In Honor of Mother’s Day

Posted on May 11th, 2017 by

I get “geeked out” looking at old things, stuff, history. I could spend hours looking through the JMM’s extensive collection that includes more than 11,000 objects, 55,000 photos and thousands of boxes of archival documents that tell the stories of more than two hundred years of everyday Jewish life in Maryland.

Being that Mother’s Day will be here this weekend, I thought it would be fun to do a search through the collections, and see what kinds of cool stuff I find about mothers.

Sepiatone photograph of Ella Gutman Hutzler with her two sons, Albert D. Hutzler and Joel Hutzler c. 1898, JMM 1991.26.9

Sepiatone photograph of Ella Gutman Hutzler with her two sons, Albert D. Hutzler and Joel Hutzler c. 1898, JMM 1991.26.9

Here is an image of one of the matriarchs of the famed Hutzler family, Ella Gutman Hutzler -wife of David Hutzler. Ella Gutman Hutzler (1855-1942) was the daughter of Joel Gutman, of Joel Gutman and Co., the first downtown department store (1852) located on Eutaw Street. Hutzler Brothers Company was founded in 1858 by Abram G. Hutzler, son of German-Jewish immigrants when he took over a small shop operated by his brother in-law, Elkan Bamberger. The original store dealt mainly in laces, fine fabrics and fancy goods, the majority of which were imported from Europe.

Ruth Greensfelder Frank, JMM 2010.60.12

Ruth Greensfelder Frank, JMM 2010.60.12

This is a lovely photograph taken in 1918 of Ruth Greensfelder Frank with her daughter Carol Jean Frank as a baby. .I was struck by the beauty of the mother and the simplicity of the photograph of mother and baby. How sweet!

JCC Collection, JMM 2006.13.430

JCC Collection, JMM 2006.13.430

This black and white photograph is from the JCC Collection. The photo is taken at a desk in the lobby at the Park Heights JCC in 1972. In this shot, there is a mother, her children, a stroller, along with other people. Our records indicate that there are many unidentified people in the photo. Can we be like the Baltimore Jewish Times- Can You Identify This Picture? If so, please contact Joanna Church, the JMM’s Collections Manage. Joanna’s email – jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org

AMIT Women’s Chapter Collection, JMM 2000.128.26

AMIT Women’s Chapter Collection, JMM 2000.128.26

This little gold pendant is has the Hebrew word on it – EMA or mother. The pendant belonged to Sylvia Simmie/Sima Ziegler Schneider and was a symbol for the women’s group AMIT – American Mizrachi Women. AMIT is an American-based religious Zionist organization that was established in 1925. They first created vocational schools for religious girls in Palestine and have helped shape the educational and social welfare landscape in the State of Israel for nine decades.

Small Yellow Pin, JMM 2007.2.5

Small Yellow Pin, JMM 2007.2.5

I thought that this was so perfect for Mother’s Day! What nice Jewish kid does not want to support their own Jewish mother!

Barbara Levy Dackman, JMM 2017.6.1

Barbara Levy Dackman, JMM 2017.6.1

Finally, I could not finish this blogpost without including my own beautiful mother, Barbara Levy Dackman. Here she is posing on her wedding day (February 4, 1951), the portrait was taken by Bachrach Photographers which was founded here in Baltimore in 1868. The studio’s founder, David Bachrach, took the only photograph at Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. This painting of my mother now hangs in my brother’s home.

You can see this beautiful painting along with other things about brides, weddings and marriages starting on June 18th, at the JMM’s next original exhibition, Just Married! Wedding Stories From Jewish Maryland. The exhibit will be on display from June 18th through September 17th.

Happy Mother’s Day!

ileneA blog post by Education Director Ilene Dackman-Alon. To read more posts by Ilene click HERE.

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Happy Mother’s Day

Posted on May 10th, 2013 by

deborahA blog post by Assistant Director Deborah Cardin.

In honor of Mother’s Day, I decided to take a trip through our collections to see what kinds of things I could find that related to the topic of mothers. I started by typing in the word “mother” into our collections database. 1,087 records appeared. And with that I was off and running as I pulled up record after record of objects, photographs, and archival documents that captured an array of fascinating stories.

So what wonderful treasurers did I unearth? Many letters written from family members (usually sons) documenting travels and other important news such as engagements and births. I found one letter from “Mosie” (Moses Rosenfeld) to his mother written in July 26, 1899 (1968.22.13) and postcards from artist Reuben Kramer sent to his mother while he was traveling in Greece (1994.84.224). Some letters document sadder occasions reflected in one (1963.43.3) sent to Jacob Moses in October 1921 from the Keren Hayosod Committee offering condolences on the loss of his mother.

