Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | July 2, 2016

Photograph of the Week. Julius Resnick (Canada) Limited, Cornwall.

scan0019 Julius Resnick, “Cornwall’s handbag industry” came to Cornwall in 1963 from the U.S.

1963-09_Lab-Displ-at-Loblaws_webThe Resnick booth is visible at the right edge of this September 1963 labour display at the Loblaws store.

In 1971 the “Standard-Freeholder” reported that “Handbag Firm Sales Are Steady.”

The market for women’s handbags remained steady last year and Marven Silverstein, plant manager of Julius Resnick (Canada) Ltd., expects 1971 to be even better.

The plant established in 1963 and located on Saunders Drive in the city’s west end, manufactures several lines of women’s handbags in a variety of price ranges.

All of he firm’s products are marketed from coast to coast under the plant’s name.

Many materials are used in the manufacture of handbags but the most popular line continues to be vinyl Mr. Silverstein noted.

The firm presently employs about 125 people, this is slightly up from last years figures of 100.


Julius Resnick, Corwnall, 1969.  The photograph was taken by Carl Malcolm.scan0021

This photograph does not have a caption, but I am going to guess that this is plant manager Marven Silverstein.

If I have interpreted the records correctly the firm closed in 1986 and became BMR Handbags which dissolved in 1995.

This is an example of photographs in the archives of the Cornwall Community Museum regarding Cornwall’s industrial past.


Harry Blitstein recently passed:  LINK

A Julius Resnick purse was donated to the Museum; please follow this LINK to see it.

The Blitstein family made a memorial donation on honour of Harry. LINK

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