Accession consists of two items that belonged to Philip Martin. The first item is a 1931 Central High School of Commerce yearbook. The second item is a letter written by the proprietor of Scarfe's French Beauty Shop in Toronto, to Lillian Noble, in which the former denies the latter employment on the grounds the latter is Jewish.
Linda Martin, Philip Martin's daughter, found the letter inside the yearbook when she was sorting through her father's things after he died. It is unknown how Philip came into possession of the letter.
Philip "Phil" Martin was born on November 5, 1913. Growing up during the Great Depression, he did not have the means to attend university. Instead, he became a businessman in Hamilton, Ontario, where he owned a sporting goods store. Philip continued to run his business until the age of forty-seven. When he was forty-eight, he went back to school and became a chiropractor. After graduating, he practiced for over twenty years.
Philip was deeply involved in the Jewish community. In Hamilton, he belonged to Beth Jacob Synagogue, where he was an active member. He was a volunteer for United Jewish Appeal and was an active member of the Toronto Jewish Free Loan Society. Joining Beth Tzedec, he sat on its ritual committee. Philip was also president of Upper Canada Lodge and volunteered at the Harold & Grace Baker Centre Shabbat services.
Philip and his wife Laura had three children: Marleen, Sheila, and Linda. Philip died on December 20, 2002.
Physical description: The yearbook contains approximately thirty-five signatures, presumably of other Central High students.
Conservation: The letter has been encapsulated.
Availability other formats: The letter is also available as PDF.