Fonds 89-014 - Aikenhead Hardware fonds

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Aikenhead Hardware fonds

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CA ON00333 89-014

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  • 1835-1969 (Creation)

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13 cm of textual records

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Aikenhead Hardware began as a Ridout's Hardware Store at the corner of King and Yonge Streets in 1830 in York, Upper Canada. The store became Ridout, Aikenhead and Crombie in 1868. By 1893, the store had moved to Adelaide Street East and Thomas E. Aikenhead had taken over as sole owner and the company became known as Aikenhead Hardware Co. By 1905, Aikenhead's had moved to Temperance Street and was reorganised as a limited stock company known as Aikenhead Hardware Limited. Successive members of the Aikenhead family ran the company until it ceased operation in the 1990s.

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Fonds consists of a retail day book of the Aikenhead Hardware Company for 1835 to 1839. Also included are price lists, a commemorative booklet of the company celebrating 100 years, and a 9-page history of the company.

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Fonds acquired from Professor Alan Wilson in 1989.


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