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Michael and Elliott Zayon collection


Held at: Historical Society of Pennsylvania [Contact Us]1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Michael Zayon was born in Philadelphia in 1914. He served during World War II with the 4th Armored Division in Europe. In Philadelphia, he was a member of the Bureau for Fire Corps of the U.S. Citizens Defense Corps. He died in 2009, survived by his wife Edith (Fisher) Zayon, who died in 2011, son Elliott Zayon, and other close family members.

This collection contains two groups of items: those collected by Michael Zayon (Series I) and those collected by his son Elliott (Series II). Some of the items from Michael Zayon reflect his time in Europe, particularly France, during World War II. Some of the items collected by Elliott Zayon, mainly publications, pay homage to the World War II era, while others represent regional and American history more generally.

The Michael Zayon series includes published items, such as The Fourth Armored Division by Captain Kenneth Koyen and Jewish Holy Scriptures, a book for Jewish members of the U. S. Army that he salvaged from a French synagogue that the Germans had destroyed. Another book he rescued from a war-torn France is Le Guide du Croyant Israèlites, recueil de prières, hymes et mèditations, which literaly translates to "The Guide for Believing Israelites: a collection of prayers, hymns, and meditations." This book was published in 1857 and is in French. Other items in this series include copies of German and French money, a member card for the Bureau of Fire Corps, and an issue of The Flame, the newsletter of the City Firemen’s Protective Association of Philadelphia.

The Elliott Zayon series contains a variety of items, from a 1912 Philadelphia water rent bill to pages from the 18 August 1945 issues of the Paterson Evening News from Paterson, New Jersey. Other materials include a copy of Up Front, published in 1946 and authored by cartoonist Bill Mauldin; 3 issues of Yank: The Army Weekly from 1943-1945; Manuals of the City Council of Philadelphia from 1920 and 1928; an 1879 annual report of the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Philadelphia Fire Company; a 1919 compilation of rotogravure images entitled The War of Nations, and two duplicate photographs of an unidentified band.

Accession number 2011.048.

Gift of Elliott Zayon, 2011.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Cary Majewicz
Finding Aid Date
; 2011
Processing made possible by a generous donation by Elliott Zayon.
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Collection Inventory

Bureau of Fire Corps membership card, (1942).
Box 1 Folder 1
Jewish Holy Scriptures, (1942).
Box 1 Folder 2
French and German money [original and copies], (circa 1944).
Box 1 Folder 3
The Flame, newsletter of the City Firemen's Protective Association of Philadelphia, (July 1945).
Box 1 Folder 4
Le Guide du Croyant Israèlites, recueil de prières, hymes et mèditations, (1857).
Volume 1
Fourth Armed Division, (1946).
Volume 2

Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly magazine, (April 1881).
Box 1 Folder 5
Bureau of Water Rents, Philadelphia, bill, (1912).
Box 1 Folder 6
Manuals of Council, Philadelphia, (1920, 1928).
Box 1 Folder 7
Photograph [2 copies] of an unidentified band by Wexler, (undated).
Box 1 Folder 8
City of Philadelphia loan certificate to Anthracite Insurance Company, (1866).
Oversize 1
Issues of Yank: The Army Weekly, (17 September 1943, 15 December 1944, 12 January 1945).
Oversize 1
Paterson Evening News, (18 August 1945).
Oversize 1
Annual report of the board of fire commissioners of the Philadelphia Fire Company, (1879).
Volume 3
The War of Nations portfolio, (1919).
Volume 4
Up Front, (1945).
Volume 5

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