Martin Manufacturing Company (also known as the Buckle Factory), 1899
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- A black and white photograph of the Martin Manufacturing Company, 1899. People pictured back row, from left to right: Richard Newsome, Humphrey Coffey, Manning Lock, Charles Barton Jr., Smith Campbell, George Mowat, Thomas Houghton, Frank Barton, Charles Barton Sr., Wesley Fegan, Charles Tremeer, William Young and "Dutchy" Millar. People pictured front row, from left to right are: James Anderson, John Foley, Fred Cresswell, William Cresswell, Thomas Newbury, Frank Murphy, Albert Smith, Robert Cresswell, William Thompson, Robert McBurney, Thomas Perry, Fred Westlake, John Hartrick, Sanko Campbell, Lou Lintner, Mary Southwell, Annie Fallon, William Wilkinson, Addie Martin and Thomas Proctor.
- The buckle factory was one of three main industries in Whitby during the early 20th century. Whitby’s main industries at this time were a buckle factory; blanket factory and tannery. The Buckle Factory, as it was locally known, was in operation from 1888 to 1964.
Located at 300 Brock Street South, the factory was on the block bounded by Brock, Dunlop, Byron, and Gilbert Streets. The buckle factory manufactured saddle hardware in Whitby, especially brass buckles for horse harnesses.
The buckle factory was started in 1887 when Samuel Trees Senior and George V. Martin purchased O’Donovan Carriage Works. New buildings were constructed on the site and the old buildings used by O’Donovan Carriage Works were used to start “Martin Manufacturing Company”. Martin Manufacturing Company was run from 1888 to 1904. In 1904 the company was bought and run by Fred Hatch as “Hatch Manufacturing Company” until his death in 1929. In 1929, the company was purchased by Samuel Trees Junior and renamed “Whitby Malleable Iron and Brass Company”. It was operated as “Whitby Malleable Iron and Brass Company” until 1964 and in 1966 the buildings were demolished.
- The name on the front of the building reads: "MARTIN MANUFACTURING CO". Sign over the door reads: "SADDLERY HARDWARE".
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- Scanned from copy negative dated 1970.
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