Accession consists of three electronic copies of original photographs documenting Esther Mager's military service during the Second World War. Included is a photograph of Esther and a friend, Judith Pictin, in Montreal; Esther and two other people attending to a downed aircraft in Quebec; Esther helping to shovel snow from Mount Joli with LAC Beauchemin, LAC McEnroe, LAW Frances Coghill, and AWZ Laura Larsen.
The photographs were loaned to the OJA for copying in preparation for a possible Remembrance Day exhibit in 2011.
Esther (née Mendelson) Mager was born in Montreal on 3 December 1917 to Max and Lillian Ray (née Bloomfield) Mendelson. Her mother passed away nine months after her birth, duing the flu epidemic of 1918, and her father remarried Sarah Wallman. Max had six additional children with Sarah. From the age of tweleve to about the age of eighteen, Esther worked in her father's jewellery store, Thompson's Jewellery, located on Philips Square. There she performed various jobs such as, polishing jewellery and assisting customers. Around the age of eighteen she began work as an assistant bookkeeper for a company that manufactured refrigerators where she was paid $25 per week.
In 1941, Esther joined up with the Canadian Air Force, where she performed motor transport and was paid $28 per week. She met her husband, Saul Mager, on a blind date in Montreal while on leave from her post in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Saul was in the dress manufacturing business in Toronto. They married in 1945 and had two sons together; Mark (b. 1946) and Howard (b. 1949).