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Guelph Industries: Northern Rubber

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This is the first in a series of articles on Guelph Industries. Northern Rubber operated from 1920 into the 1940s, manufacturing rubber footwear. What began as a small local operation with about 60 employees grew to  provide work for between 300 and 600.

    All pictures are courtesy of the Guelph Civic Museum

Birthday Bash at the Museum

Labouring All Our Lives First Anniversary

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On May 1st, 2016, LAOLs celebrated its first anniversary in style. The event was co-partnered by the Guelph Civic Museum. In attendance were local luminaries James Gordon and Phil Allt. Lloyd Longfield, Guelph’s MP, and Nancy Horvath of OPSEU Local 232 also showed up to enjoy the display of artifacts and to join in the conversation on...

 

Day of Mourning

Mourn For The Dead; Fight For The Living

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In 1907, 13 employees working at Taylor-Forbes in Guelph, suffered a variety of injuries. That was a banner year for accidents. They ranged from severe burns the feet and legs to broken jaws to crushed/amputated fingers. Fortunately, none of the injuries proved to be fatal. This was the case a year earlier when John McLennan had fallen...
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I Want to Ride My Bicycle: The History of Bicycles in 19th and Early 20th century Guelph

The late 1800s saw the emergence of a bicycle craze across Canada. The invention of the "Safety Bike" was partially responsible for the renewed popularity in this form of transportation. Guelphites became a part of this fad. The Middle and Upper classes established a cycling club. Small shops and individuals manufactured bicycles and made repairs. Bike gear was available for men and women - the latter taking to this new mode of transportation with a passion.. 

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The Guelph Carriage Top Company: 1879 to 1923

At the corner of Dublin and Norfolk, once stood the Guelph Carriage Top Company. Also known as the Guelph Buggy Top Factory it managed to transition from buggies to automobiles. with a small workforce, including a woman mechanic during its early years, to produced quality products shipped nationally and even globally. 

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