Archive Finding Aids

Here are detailed file-by-file descriptions of the contents of specific fonds and/or links to scanned documents.

Taylor sign for MacKay & Dippie, Calgary, [ca. 1913-1919]
Taylor sign for MacKay & Dippie, Calgary, [ca. 1913-1919]

Taylor Signs Ltd. fonds

To view brief history of organization and summary of contents click here.

Table of Contents

indicates that the series includes scanned documents.

Series 1 Designs for signs. -- 1898-1940
Series 2 George Taylor and Ernest Taylor - Miscellaneous papers. -- 1901-1961
Series 3 Photographs. -- [ca. 1896-1940]


Series 1 Designs for signs. -- 1898-1940
M-1596-1 Clippings and samples. -- 1898-1904 and 1916. -- Consists of scrapbook pages of clippings and label samples showing various lettering and illustrating techniques.
M-1596-2 Designs and sketches. -- 1902-1906 and [ca. 1940]. -- Consists of sketches and samples advertising Taylor sings; design for City of Calgary crest (possibly for submission to Calgary Herald city crest contest of March 1902); sketch of view near Langevin Bridge; silkscreen of first issue of Second World War Victory Loan; and sketches of cowboys.
M-1596-3 Sketches of ethnic figures. -- 1908. -- Done by George Taylor the the Dominion Exhibitions, and used for an original painting by Mrs. Ernest Taylor.
M-1596-4 Signs of the Times. -- 1908-1931. -- Consists of issues of a journal of advertising "devoted to the interests of the advertiser, the agency and the purveyor of publicity. Includes issues from 1908, 1910, 1913, 1918, 1921 and 1931.
M-1596-5 Stationery. -- 1926-1928 and n.d. -- Consists of samples of letterhead, envelopes, work orders and contracts. Includes a postcard advertising Taylor Sign Works.
M-1596-6 Catalogues of lettering. -- 1930 and n.d. -- Consists of Spanjer Brothers catalogue of carved letters and symbols; and Opalite Corporation catalogue of letters for electric signs.
M-4776 Designs for signs, price book and letterheads. -- n.d.
M-1596-7 Price list. -- 1931-1932. -- Annotated and updated in ink.
M-1596-8 Cashbook. -- 1905-1906. -- Photocopy only. The original is held by Taylor Signs Ltd.

Sign sketches book. -- n.d. -- Consists of a volume of sketched and painted sign designs on cloth and paper, which advertise local businesses and products. Includes the following (page numbers indicated at right):

Alberta Optical Company, p. 23
Alexander News Stand, p. 11-12
Billiards, p. 6
Calgary Barber College, p. 35
Calgary Clothing Company, p. 21-22
Canadian Fairbanks Morse Company, p. 31-32
Capitol Theatre, p. 42
Carlton Cafe, p. 25-26,30
Chauncy Company, Jewellers, p. 19
Claresholm Motors Ltd., p. 44
Connor & Fairleigh, p. 45
Edison Whiet Mazda, p. 43
Eugene Restaurant, p. 15
Greenfield's Auction Mart, p. 9
Grunwald Hotel, p. 33-34
Home Del Cafe, p. 3-4
King George Cafe, p. 13-14
King George Hotel, p. 10
Lambert's Clothes Shop. p. 1
Lunch Room, p. 20
Matthew's Music House, p. 27-28
Newman, Lou, Pipes & Tobacco, p. 5
Nickle, p. 21-22
Parker's Ltd., p.39-40
Premier Winter Gasoline, p. 41
Princess Drug Company, p.18
Riley & McCormick Ltd., p. 17
Ruth Beautifiers, p. 2, 29
Spiller's Bake-Rite Flour, p. 23
Steve's Hotel, p. 16
Strand Cigar Store, p. 36-38
White House Ice Cream Parlour, p. 7-8
Zenith Cafe, p. 24

Series 2 George Taylor and Ernest Taylor - Miscellaneous papers. -- 1901-1961
M-1212 Ernest L. Taylor - Personal papers. -- 1901-1961. -- 1 cm of textual records. -- Consists of marksmen's award, account book, and newspaper clippings regarding sports activities and poetry.
M-3149 Ernest L. Taylor - Miscellaneous. -- 1902. -- 1 item. -- Consists of charter of the Calgary General Laborers' Union, formed as branch no. 305 of the American Labor Union.
M-1213 George L. Taylor - Miscellaneous. -- 1902-1936 and n.d. -- 1 cm of textual records. -- Consistsof business cards, letters from taxidermist Fred Dippie, and newspaper clippings about skater Ernie Taylor.
AR-8 Painting of the three Taylor children by Andrew Sheriff Scott of Montreal. -- [ca. 1919]
Series 3 Photographs. -- [ca. 1896-1940]. -- 54 photographs

Many of these photographs have been scanned. View now.

PA-2009 Buildings on 8th Avenue and Taylor Sign Works. -- [ca. 1900-1919]. -- 4 photographs
PA-2019 Calgary buildings, signs and personalities. -- [ca. 1896-1919]. -- 8 photographs
PA-2086 Showroom, Diamond Motor Company; and billboard, Calgary. -- 2 photographs
PB-495 Advertisements for Indian [First Nations] curios and Robin Hood Flour Mills, Calgary. -- 1912 and [ca. 1912-1919]. -- 2 photographs
PB-512 Automobiles outside Chapin's Garage, Calgary. -- 1 photograph
PC-172 Signs on Calgary buildings. -- 4 photographs
NA-3795 Signs on Calgary buildings. -- [ca. 1890-1913] and n.d. -- 29 photographs. -- Includes one of the Taylor children, Elsie an Ernie. Ten of these are copies of the original photographs in PA-2009 and PA-2019 above.
NA-5573 Signs on Calgary buildings. -- [ca. 1915-1940]. -- 14 photographs. -- Includes one a truck carrying Taylor signs.
130 9th Ave S.E.
Calgary, AB T2G 0P3

Located in the heart of the Calgary downtown core between Stephen Avenue and the Olympic Plaza
Cultural District.

Location & Directions
Hours & Admissions
Contact Us
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Closed 09:00am - 5:00pm 09:00am - 5:00pm 09:00am - 5:00pm 09:00am - 5:00pm 09:00am - 5:00pm 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Support Glenbow
Your support matters! Help more
people experience art and culture
more often at Glenbow.

Donate Now

Connect With Us

E-Newsletter Signup
Join our list
© Glenbow, 130 - 9th Avenue S.E., Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2G 0P3 -