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B S Sidline & Co

(Kobe Japan)

B S Sidline & Co produced the catalogue illustrated below, which appears to show pre war Japanese trains manufactured by Seki. There are various online interviews with and references to George Sidline, who refers to his father Boris as a Latvian running a shop and import/export business in Kobe, Japan, before, during and following WWII. How many B Sidlines were living in Kobe at that time, running an import/export business? None of the online references mention electric trains, but almost certainly the same family.

Boris Sidline fled the Bolshevik Revolution in 1918, and settled in Kobe, a port city near Osaka in Japan. He married his wife Fania (originally from Lithuania) in Kobe in 1928, and raised two sons, Alexander and George, the family emigrating from Japan to Canada in 1954.


B S Sidline & Co catalogue, believed to be 1935

B S Sidline & Co catalogue, believed to be 1935

B S Sidline & Co catalogue, believed to be 1935

B S Sidline & Co catalogue, believed to be 1935

B S Sidline & Co catalogue, believed to be 1935

B S Sidline & Co catalogue, believed to be 1935

B S Sidline & Co catalogue, believed to be 1935

B S Sidline & Co catalogue, believed to be 1935

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