Black and white photograph depicts Jacob Parker (front left), with family and friends. Jacob and Pearl Parker came to Vancouver circa 1894 from Kishinev, Bessarabia, Russia. Their daughter Etta (Mrs. Charles Goldberg), born July 28, 1895, was one of the earliest Jewish births in Vancouver.
Individuals seated (L-R) are: E.V. Bodwell, (His Honor) Edgar Dewdney (Lieut-Gov. of B.C.), Mrs. Dewdney, Mrs. E.V. Bodwell, Mrs. David Oppenheimer [nee Julia Walters], Mrs. H.J. Cambie, unidentified person, Mrs. Isaac Oppenheimer (Celia), Mrs. Rose Townley (Mrs. Grange Holt), Miss Annie Bodwell (Mrs. Sherlock), (His Worship) David Oppenheimer, James Orr (M.P.), Capt. Hugh Stalker. Individuals standing (L-R) are: presumed Ald. Robert Clark, unidentified person, Ald. Thomas Dunn.
Jack Wasserman (1927-1977) was a nightlife and celebrity columnist for the Vancouver Sun newspaper. So profound was Wasserman's role in Vancouver's nightlife that the key blocks of Hornby Street, where much of the action was, has since been officially dubbed "Wasserman's Beat".
Black and white photograph depicts a Purim Carnival at Lester Court; Ruth Mahrer crowned Queen Esther by Mayor Taylor, at right is Morris Soskin and Rabbi Wohlgelernter (wearing spectacles).
Quoted in Cyril E. Leonoff's book, Pioneers, Pedlars and Prayer Shawls (1978):
"Rabbi N. M. Pastinsky is addressing the gathering. M. M. Grossman, chairman of the Building Committee, wearing a straw hat is at the far left of the platform. The original Sons of Israel Synagogue is seen in the background.
To raise funds for the building, eight cornerstones were sold that day, honoring deceased parents and grandparents. Several hundred bricks in the foundation were also sold as commemorative objects." (p.137)
Note on verso of photo reads from Bertha to Bea Lubin : "Dear Bea, this picture I had for a long time and thought it was goofy, but if you think this is better than nothing, you can have it. I got it made at a cheap joint on Main Street in the Mexican neighbourhood, but I still managed to reach the stars."