Posted on November 19th, 2014 by Rachel
On Thursday, November 13, the JMM was privileged to host a special event honoring Vivienne Shub, a true icon of Jewish Baltimore. A talented actor who passed away in September at the age of 95, Vivienne left her mark as a member of the companies of many of Baltimore’s most well known theaters including Vagabond Theater, Center Stage (which she helped create) and Everyman Theater. In addition she was a beloved acting teacher at both Goucher College and Towson University.
Vivienne Shub performing.
I first learned about Vivenne Shub and her impact on our community when she was featured in a 2004 exhibit held at the JMM Weaving Women’s Words, that was created by the Jewish Women’s Archives. This exhibit highlighted many extraordinary Baltimore Jewish women through photographic portraits, oral history interviews and contemporary artwork. Even among this group of powerful and amazing women, the section devoted to Vivienne stood out and it was a true honor meeting her at the exhibit’s opening. (You can learn more about Vivienne’s life at the JWA website as well as through a recent Jewish Times article.)
Dan Shub speaks about his mothether (pictured here with her late husband).
The evening featured members of Vivienne’s family and close friends who shared fond memories of her. Speakers included Vivienne’s sister, Naomi Greenberg-Slovin, who shared an especially close relationship with her sister as well as a love and passion for the theater; her children, Dan Shub and Judith Shub-Condliffe; and Ralph Piersanti who recalled the early days of Center Stage when it was housed at the JCC. Award-winning filmmaker, Steve Yeager, presented a clip from a video he shot of Vivienne performing as Etta Cone in the Cone Sister of Baltimore at the BMA.
Ralph Piersanti and Steve Yeager
In addition to the tribute, JMM staff created a lobby display featuring photographs and other theatrical memorabilia from our collections as well as from her family. The display will remain on view through the end of the month.
Yearbook photo of Vivienne Shub from her days at Forest Park High School (on display).
The JMM is so grateful to Harriet Lynn and the members of Vivienne’s family for presenting us with the opportunity to take part in such a special program.
A blog post by Assistant Director Deborah Cardin. To read more posts from Deborah click HERE.
Posted on November 18th, 2014 by Rachel
The Baltimore Jewish Times publishes unidentified photographs from the collection of Jewish Museum of Maryland each week. If you can identify anyone in these photos and more information about them, contact Joanna Church at 410.732.6400 x236 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times: March 14, 2014
PastPerfect Accession #: 1995.189.636
Status: Partially Identified! Associated Super Phone Day Steering Committee. Front (L-R): 1. Paula M. Singer 2. Jay Lenro 3. Esta Alliker 4. Joel Wohl Back (L-R): 1. unidentified 2. unidentified 3. Susan Grilli 4. Geoff Kroll 5. Besty Narrow 6. unidentified 7. Lee Mintz (?) 8. Toni Greenberg 9. Steven Summer 10. unidentified
Special Thanks To: Fritizi Hallock, Michelle Gordon, Betsy Narrow
Posted on November 17th, 2014 by Rachel
Today we have two pieces from a larger set of porcelain dinnerware, owned by the Hutzler family of Baltimore.
Sauce boat (JMM 1995.137.001) and dessert plate (JMM 1993.161.001), circa 1878.
We have a sauce boat, with molded (attached) underplate, 9 inches long; and a dessert plate, 8.5 inches in diameter. The decoration manages to be both elaborate and – at least compared to some other examples of late 19th century French porcelain – fairly restrained: the pink is bright and the morning glories are plentiful, but the gilding is kept to a minimum, and the entwined initials (off to the side on the plate, and on one end of the boat) are relatively subtle. Both pieces are marked on the reverse with the cartouche of Adolphe Hache & Pepin LeHalleur of Vierzon and Paris, France. Hache & LeHalleur, a porcelain decorating firm, exhibited at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, and won a Gold Medal at the 1878 Paris Exposition. (That 1878 award was proudly added to the maker’s mark, as you can see from the photo below.)
The reverse of the dessert plate: “1878 Méd.e D’or [Médaille D’or (Gold Medal)] Paris / Ad. Hache & Pepin LeHalleur / Vierzon [and] Paris”
The custom initials on each piece, an H flanked by a D and an E, stand for David and Ella Hutzler, the original owners of the full dinnerware set. In 1874, David Hutzler (1843-1915), one of the three brothers who founded Baltimore’s Hutzler Bros. high-end department store, married Ella Joline Gutman (1855-1942), daughter of Joel Gutman, who owned a neighboring high-end shop.
According to family stories, “Grandfather Hutzler” (David) commissioned the full dinnerware set “at the Paris Exposition.” But which Paris Exposition? The maker’s mark dates from between 1878, when Hache & LeHalleur won their award, to 1889, when the firm’s name (and mark) changed. That gives us the 1878 and 1889 options to choose from, and I lean toward the 1878 Paris World’s Fair or Exposition as the origin of our dinnerware set. Something sold directly at the Exposition would not have that “We won an award!” mark on it already (unless the firm was very confident, I suppose), but it makes sense that porcelain custom-ordered at the fair, then manufactured afterward, would include mention of the maker’s just-awarded Gold Medal.
A close-up view of the decorations on each piece, including the elaborately entwined initials.
A side note on the color: Today, we tend to associate pink so closely with femininity and girlishness that it’s easy to apply those same attributes to antique pink… but we shouldn’t necessarily do so. Not only was pink an entirely appropriate color for boys until the early 20th century, but this particular shade of “French pink,” introduced by Sevres in the mid-18th century, was a very popular ground color for china and porcelain. The Hutzlers showed good taste in acquiring a fashionable, expensive, and custom-made set, and no doubt they enjoyed serving family and friends from their French porcelain.
After Ella died in 1942, her children made an inventory of the family home on Eutaw Place in order to appropriately distribute their parents’ belongings. A “pink Limoges set of china” – almost certainly the set from which these pieces originated – was listed next to son Albert’s name; the set was likely divided up further and given to the younger generations as time passed. Our dessert plate was donated by Albert’s daughter, Caroline Hutzler Bernstein; the gravy boat came to us from Patsy Perlman, one of David and Ella’s great-granddaughters through their daughter Cora.
Though we don’t have the full set (no pink-china dinner party vignettes for our museum, alas!) these two pieces help us illustrate a variety of stories, from Baltimore residents’ access to European fine goods, to a well-to-do couple’s use and display of said goods, to the way a family deals with a deceased parent’s estate. When browsing my “blog post potential” list today the dessert plate caught my eye, thanks to its charming decorations; but when you look closer, there’s much more to it than just what’s on the surface.
A blog post by Collections Manager Joanna Church. To read more posts from Joanna click HERE. To read even more posts about our collections click HERE.