Fonds - Grafton & Co. Ltd.

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Grafton & Co. Ltd.

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  • 1853 - 1976 (Creation)
    Grafton & Co. Ltd.

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6 cm of textual material.
44 b&w photographs.

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Grafton & Co. Ltd. was a clothing manufacturer located in Dundas. It was established in May 1853 when James Beatty Grafton and his business partner, Andrew V. Gregson, established Gregson & Grafton, a small dry goods and millinery shop on the corner of King and Ogilvie in Dundas. In 1858, Mr. Gregson retired from the business and the Grafton/Gregson partnership was dissolved. Later the same year, James and his brother, John Stewart Grafton, formed a partnership, and the company of Grafton & Co. Ltd. was born a year later when James’ son, James J., joined the company. The company prospered commercially in the 1800s. Grafton brothers purchased the adjacent property in 1887 and they built the three-storey brick building on the corner of King and Main streets in Dundas. By 1900, Grafton and Company had expanded to further locations in Hamilton, Brantford, London, Peterborough and Owen Sound, with a sixth location opening in Woodstock in 1905. The company always had the most modern equipment to handle clothing products from manufacturing to shipping to retail. By 1967, Grafton and Company had merged with the Jack Fraser Stores, which provided the company with 85 store locations across Canada. But business at the Dundas Grafton's store declined and, by 1976, had ceased business.

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The fonds consists of correspondence concerning the 90th anniversary of the company regarding the draft history entitled "1853 -- 90 Years of Progress -- 1943" pertaining to Grafton & Co. Ltd. office in Dundas. In addition there is administrative records, particular order forms and promotional material. The donation also consists of photographs of employees, interior of the mailroom, offices, and manufacturing plant, as well as an illuminated text from the employees to the Mr. James B. Grafton on the occasion of the company's 50th anniversary.

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Some of the b&w photographs have been prepared for lithography (paint and ink added to define the content of the image). The "Sure I'm Sick of the War!" promotional poster is torn in the upper middle.

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Original order of correspondence was changed to chronological order.

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Records are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on reproduction for research and private study.
Preferred citation: Grafton & Co. Ltd. fonds, #01134, Hamilton Public Library, Hamilton, Ontario.

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Associated materials

The following related material can be found in the Local History & Archives (LH&A) department at Hamilton Public Library pertaining to Grafton & Co. Ltd. fonds.

Hamilton Mountain Sanatorium archive #00512 for photograph of Mrs. J.J Grafton
Grafton & Co. Ltd. Grafton's Great Mid-winter Sale. 1923. 646.4020294 GRA.
Grafton & Co. Ltd. Grafton's Triumphant Mid-winter Sale. 1919. 646.4020294 GRA

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