Fonds F 4372
13 centimetres of textual records
95 photographs : black and white prints
116 photographs : black and white negatives
72 photographs : colour slides
8 photographs : colour prints
3 photographs : photomechanical reproductions
39 photographs : black and white prints on 3 contact sheets
1 reel of motion picture film : colour ; 8 mm
1 audio cassette (ca. 30 minutes)
Fonds consists of records created and accumulated by Salomon (Sal) Chernia, which document his career teaching people with physical disabilities how to drive in Ontario. Records relate to his role as a driving instructor and owner of his own driving school. Records also document Chernia's expertise in modifying cars to accommodate people with physical disabilities.
Fonds contains correspondence to and from Chernia, newspaper articles, certificates, price lists for specialized equipment, reference material, a sound recording, a film reel, and photographs collected and taken by Chernia.
Photographs depict students that Chernia taught, hand controls and other specialized driving equipment. Photographs also depict Chernia’s exhibition booth for his driving school at tradeshows.
The film reel titled "Driving" relates to the driving school that was operated by Chernia in Toronto.
The audio cassette tape was created by Mr. Chernia and was used in teaching driving courses titled "Standard Gear", "Advanced Left Turn", and "Following Too Close".
Salomon (Sal) Chernia (1917-1988) was originally from Denmark but moved to Mississauga, Ontario in 1956. Sal taught handicapped people in Ontario how to drive and modified cars for people with disabilities in the 1960s and 1970s.
Click on the link(s) below for more information.Chernia, Salomon, 1917-1988
Some of the newspaper clippings are a little brittle and are turning brown but are still legible.
No further accruals are expected.
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