Brooklyn History Photo of the Week: Harry Kalmus

Harry Kalmus self-portrait, circa 1950, V1991.11.77.8; Harry Kalmus papers and photographs, ARC.046; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Harry Kalmus self-portrait, circa 1950, V1991.11.77.8; Harry Kalmus papers and photographs, ARC.046; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Harry Kalmus (1924-1987) was born and raised in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East New York. After serving in World War II, he returned to Brooklyn and began his career as a commercial photographer. In addition to contract work for businesses and ad agencies, Kalmus photographed weddings, bar mitzvahs, and family portraits. Kalmus’s photographs offer unique documentation of Jewish traditions in Brooklyn during the 1940s and 1950s. The Harry Kalmus papers and photographs contain more than 10,000 negatives, prints, and slides, many of which are digitized and available in the BHS Othmer Library image database.

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5 Responses to Brooklyn History Photo of the Week: Harry Kalmus

  1. Frana Kalmus Baruch says:

    Hi Julie – I was fishing around Google and I found your post – I am Harry Kalmus’s daughter – I donated the archive to The Brooklyn Historical Society – I am thrilled that you are interested and would be willing to answer any questions you have.

  2. Julie says:

    Betsy,
    I would love to hear more about Mr. Kalmus and his family!

  3. Julie says:

    The Concierge,
    Sorry to respond so late — the East New York Renaissance blog is now in our blog roll. Thanks for pointing that out.

  4. Betsy says:

    Harry lived around the corner from my family when i was a kid in East New York. In fact he did the photos from my brother’s bar mitzvah in 1955.

  5. Nice article. In this article you mention East New York, but why isn’t East New York listed in the Brooklyn Historical Society’s BlogRoll?

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