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Mayer Family Photograph Collection

From 1908 until 1957, the Mayer family lived at 1824 Pendleton Street in Columbia, S.C. Their family photographs are in the Walker Local and Family History Center, and now a sample is online below.

The Mayer family included Monroe Mayer Sr. (1872 – 1957), his wife, Flora S. Mayer (1878 – 1947), and their two sons, Irving (1913 -2004) and Monroe Jr. (1923 – 1987). Monroe Mayer, Sr. was born in Albany, Ga. but 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.

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.