Fonds MS-687 - Hook Signs Ltd. fonds

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Titre propre

Hook Signs Ltd. fonds

Dénomination générale des documents

  • Document textuel
  • Graphic material - photograph

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  • Source du titre propre: Title based on contents of fonds.

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Juridiction responsable et dénomination (philatélique)

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  • 1912 - 1980 (Production)
    Hook Signs Ltd

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Description matérielle

2 m of textual records. - 2070 photographs

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Nom du producteur


Histoire administrative

Beginning by painting dairy ads on milk wagons, Clyde A. Hook expanded his business into outdoor advertising creating Hook Signs Limited in 1912 in Edmonton. The business did billboards as well as painting advertisements on the sides of buildings. Hook Signs soon spread throughout the city.
In the 1930s the company expanded into Calgary by purchasing Ernest Willis Ltd., and created Hook Signs (Calgary) Limited. The following decade Hook Signs purchased City Sign Works and Lethbridge Posting Company, creating Hook Signs (Lethbridge) Limited. Also in the 1940s Hook expanded into neon signs, supervised by William Muir. The various Hook Signs companies were amalgamated in 1979 forming Hook Outdoor Advertising.
In 1981, the family sold the business to Jim Pattison and Hook Signs became part of the Jim Pattison Group, an advertising company based in Vancouver. The business retained the name Hook Signs until 1998 when the name was changed to Pattison.

Historique de la conservation

Chris Hamill was the Creative Director for Hook Outdoor Advertising (Edmonton) at the time of donation.

Portée et contenu

The fonds consists of records created by Hooks Signs Ltd. of Edmonton.
The textural records (1912-1949, predominantly 1912-1919) include 9 invoice books from 21 Oct 1912 to 31 Oct 1919 and 2 Sep 1947 to 31 Jan 1949, as well as Hook Signs labels, certificates, Licenses, administrative records, and materials for an anniversary book.
The photographs (1920-1980) include images of the billboards and signs created by Hook Signs. There are also various street scenes and intersections in Edmonton, with a blank billboard sign in the background. These were used to show advertising opportunities to potential clients.

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État de conservation

Source immédiate d'acquisition

This fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by Hook Outdoor Advertising, via Chris Hammill, in 1992 and 1996.


The material was arranged according to the filing system of the creator.
The photographs were assigned item numbers with the prefix EA-275.

Langue des documents

  • anglais

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Disponibilité d'autres formats

Restrictions d'accès

There are no restrictions on access.

Délais d'utilisation, de reproduction et de publication

Copyright may apply.
Reproduction restrictions may apply.

Instruments de recherche

See Scope and Content above.

Éléments associés

See also:
Hook Signs fonds (M-8046) at the Glenbow Archives.

Éléments associés


Further accruals are expected.

Note générale

Accession numbers: A92-72, A96-46

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City of Edmonton Archives

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Localisation physique

  • Boîte: MS Room
  • Boîte: Library
  • Classeur à plan: North B