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Hook Signs fonds

1919-1980, predominant 1929-1975

Physical Description:
5 m of textual records. -- 1372 photographs

Hook Signs Ltd., a sign painting and outdoor advertising company, was founded by Clyde A. Hook in 1912 in Edmonton. The company sold signs and outdoor advertising in Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge and many small southern Alberta towns. Hook was president and manager of the company until 1935. His sons, Watson and Arthur D., later became directors and officers of the company. Other influential officers were Maurice L. Brown, William Muir, and Morris J. Proskow. A number of the company's officers were active in the Poster Advertising Association of Canada. Hook Signs Ltd. grew to the extent that by the late 1930s its posters and bulletins were being produced nationally as well as locally. It also opened companies in other centres. Hook Signs (Calgary) Ltd. was established in 1932 when Hook Signs Ltd. purchased Ernest Willis Ltd. Hook Signs Ltd. also bought City Sign Works and Lethbridge Posting Company from Robert Barrowman in 1944, thereby establishing Hook Signs (Lethbridge) Ltd. Hook Signs (Lethbridge) Ltd. bought Honald Signs Ltd., Medicine Hat from Leo Handerek in 1972. Hook Signs (Calgary) Ltd. and Hook Signs Ltd. amalgamated in 1979 forming Hook Outdoor Advertising Ltd. In 1980, it became part of the Jim Pattison Group (Vancouver). In 1998 the company changed its name to Pattison.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of memorandum of association, minutes, correspondence with clients and other advertising bodies, financial records, and legal agreements of the Hook Signs companies. Also includes extensive photos of billboards and wall signs which were proof of performance of work carried out in Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge and many southern Alberta towns.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Hook Outdoor Advertising Ltd., 1989.

The material is in English.

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-8046, NB-55, PB-798, NA-4072

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