Monday, September 14, 2015

We used to make things in this country. #209: Gummed Papers Limited, Brampton, Ontario

A lovely "Jubilee" package sealer I saw at a yard sale. Made by Gummed Papers Limited.  Remember to rinse the brush weekly!

Gummed Papers was established in the early 20th Century as a Kraft tape manufacturer, and produced a diverse product line including lamination and coating of paper, foil, film, textile, and metal.  In 2007, the company filed for bankruptcy and closed its doors. It's factory, built in 1913 and an example of the Chicago school of architecture, was in the process of being designated an historic building when the developer, Jagdeep 'Jack' Sandhu, ignored the legal restriction and snuck in with a wrecking ball in the early morning hours.  In 2010 he pleaded guilty to to violating legislation designed to protect heritage properties and received a $25,000 fine.  Since he plans to develop residential units on the site, this was a slap on the wrist. Thanks a lot Jagdeep.  It might not have been the Taj Mahal, but the building was a part of Ontario history. Another sad example of our industrial heritage stolen from us.  

For more on this, read the article "Let the punishment fit the crime" in the Fall/Winter 2010 edition of Buffy's Corners, the newsletter of the Brampton Historical Society.

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