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[Bookplate for Imperial Cotton Co. by R&M]
[Bookplate for Imperial Cotton Co. by R&M]
Title[Bookplate for Imperial Cotton Co. by R&M]
Date Created[not before 1900]
Sort Date1900
DescriptionPrinted in black ink on cream coloured paper. The scene depicts dark-skinned laborers working in a cotton field. In the right-hand side of the foreground, a laborer holds a large wicker basket full of cotton on their head. To the left are two other large wicker baskets full of cotton. At least four other laborers recede into the depth of the field. They wear loose, baggy clothing and wide-brimmed hats. In the background is a wide, low brick factory building with smokestacks on the far left and one low, square tower with a flag in the middle. Below this scene is the insignia of the Dominion Crown and the text identifying the Imperial Cotton Co.
Extent1 bookplate : 6.5 x 11.8 cm
Subject - GeographicHamilton (Ont.)
Personal NamesImperial Cotton Co.
TypeStill Image
NotesImperial Cotton Co. Ltd. was established in Hamilton Ontario in 1900 at 270 Sherman Ave. by Charles T. Grantham, a bookkeeper from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia (Ingersoll Coin, 2015). Grantham had come from a cotton mill venture in Yarmouth that had been established in 1863. Imperial Cotton was funded by John Patterson, one of the "fathers" of Hamilton's "Industrial Age" (Ingersoll). His brother Edmond Patterson was designated as the architect. James M. Young (son of John Young, Dundas Cotton Co., 1860-1891) served as the first president (Ingersoll, 2015). The cotton duck manufacturing plant produced heavy grade materials including sails, mechanical belting, railway car roofing, tarpaulins, awnings, cotton paper dryers, etc. (Ottawa Journal, 1924). From 1920-1926, the company produced a quarterly employee newsletter known as "The Fabricator." Editions can be found in the Hamilton Public Library Local History and Archives Collection (Ingersoll ; Cotton Factory). In 1924, the company was acquired and consolidated by Cosmos Imperial Mills Ltd., which was formerly Yarmouth Duck and Cotton (Consolidations, 1933).
1) -----. (1924). Page 22, Thursday October 30 1924, The Ottawa Journal. Retrieved from
2) -----. (n.d.). "Appendix C: Consolidations promoted January, 1921, to December, 1933, " Pg. 19, Consolidations in Canadian Industry and Commerce, January 1, 1900, to December 31, 1933. Retrieved from;jsessionid=0F0768D4F8F3C6C7E30940B3A7F42691?sequence=1
3) Culbert, Laura. (2015). "Imperial Cotton Co. Ltd, Hamilton, Ont., " Ingersoll Coin Club Bulletin November 2015, pp. 9-10. Retrieved from
4) Search: James Robert Stratton, M.P. (b. 1858 Millbrook, ON), proprietor of the Peterborough Daily Examiner, director of Imperial Cotton Co. (Times Publishing Company. (1910). Canadian Who's Who 1910, Pg. 216. Retrieved from
Access IdentifierBP MUR CAN P I674
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_CAN_P_I674
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 I674
Date Available2017-10-25
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:
TranscriptEX LIBRIS IMPERIAL COTTON CO. LIMITED HAMILTON. Plate [illegible] MTayl[..?]
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