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Mickey's team, 1956 & 1957.

Group portrait of a boy's hockey team. Not clear whether "Mickey" is in the photograph, or is a supporter of this team.

Byers, Harry J.

Byers, Jim and Shirley : photograph.

One snapshot of Jim and Shirley Byers, children of Harry and Violet Byers. Verso reads " Jim 4 yrs & Shirley 3 yrs. Jim Jan 20/1942 Shirley April 3/1943. Harry & Violet Byers (parents)."

Up north, June 1944.

Snapshot of an unidentified woman, seated with a view of a lake behind her.

Byers, Harry J.

May 28, 1944.

Snapshot of Harry Byers and an unidentified child, with a tree, automobile and barn in the background.

Byers, Harry J.

May 28, 1944.

Snapshot of 4 unidentified children and 1 unidentified woman sitting on the back of a pickup truck, with a barn in the background.

Byers, Harry J.

Passport, Canadian.

Contains 1 Canadian Passport belonging to Harry John Byers and his four children. Includes a photograph of Harry Byers holding his infant, Shirley Marie Byers. The passport was valid for the United States of America, was issued on August 3, 1943, and expired on August 3, 1945.

Byers, Harry J.

Mother, Ted and Warren.

Snapshot of Caroline Byers (nee Graul), Fred Byers and Warren Byers, standing in front of a house numbered 502.

Byers, Harry J.

Clark on horseback.

Snapshot of an Clark on horseback with [Harry Byers?] visible in the background.

Byers, Harry J.

Mother, Marge, and Warren.

Photograph of Caroline Byers (nee Graul), Marge Byers (nee Landwehr), and Warren, standing in a backyard.

Byers, Harry J.

Unidentified men.

Snapshot of Sam D. Bawman (centre) with two unidentified men standing on a sidewalk in a residential neighbourhood.

Byers, Harry J.

May 27th, 1937.

Snapshot of Caroline Byers (nee Graul) with and an unidentified man and woman posing in a garden.

Byers, Harry J.

Thelma & Don, taken February, 1932.

Snapshot of individuals identified on verso of photograph as Thelma [Boyers] and Don. They are standing on a sidewalk in a residential area.

Byers, Harry J.

Hamburg-Amerika Linie farewell dinner programme.

One programme for a farewell dinner aboard the S.S. New York of the Hamburg-Amerika Line held Thursday, October 15, 1931. The programme lists the menu and musical entertainment and has been signed by others on the ship.

Hamburg-Amerika Linie

Sam D. and Jackie Bawman.

Snapshot of Sam D. and Jackie Bawman standing in front of the Bawman home. Caption on verso reads: "Sunday May 8 - 1931 coming home from church some fine pair eh."

Byers, Harry J.

Postcard : Russian worker.

One postcard with Cyrillic writing on the front and an image of a draftsman working at a desk. Verso reads "Hello Jack, well we have been home for the last 4 days and it is sure H-. Leaving today for Valavodstok [Vladivostok?]. Had one hell of a trip on the train also had a wreck but they did not shoot the engineer. Best Regards, Kelly.

Jackie Bawman holding a parasol.

Snapshot of Jackie Bawman holding a parasol, standing in a yard with a house behind her. Caption on verso reads: "To [sic] bad she moved in this picture April 16, 1931."

Byers, Harry J.

Harry Byers holding a chicken in front of a portrait studio backdrop.

Consists of 2 portraits of Harry Byers holding a chicken in front of a backdrop in a Russian portrait studio. One of the portraits has a letter on the verso that reads: "Dear Old Pap. I've done gone Native. I look like Hell. But I'm feeling good. If all goes well with this god dam food. I'll stick my time you can bet on that. But when we dine, then I'll get fat. April 1, 1931 - USSR."

Byers, Harry J.

Byers, Harry J. and group : photograph.

One snapshot of Harry J. Byers with a group of unidentified other men. Verso reads "Xmas Day [Verblude]. Harry Byers - instructor in Siberia."

Byers, Harry J.

Nikolskoye Nov. 20, 1930.

File consists of 1 snapshot of [Harry Byers' wife Violet] lying in a hotel room bed. Caption on the verso reads: "Nikolskoye Nov. 20, 1930. Sweet Suite Patient: My girl was real sick this day, taken in our room at Hotel."

Byers, Harry J.

Nov. 20, 1930 : Nikolsk, U.S.S.R.

Snapshot of Harry Byers (at right) with an unidentified man, standing at the altar in a church in Russia. Taken in the city of Nikolsk (Ussuriysk)

Byers, Harry J.

Nikolskoye Nov. 20, 1930.

File consists of 1 portrait of Harry Byers and an unidentified man posing in a studio prop of an automobile. Byers is drinking something from a bottle. Caption on the verso reads: "Nikolskoye Nov. 20: 30. Holy smokes here we come 2 the 4 Horseman give us room. Now if I only had our radiator cap - I'd show you some speed. My American friend with me."

Byers, Harry J.

November 19, 1930 : Nikolsk far east.

Snapshot of the interior of a church with a service in progress. Includes Harry Byers (second from right), two children and an unidentified men at an altar. Photo taken in Nikolsk (Ussuriysk)

Byers, Harry J.

Vladivostok, Oct. 30, 1930.