Mothers also show up in our art collection as the artist’s subject including works by noted Baltimore artist, Herman Maril. One painting, “My Mother’s Bread” (1955) (1989.125.1) depicts a glass of wine and loaf of challah. Another work, an ink drawing “Mistress of the House,” (1992.279.1) is of his mother Cecilia Maril Baker.  Clearly his mother was influential in his life!

[photo of lithograph – 1975.022.002 – My search also turned up a beautiful lithograph that was used as an advertisement for Vienna Yeast from around 1897 and shows a mother, father, and son gathered around the Shabbat table.]

Looking through the object records, I found many artifacts that paint a story of women’s domestic life in the early 20th century including sewing machines, dishes, and silver. They also reflect the importance of objects owned by mothers as family heirlooms such as the silver Kiddush cup brought to the US that belonged to her mother by Rose Goldberg after World War II (1988.77.1). One of the more poignant items in our collection is a tombstone from Russia and dates to around 1910 that has this inscription, “In memory of dear mother, Mrs. Yutta, daughter of Reb Pinchas Kashan, passed away on the 18th of Elul, 5667 (August 28, 1907). I’d love to learn more about the journey of this object from a western Russian cemetery to the JMM’s storage room!

Much of my time, of course, was spent looking through our photograph collection. Here are some of my favorites:

1985.046.003 – Two women standing in front of cherry blossoms in Druid Hill Park, 1953 with the inscription “mother and Irene”

1985.046.003 – Two women standing in front of cherry blossoms in Druid Hill Park, 1953 with the inscription “mother and Irene”

1987.019.038 – Phil and Ralph Levin standing with their mother

1987.019.038 – Phil and Ralph Levin standing with their mother

1988.075.009 – the Katz Family – mother is on the far right

1988.075.009 – the Katz Family – mother is on the far right

1988.12.9 – I love this photo – Miriam Rothschild her daughter Edith on a ship wearing pirate costumes

1988.12.9 – I love this photo – Miriam Rothschild her daughter Edith on a ship wearing pirate costumes

By the time I had finished (and I have to confess that I did not actually have the time to look through all 1,087 records), I felt as though I had come away with a crash course on the impact of women in the lives of Maryland Jews spanning a course of two centuries and running the gamut from birth to death. Plus a much better understanding of the breadth and variety of our collections!

To learn more about our collections, feel free to check out our free on-line database!

So to all the mothers out there, I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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Museums Love Moms!

Posted on May 6th, 2013 by

 

Tau Beta Sigma high school sorority, Baltimore Chapter, Mothers Day Affair. Gift of Dr. Virginia T. Pond, 1984.211.032

Tau Beta Sigma high school sorority, Baltimore Chapter, Mothers Day Affair. Gift of Dr. Virginia T. Pond, 1984.211.032

It’s true – we do! Check out some of these great Mom photos from our collections, and see the bottom of the post for a special Mother’s Day Gift.

1989.167.009d.

Murray C. Lehman and his mother Saidie A. May, c. 1920. Courtesy of Amalie Adler Ascher, 1989.167.009d

1992.231.148a.

JEA Mother’s Club English class with Dr. Linden at the JEA building on Baltimore Street, 1937. Gift of Jack Chandler, 1992.231.148a

1993.044.007.

Benjamin Levin and his grandmother Sophie Szold. Bachrach & Bros.; 1903. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jastrow Levin, 1993.044.007

1993.061.021a.

H. Blaustein with mother Ida. Gift of Gilbert L. Barron, 1993.61.21

2006.013.2385.

Making snacks at the JCC, April, 1981. Gift of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore.

2006.013.2394.

Parent/Infant playgroup at Park Heights JCC, November, 1979. Gift of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore, 2006.013.2394

Museums Love MomsImage captions, clockwise from top left:

1. Jacob Beser as infant, held by mother Rose, 1921-1922. Gift of Sylvia Beser, 1993.173.050.

2. Zeesla Baile Katz Rifman (mother) and Avrum K. Rifman. Gift of Ruth Rifman, 1992.040.001

3. Herman Goldman saying goodbye to his mother before shipping to Italy. Gift of Herman Goldman, 2008.021.005

4. Lena Tulkoff and her mother, Sara, in Russia, c. 1917. 1990.041.001

5. Ilene Spivak Liberman holding her beloved pet goose, Candy Kisses, in front of Brotman Meat Market and Poultry, 1119 E. Lombard Street, with her mother, Sylvia Brotman Spivack.  Gift of Ilene Liberman, 2011.047.003

6. Sophia Rose + Mother, 1986. Gift of Liz Moser, 2009.026.086

 

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