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Collection TitleCL 129 Markson Family PapersCreatorBooth Library
Processed BySue Rogan
Date Completed:April 2010
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by the Estate of Maxine Markson in 2004.
Terms:Elmira (N.Y.); Small business
Historical:Leon Markson-Leon Markson was born in Elmira on September 21, 1894.  He was the son of Benjamin Markson, founder of the B. Markson & Son, a men's clothing store located at 147 West Water Street.  Leon Markson took over the running of the store in 1915.  In 1950, the store moved to 225-227 West Water Street.  There were also branch stores located in Elmira Heights, Dundee, Mansfield and Wellsboro.  Leon Markson sold the business when he retired in 1979.  In addition to the store, Markson was involved in local Democratic Party politics and wrote a column, "This Town We Live In," for the local paper.  He died January 23, 1987 and was survived by his wife, Maxine Saymon Markson (1910-1999). 
Scope:The Markson Family Papers include photographs of Markson's stores and employees, 1918-1979; Leon Markson's school papers, 1911-12; scrapbooks of Leon Markson's column "This Town We Live In," 1950-1980. 
Extent2 Linear Feet
Date Span1911-1987
AbstractThis collection contains photographs of the Markson's stores, Leon Markson's school papers and scrapbooks related to the Markson Family.   

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Political flyer - Vote Leon Markson for Elmira Mayor, Liberal Party candidate, ca. 1950s.Flyer010101
Case summary of Bacorn v. State Of New York, December 21, 1959.Document 010102
(2) Photographs of Leon Markson and City Club members. (copies)Photographs010103
Photograph - Elmira Free Academy (EFA) Class of 1912 with Leon Markson.Photograph010201
Program - Elmira Free Academy Annual Alumni Meeting and Prize Oratory and Essay Contest, No.2 School Auditorium, May 29,1912.Program010301
Essay - A Militant Sufragette by Leon Markson, 1911. Manuscript010302
Magazine - Vindex, Elmira Free Academy student paper, December 1911. Magazine010303
Certificate of membership in the Imperial Council of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles Mystic Shrine of North America, Kalurah Temple of Binghamton, New York, for Leon Markson, June 30, 1920.Certificate 010401
(3) Photos of B. Markson & Sons store, front and rear, foot of Main Street Bridge, circa 1920.Photographs010501
(7) Photographs of the Markson Mens & Boys Wear, 225 West Water Street, ca. 1950s.Photographs010601
(6) Photographs of Markson-Roberts Mens & Boys Wear, Dundee, New York; store front, 1939; Markson's uniform department and Dundee Police, 1939; Thanksgiving display, 1970; store interior, 1974.Photographs010701
(3) Photographs of the Markson's store front, Mansfield, PA, 1938.Photographs010801
Photograph of Markson's store front, Wellsboro, PA, ca. 1950s.Photograph010901
(3) Photographs of Markson's Discount Store, Elmira Height: exterior, ca. 1950s; interior, 1974.Photographs011001
(4) Engraving plates used in newspaper advetising for the Markson's stores, c. 1921.Engraving Plates011101
Newspaper articles and advertisments for Markson's store, 1918-1971.Newspaper Clippings011201
(4) Photographs of Water Street and Markson's Mens Clothing Store, Flood of 1946.Photographs011301
(10) Photographs of Markson's Store exterior, 225-227 West Water Street, after the June 1972 flood.Photographs011401
(15) Photographs of damage to the interior of Markson's Store, 225-227 West Water Street, after the June 1972 flood.Photographs011402
(2) photographs of the cleanup from flood damage at Markson's Store, June 24, 1972.Photographs011501
(3) Photographs of the Markson Store cleanup from flood damage, July 10, 1972.Photographs011601
(15) Photographs of a fire 147 West Water Street, April 12, 1973.Photographs011701
(5) Photographs of the construction of flood walls behind Markson's old and new stores, 147 and 225-227 West Water Street, April 12, 1948. (with negatives)Photographs011801
(10) Photographs of Markson's Store employees: Mr. Steen, Mrs. Love, Mr. Baker, Mr. Camry, Dick Brewer, Mr. Howiham, Tommy Reid, Mr. Boyd & Mildred Cobb.Photographs011901
Markson Family photograps: Leon Markson; Welling Burt, Jim Thomas & Larry Breese at Elmira store; dinner for Leon Markson, 1965; opening of Markson's store at 225-227 West Water, 1950; big and tall store opening, April 24, 1971; Robert Wagner, James McLaughlin & Leon Markson in Puerto Rico, 1958.Photographs011902
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