Monday, 4 January 2016

Chemists: Paint and Varnish

In 1932 the Coatwelll Paint & Varnish company opened in their new building on Nazareth Street in Montreal. It was owned by Frederick A Shackell and the secretary-treasurer was Sarah Mavor, my maternal grandmother. This is a description of their business...

My paternal grandfather was a commercial traveler for several paint and varnish companies, his first territory in 1902 being Montreal and Western Ontario for Brandram-Henderson. He was also salesman for the Egyptian Lacquer company in Detroit for a year or two.  Later he sold for Berry Brothers Varnish.  Among his papers were a few recipes for furniture polish..

Do you have an ancestor that worked in the Paint and Varnish or Chemical Industry?

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