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Taylor Signs Ltd. fonds


Physical Description:
40 cm of textual records. -- 43 photographs

Taylor Sign Works was established in 1900 by George Lawton Taylor, an Englishman who had arrived in Calgary, Alberta in 1896. He and his wife had three children, Ernest, Elsie and Enid. The first workshop was above the Cooperative Store on 8th Avenue SE, next to the Burns Building. In about 1910 or 1911 the Taylors built a house at 505 - 8th Street SW, and the shop was moved to the back of the house. When G.L. Taylor retired in 1947 his son Ernest purchased the company. Bill Shaw and Lloyd Traptow, 1931-2014, began as sign painting apprentices with the firm in 1946 and 1947 respectively. They purchased the business from Ernie Taylor in 1968. The company was incorporated in 1973 under the name Taylor Signs Ltd. It specializes in hand-lettering, screen printing and sandblasted signs, for hotels, restaurants, theatres, stores and other businesses.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of designs and sketches, samples, pricelists, cashbook (photocopy only), photographs of signs and buildings, and catalogues. Includes some personal papers of George and Ernest Taylor.
SKETCHES OF SIGNS FOR THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES ARE IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS AND A MORE COMPREHENSIVE LIST: Alexander News Stand, Calgary Clothing Co., Canadian Fairbanks Morse Co., Carlton Cafe, Grunwald Hotel, King George Hotel, Matthew's Music House, Ruth Beautifiers, Strand Cigar Store, and White House Ice Cream Parlour.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Taylor Signs, Miss Elsie Taylor, and Mr. and Mrs. E. Taylor, 1964-1996.

The material is in English.

Originals and Reproductions:
The original cashbook is held by Lloyd Traptow.

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-1596, M-1212, M-1213, M-3149, M-4776, PA-2009, PA-2019, PA-2086, PB-495, PB-512, PC-172, NA-3795, NA-5573, AR-8

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