Eaton’s – Cameras & Photographic Supplies

Eaton’s Cameras & Photographic Supplies c1910

Toronto. When I was a kid and a young adult Eaton’s was the store in Canada. Eaton’s and Simpson’s were on either side of Queen West at Yonge Street. The new Eaton’s College Street blocks north on Yonge never caught on due to the depression but the Carlu room – and the restaurant – were scrumptious.

In the early days of the last century, Eaton’s tried to be the store for everyone with its catalogue. Missing were cameras and supplies. To that end, Eaton’s offered a separate catalogue of Cameras & Photographic Supplies.  The original catalogue belongs  to Robert Wilson who loaned it to the PHSC to have copies made and included in a 25th anniversary issue of Photographic Canadiana back in 1999.

My thanks to our treasurer, John Morden who generously photocopied the booklet and offered it for inclusion on our web site. The pdf includes a reference to the history of the stores and this catalogue. Browse through the little booklet to see the variety of cameras and darkroom material offered over a century ago by one of Canada’s most famous businesses.

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