Snapshot of Violet and Harry Byers (center) with an unidentified man and woman standing on a dock in a harbour with a ship behind them.

Byers, Harry J.

Postcard : Les rivales.

One postcard with the painting "rivals" by Nikolay Kasatkin. Verso reads "Dear Mother, May 13, this picture is so real I just had to send it. It looks just exactly like the village we lived in the far east & the women are just almost real. I'm feeling better mother, will be moving again in about 2 weeks. Violie will write in a few days. We send love. H &V" The letter is addressed to Mrs. Albert Scherbarth, West Monkton, Ontario, Canada.

Group of people in the Court of the Little Theatre.

Informal group portrait of 7 unidentified individuals sitting by a fountain in a court. Caption on verso reads: "Note your big sis taken in the Court of the Little Theatre first of its kind in America and in the Old French Quarters a beautiful court, April 19 - 1930."

Byers, Harry J.

Clark, Vivian and Dad, April 14 1930.

Snapshot of John Boyers and Clark, standing in front of a large brick building, with Vivian standing in the background, under one of the building's balconies.

Byers, Harry J.

My sweetie.

Snapshot of Harry Byers leaning on an SAS [Sweeney Automobile School] airplane.

Byers, Harry J.

One Russian, three Americans.

Snapshot of Harry Byers (at left), 1 unidentified woman, and 2 unidentified men, at a dinner table with bread and wine on it.

Byers, Harry J.

Diary.

Diary maintained by Harry J. Byers during his time in Russia from 1930-1931. The diary is titled "Mile stones a five year diary", is ring-bound, and has ca. 202 one-sided leaves, with two days per leaf. The diary includes daily entries detailing general activities, conditions in Russia, places Harry and Violie Byers stayed, meals, sickness and health, agricultural details, how the Grain Trust Russian Five Year Plan was going, details of social activities and events, notes from friends, lists of books read while in Russia, and lists of names and addresses of acquaintances. Some entries are written by Harry's wife violet and a few include words in Russian.

Printing plate.

One printing plate used in the Kitchener-Waterloo Record of St. Basil's Cathedral.

Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Unidentified child on chair.

Snapshot of a young girl sitting in a chair on a sidewalk in a residential neighbourhood holding a doll.

Byers, Harry J.

Aerial farmscape.

Snapshot of an aerial view of farmland, possibly in Russia. Outbuildings, people and large farm machinery visible.

Byers, Harry J.

Byers family and carriage snapshot.

Snapshot showing members of the Byers family standing next to Fred and Marge Byers (nee Landwehr) seated in a horse drawn carriage.

From left to right: Andrew Byers, Caroline Byers (nee Graul), unidentifed [sister?], unidentified child, Fred Byers, Marge Byers.

Byers, Harry J.

Tiflis.

Snapshot of a busy square with large buildings, and a fortification on a hill in the background. Shows the city of Tiflis (Tbilisi).

Byers, Harry J.

Unidentified child on horse.

Snapshot of an unidentified child crying while sitting on a horse in what appears to be a residential neighbourhood.

Byers, Harry J.

Unidentified woman on horseback.

Snapshot of an unidentified woman sitting on a horse surrounded by four small children. The woman is possibly in a residential setting.

Byers, Harry J.

Clipping.

One clipping from the Kitchener-Waterloo Record advertising a talk to be given by Harry J. Byers on his time in Russia.

Valentine card.

One die cut valentine card of a woman holding a suitcase reading "ay ban gude girrul wit lotsa it, yu betcha."

Byers, Harry J. and Violet : photograph.

One snapshot of Harry J. Byers and Violet used for their passport. Verso reads "This is our pass port picture, I was sore at the bird who snapped this. Funny looking out fit. Vi looks funnier than me. Don't tell her I told you. PS Look at my chin. 1930"

Postcard : cooperation holiday in the country.

One postcard of a cooperation holiday in the country. Image shows a painting of coloured print of a celebration with people gathered outside with signs and what appears to be a picture of Lenin. Verso is blank.

Tiflis.

Snapshot of a street in Tiflis (Tbilisi).

Byers, Harry J.

We are ready for scuffeling now.

Snapshot of an unidentified woman on a horse hitched to a plough, with another unidentified woman holding the plough. There is a barn and farmland in the background.

Byers, Harry J.

Farmland.

Snapshot of farmland with farm machinery in the foreground and buildings in the background.

Byers, Harry J.

Unidentified men in doorway.

Snapshot of two unidentified men standing in the doorway of a home. One man is offering a glass of an unidentified liquid to the other. Both are wearing aprons.

Byers, Harry J.

Diary.

Contains a photocopy of Harry Byers' diary from 1930-1931, while in Russia. The diary is titled "Mile stones a five year diary", is ring-bound, and has ca. 202 one-sided leaves, with two days per leaf. The diary includes daily entries detailing general activities, conditions in Russia, places Harry and hist wife Violet Byers stayed, meals, sickness and health, agricultural details, how the Grain Trust Russian Five Year Plan was going, details of social activities and events, notes from friends, lists of books read while in Russia, and lists of names and addresses of acquaintances. Byers mentions Violie quite often, and some entries are written by her.

Byers, Harry J.

Loose photographs.

File consist of loose photographs of Harry Byers with family, friends and colleagues during his time as a mechanic in the United States and in Russia.

Byers, Harry J.

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