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[Bookplate for Thomas B. Greening]
[Bookplate for Thomas B. Greening]
Title[Bookplate for Thomas B. Greening]
Date Created[not before 1849]
Sort Date1849
DescriptionPrinted in black ink on cream paper. In the centre of the image, a heraldic shield is depicted. The shield is decorated by two thick intersecting lines with reversed scalloped edges, forming a cross shape. The lines are incised with a pattern of thin, close-set vertical lines and contrast against a solid background. Below the shield, a banner with chevron-ed edges contains the phrase ‘A TOUTE FORCE.' Above the shield, the head and neck of a horse is shown in profile, facing left, with its mouth open and mane flowing.
Extent1 bookplate : 7.3 x 11 cm
SubjectPrivate libraries ; Heraldry
Subject - GeographicToronto (Ont.)
Personal NamesGreening, Thomas B.
TypeStill Image
NotesThomas B. Greening was born in Manchester, England in 1849. (McCormick, 1912). Greening is identified as president and manager of the Pure Gold Manufacturing Corporation in Toronto, Ontario. In 1901, he received a permit to build a four-story commercial-industrial warehouse at 276 King Street West. The architect was A. Frank Wickson (1861-1936). In 1904, the property was sold to the EW Gillet Company and the building is historically known as the Gillett Building. (Heritage Preservation Services, 2010). Greening's personal residence was built at St. George Street, near Bernard Avenue, by Eden Smith & Son in 1908. (Dictionary of Architects). See: Toronto Society of Architects Exhibit Catalogue, 1909, 139, illus. for further details. Another source states that Greening was a partner in the firm of M. O'Connor & Co., importers and tea merchants of Toronto, in the 1870s [alt. : Mitchell and Company, Toronto ; Mitchell Coffee Company, Winnipeg]. (McCormick, 1912). This information is provided in connection with a duplicate copy of the current bookplate, along with the following details: "Greening, Thomas B. Armorial. 10.9 x 7.3 cm. Not in Gagnon ; Harrod & Ayearst supp. ; Masson Collection Vol. V, #910." (Baker, 2014). This is corroborated by an obituary in The Ottawa Journal, for J.C. Jamieson, dated July 17, 1940. Jamieson is listed as "secretary-treasurer of the Pure Gold Manufacturing Company and the Blue Ribbon Manufacturing Company […] Mr. Jamieson was born in Brockville and in 1886 moved to Hamilton where he was connected with Thomas B. Greening in the tea business. (Ottawa Journal, 1940). Greening is also identified for his role as Governor of Toronto General Hospital and his participation in the York National, Arts and Letters Club, R.C.Y.C., and Thistle Club ; the Hamilton and Royal Hamilton Yacht Club. (McCormick, 1912).
1) Baker, Warren. (2014). Ex Libris Catalogue: Bookplates and Booksellers Labels for Sale at Fixed Prices. Retrieved from
2) -----. (n.d.). Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950: Alexander Frank Wickson. Retrieved from
3) -----. (n.d.). Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950: Smith, Eden. Retrieved from
4) -----. (1940). "Native of Brockville J. C. Jamieson dies. TORONTO. July 17, " The Ottawa Journal. Retrieved from
5) Heritage Preservation Services. (2010). Heritage Property Research and Evaluation Report: Gillett Building, 276 King Street West, Toronto. Retrieved from
6) McCormick, Edwin. (1912). "Thomas B. Greening, " Leading Financial and Business Men of Toronto. Retrieved from
Access IdentifierBP MUR CAN P G744
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_CAN_P_G744
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. Stanley Binder. BP MUR CAN P G744
Date Available2017-09-20
Publisher - DigitalVancouver : University of British Columbia Library
RightsImages provided for research and reference use only. Permission to publish, copy, or otherwise use these images must be obtained from Rare Books and Special Collections:
TranscriptA TOUTE FORCE Thomas B. Greening. - Dup was Pres. of Pure Gold Mfg. Co Toronto Father of William S.
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