were selected for this task. As part of the process, German SS guards were forced to participate in order to remove any deniability on their part of the atrocities committed.
Longmore was not Jewish. He died in February 2007 and is survived by his wife Aileen Mary and their four children, Robert, Susan, Larry and Judy.
File consists of textual records documenting the marriage of Sol Edell and Dolly Weinstock. Included are invitations, a list of people invited to the bridal shower, a greeting card, a bencher, and a scrapbook containing telegrams from well-wishers.
Item is a silver pin with a blue, red, and white ribbon that is attached to both the pin and a coin. On the coin there is an image of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II; on the coin's other side, there is the monarchs' names, the year they were crowned, and a royal crown. Around the circumference it reads: GEORGE VI QVEEN ELIZABETH.
Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1926-
George VI, King of Great Britain, 1895-1952
Fair. Medal is tarnished and ribbon is stained. The pin attached to the ribbon has residue on the back.
Item is the original Province of Ontario letters patent legally incorporating the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of Toronto with the powers to collect and distribute funds for charitable or philanthropic purposes.
This file contains a certificate of award presented to Yeshiva Torath Chaim by the 1954 Yiskor Fund Campaign of the Jewish National Fund and the United Jewish Relief Agencies of the Canadian Jewish Congress.
The edges of the certificate are discoloured, perhaps from acid migration.
Item is a certificate stating, "Stubby / To a man who provided a special place in our hearts and daily lives with witty humour, true humanitarianism and friendship." This certificate was likely presented to the Jewish owner of "Stubby's Restaurant".