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[Bookbinder's Tickets for Joseph Fortier]
[Bookbinder's Tickets for Joseph Fortier]
Title[Bookbinder's Tickets for Joseph Fortier]
Date Created[1912?]
Sort Date1912
Description1) In dark blue ink on white paper, the bookbinder's ticket is in the shape of a closed book, with the spine on the left and text on the font cover. The front cover of the book is a field of blue with text and design elements in white / reversed-out text. A white field with blue text in the lower half of the book cover provides space for a handwritten reorder number.
2) In black ink on pink paper, the bookbinder's ticket consists of a thin black border surrounding black text.
Extent1 bookbinder's ticket : relief printing ; 2.8 x 3.8 cm
1 bookbinder's ticket : relief printing ; 3.2 x 1.4 cm
Subject - GeographicMontréal (Québec)
Personal NamesFortier, Joseph
TypeStill Image
NotesJoseph Fortier Limited was a bookbinder and manufacturing stationer operating in Montreal in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The firm was the legal continuance of Robert Weir & Company of Glasgow, a well-known wholesale and retail stationery house, established in 1805. The firm was successively Robert Weir & Co., Weir & Dunn, Robert Weir & Co., and James Sutherland. Joseph Fortier came to work for James Sutherland in either 1862 or 1863, and in 1879, the firm became Akerman, Sutherland, Fortier & Co. In 1881, the firm was named Joseph Fortier when he became the sole proprietor. 'A Chronology of Montreal and of Canada : From A.D. 1752 to A.D. 1893' noted that Joseph Fortier was in the business of importing and manufacturing mercantile stationery and of ruling, print, and lithographing as well as of manufacturing accounting books and relief stamping. It also notes that Fortier's goods were at the time in favor with the leading Railway Companies, Banks, Insurance, and Commercial offices in the city of Montreal and throughout the country. A 1915 description of the company noted that it was 'one of the largest houses in its line in the city' and in addition to 'printing of every character, paper ruling, binding, stamping and the manufacture of office suppliers, ' the retail store carried 'full lines of counting house and office requisites, mercantile stationery, blank books, filing cabinets, typewriter supplies and every variety of domestic and imported articles needed in office work.' Joseph Fortier was located initially on James Street in Montreal, but moved to Notre-Dame Street West some time between 1897-1905. The firm incorporated in 1912 to become Joseph Fortier Limited. Although it is not known precisely when it ceased operation, advertisements for Joseph Fortier Limited loose leaf binders and sheets ran in the Canadian Jewish Review until 1928. Joseph Fortier himself was born at St. Timothée, County of Beauharnois, and was educated at the old Reeollet School, Montreal. He was a member of The Reform Club, the Club Canadien, St. George Snow Shoe Club, Natural History Society, Chambre de Commerce, British Chamber of Commerce of Paris, Manufacturers Association, Alliance Francaise, Numismatic and Antiquarian Society, and several benevolent organizations devoted to the betterment of mankind.
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6) Terrill, F. W. (1893). A chronology of Montreal and of Canada: From A.D. 1752 to A.D. 1893, including commercial statistics, historic sketches of commercial corporations and firms, and advertisements... together with calendars of every year from A.D. 1752 to A.D. 1925. Montreal: Printed by J. Lovell. Retrieved, March 8, 2013 from
Access IdentifierBBT MUR CAN I F6785
Digital IdentifierBBT_MUR_CAN_I_F6785
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. Leslie Binder. BBT MUR CAN I F6785
Date Available2013
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:
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