Samuel Posluns (1910-1994) was born in Toronto to Abraham Isaac Poslaniec (1870-1922) and Sheindel Saltzman (1872-1960). He had three brothers and three sisters: Joseph, Louis, Abe, Gertrude Miriam, Anne, and Sarah. His father Abraham established the family run clothing firm Superior Cloak Company in 1916. In 1934, it was bankrupted and closed after a lengthy strike. In 1936, Samuel opened his own business, Popular Cloak Company. In 1967, the Posluns family purchased Tip Top Tailors, in partnership with entrepreneur Jimmy Kay. A year later they incorporated their new venture under the name of Dylex as a holding company for the Tip Top chain of stores.
During the Second World War, Samuel Posluns served as a member of the air force reserves. After the war, he was elected president of the United Jewish Welfare Fund in 1947. That same year, in collaboration with the Canadian Jewish Congress and the Jewish Labour Committee, Posluns helped lead the Tailor Project along with Max E. Enkin, which was aimed at helping Jewish displaced persons immigrate to Canada by securing them employment as tailors. A commited advocate for Jewish education, Posluns also served as the first president and founding chair of the Board of Jewish Education (BJE) in 1949. He remained honorary president for life and continued to attend meetings until health problems held back his participation in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Posluns was also a founding board member of the North York General Hospital.
Samuel Posluns died in Toronto in 1994.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records related to the Posluns family and their clothing business, Popular Cloak Company. The records include correspondence, financial records, periodicals and newsletters, photographs, certificates and personal identification. The fonds also includes textual documents and photos documenting Samuel Posluns' involvement in the Tailor Project.
Canadian Jewish Congress
Enkin, Max E.
Jewish Labour Committee
Popular Cloak Company
Posluns, Samuel, 1910-1994
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
File consists of letters regarding the Tailor Project from organizers and Federal Government officials. Also included is a letter from Ontario MPP J.B. Salsberg in which he describes the "very definite anti-Jewish bias in the Canadian immigration policies and their application".
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
File consists of black and white photographs related to the Tailor Project, including photos taken at Bergen Belsen Displaced Persons Camp showing the Tailor Project team testing candidates. Other photos include scenes of devestation in Hanover, documentation of concentration camps at Belsen and Dachau as well as two photos of Posluns with unidentified individuals, taken at the Munich Military Post Officers Club. Other identified individuals include Max Enkin and Samuel Herbst.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
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.