Accession consists of film reels that document the Walters family of Toronto. Included is one reel of a family gathering at Niagara Falls and Crystal Beach (1952), two reels of Marshall Walters' Bar Mitzvah (1966), and one reel of Donna Walters' sweet 16 birthday party (1967).
Benjamin Walters was born in Poland in 1922 to Rachael and Max Walters. He immigrated with his family to Toronto, Canada around 1927. His father was a watchmaker and jeweler. Benjamin learned the trade from his father and with his wife Sylvia, operated their own business on Queen Street East called Sunnybrook Credit Jewelers.
Benjamin married Sylvia (nee Midanik) on January 10, 1950. Born in 1926, Sylvia was one of three children born to Sarah (nee Pullen) and Alick “Smokey Joe” Midanik. Alick was a real estate developer on Elizabeth Street.
Together, Benjamin and Sylvia had two children: Donna (b. 8 March 1951) and Marshall (b. 27 March 1953). In his youth, Marshall sold flowers on the streets of downtown Toronto. He died at a young age in a car accident in Africa during his summer vacation from university.
Donna took secretary courses at Seneca College and worked at various law firms until she became a mother. She married Gerald Swartz on November 21, 1976 and they had a son, Mark (b. 6 July 1978), and twin girls, Debra and Shari (b. 21 March 1981). Gerald was an accountant.