Back in October, folklorist Terra Barrett and I rushed down the street to prevent an old shop sign from being sent to the local landfill. That opened up a flood of stories and memories, and we are pleased that the sign will eventually be displayed at The Rooms here in St. John's. If you missed the story, you can read about it here:
- Hidden Piece Of St. John’s Jewish History Saved From The Dump
- Hidden sign reveals history of influential Jewish couple in St. John's
- It means an awful lot': Family members thrilled at uncovering of Ferman sign
- Newfoundlander and Holocaust survivors' son reunite in Toronto
I figured it would be a good time to give a bit of an update, and share a couple more photos.
First, the sign itself:
It might not look like much at the moment, but this is the first part of the restoration project underway at The Rooms by their talented conservators. Here, the sign has been tented with plastic and rehydration is taking place to allow the paint to relax so that it can be reattached. Thanks to Maureen Peters for sharing the photo with us.
Next up, an old photo, sent to us by grandson Michael Ferman. He writes, "While the image quality is poor, the photo clearly shows the original sign, and I would suspect it is most likely Lewis Ferman in the photo due to his signature of the back."
I'm still collecting memories and photographs, so if you have something to share about the Fermans, or about any of the other Jewish merchants in St. John's or throughout the province, you can get in touch with me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1-888-739-1892 x2.