The R. Mathison Printing Collection offers a fascinating glimpse into business and marketing practices in Vancouver at the close of the 19th century. In 1886, Robert Mathison opened his print shop just after a massive fire had ravaged much of the city and all three of its printers, allowing him to monopolise on business.
This collection is made up of promotional materials, business cards and other specialty printed items produced by Mathison between 1886 and 1890. Many of Mathison’s designs feature a variety of fonts and ornate script, and the quirky colloquialisms of the day are particularly easy to spot throughout this collection!
The R. Mathison Printing Collection also features an official program of events for Vancouver’s Jubilee Celebration of 1887, alongside menus, raffle tickets and invitations.
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