Wednesday, September 25, 2013

We used to make things in this country. #124: Bernard Marks & Co., Toronto

I picked up this Model S101A "Strip Clean" electric paint remover at a thrift store in Tweed, Ontario recently.  It still heats up well, although I haven't had a chance to actually test it on a piece of old painted furniture.

Actually, it's not clear that Bernard Marks & Co. actually made this tool.  Instead, they may have been a wholesaler.  They had a wide variety of trademarks registered to them, including "Colony Sportswear," "Tray-Saver," "Magi Koter" paint roller, "Ad Pix,"  "Jet Fire" and "Berma" (the latter for acetylene torces, registered in 1965).  They also offered a cheap camera under their name, which was also carried by the T. Eaton Company department store in Toronto under their "Teco" brand.  In any event, they're gone today.

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