Accession consists of 5 photographs, a letter from Joan Sutton to Frank Laurie speaking about Nat Laurie's positive influence on her life and newsclippings. The photographs include a panoramic of a Dress Manufacturers Guild banquet (194-) featuring Nat Laurie at the head table in front of the microphone. Also identified are Sam, Abe and Joseph Posluns. Other photographs include images of Emma Laurie with daughter Marilyn and Emma's much younger half-sister Annie Pion Steinberg, a portrait of Emma Steinberg (ca. 1934) and one of Nat and Emma around the time of their wedding (ca. 1937) as well as a group photo of Marilyn Laurie at Camp Arowhon (ca. 1949-1950). Also identified in this photograph is Ruthie Silver.
Nathan (Nat) Laurie (ca. 1904-1958) was born around 1904 in Montreal, Quebec. He married Emma (nee Steinberg) (1914-1997) around 1937 after a brief courtship. Together they had one son, Frank and one daughter, Marilyn (m. Baker). Nat owned Nat Laurie Dresses at Spadina Avenue and Richmond Street in Toronto and was president of the Dress Manufacturers Guild. Notably, he was in charge of fabric allocations during the Second World War and provided a dress to the winner of the Miss Toronto pageant. In 1951, he opened the Zanzibar night club on Yonge Street as a live blues and jazz club. Nat died in 1958.