39 photographs : b&w and col ; 42 x 52 cm or smaller
5 photographs : b&w (TIF)
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs of the Bernstein, Seskin and Norris families. Among the photos is a photo album belonging to Eva & Srulik Norris, six painted photographic portraits (oval mounted on card with crayon embellishments); one painting, a worn copy of Readings from the Holy Scriptures issued to Sid Bernstein, while serving with the Canadian Armed Forces, Camp Borden, ca. 1943. This bible is an example of those issued to Jewish Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen, published in the United States by Jewish Welfare Board in 1943. This copy was distributed by the Mount Royal Lodge No. 729, B’nai B’rith, and the War Efforts Committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress, March 1943. In addition there is a Balmoral Hotel business card and a presonal Shana Tova greeting card of the donor's Great Aunt Hinde Bernstein.
The individuals identified in the photographs include: Moshe Yukel Berstein, Isadore Bernstein, Ettie Bernstein, Avram Hersh Bernstein, Brothers Hymie, Izzie, Nathan and Saul Bernstein, Moishe Bernstein, Eva Norris, Srulick Norris, Mattel Sluzewska, Michal Sluzewski, Dave Gruber, Hinda Bernstein, William (Wilhelm) Seskin, Jack Seskin, Sofie Seskin, Anny Kofman, Jennie Seskin, Adolf Seskin, andLeah Bernstein (née Zuber). Locations of the photographs include: Mr. Bernstein's gas station in Haliburton, Ontario; Chez Ami, Buffalo, New York; Shepatovka, Russia; Pontypool, Ontario and Toronto, Ontario.
Michael Bernstein inherited the collection that was formerly in the possession of his grandmother Ettie Bernstein. He also acquired the photogaph album belonging to Eva and Srulick Norris, friends of Ettie's.
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