The Mayer Family Photographs collection consists of photographs of members of the Mayer family who lived in Columbia throughout the twentieth century, along with various friends and acquaintances of the family. The Mayer family photograph collection was donated to Richland Library by Julian Hennig (1922–2006). Mr. Hennig was a lifelong friend of Monroe Mayer Jr., who died in Columbia in 1987.
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About the Mayer Family
From 1908 until 1957, the Mayer family lived at 1824 Pendleton Street in Columbia, S.C. The Mayer family included Monroe Mayer Sr. (1872–1957), his wife, Flora Steinheimer Mayer (1878–1947), and their two sons, Irving Mayer (1913-2004) and Monroe Mayer Jr. (1923–1987). Monroe Mayer, Sr. was born in Albany, Georgia, and he moved to Columbia in 1900. He worked for Pinkussohn Cigar Company and later Gayden Brothers Cigar Company. Flora was born in Atlanta to Isaac and Sophia Steinheimer. She taught in public schools before she married and moved to Columbia in 1908. The Mayers were active early members of the Tree of Life Synagogue.
Others in the photographs include the Hennig and Strasburger families and African-American nannies. The collection also includes nineteenth-century Atlanta studio photographs from the Steinheimer family and later photographs of the children of Irving and Monroe, Jr.
Sources about the family
Obituaries for the Mayer family members consulted for this research are:
- Mrs. Monroe Mayer, Sr. The State, Oct 8, 1947 p5A.
- Monroe Mayer, Sr. The State, May 3, 1957 p10.
- Monroe Mayer Jr. The State, Feb 3, 1987 p6A.
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