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50th anniversary : miscellaneous (file 1 of 2).

File consists of material relating to the planning and coordination of various aspects of Electrohome's 50th anniversary celebrations. Includes memoranda, correspondence, invoices, ephemera, and other material. File may have belonged to Norman J. Long (Industrial and Public Relations Director, and Deputy General Chairman of the anniversary committee).

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50th anniversary : photographs.

File consists of 62 photographs taken during Electrohome's 50th anniversary celebrations. Includes photographs of the anniversary dinner, program, and dance; a parade; and other events. Includes photographs of Carl A. Pollock giving speeches, singing, and posing with a cake. File may contain duplicates of some photographs.

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50th anniversary : publicity, including May 1.

File consists of material relating to the publicity of Electrohome's 50th anniversary events, including a dinner on May 1, 1957. Includes memoranda, correspondence, ms. notes, and other material. File may have belonged to Norman J. Long (Industrial and Public Relations Director, and Deputy General Chairman of the anniversary committee).

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50th anniversary : working file 3.

File consists of material relating to advertising and publicity activities for Electrohome's 50th anniversary celebrations. Includes memoranda, minutes of meetings of the 50th anniversary committee, and a report. File probably belonged to W.E. Curry (Electronic Products Division Manager).

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50th anniversary : working file 5.

File consists of material relating to the planning of Electrohome's 50th anniversary dinner on May 1, 1957 and the coordination of invitations. Includes memoranda, ms. notes, minutes of meetings of the anniversary dinner sub-commitee, ephemera, and other material. File may have belonged to Harold Eby (responsible for invitations and tickets for the anniversary committee).

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60th anniversary : working file 2.

File consists of material relating to the planning and publicity of Electrohome's 60th anniversary celebrations. Includes agenda and minutes for meetings of the 60th anniversary committee, the employee sales sub-committee, and the museum committee; memoranda; advertisements; typed reports, and other material. File also includes two photographs of in-store display stands. File may have belonged to W. Hemphill (Secretary of anniversary committee).

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75th anniversary : A Provincial Elegance : exhibition catalogue sale sign.

File consists of a painted sign advertising the sale of the exhibition catalogue A provincial elegance for $10.00. The catalogue was produced for the exhibition at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery about early Canadian decorative art, sponsored by Electrohome as part of the 75th anniversary celebrations.

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75th anniversary : Angus Buchanan.

File consists of material relating to Angus Buchanan, a photographer employed by Electrohome to take pictures of early Electrohome furniture as part of the 75th anniversary celebrations. Includes photocopies of travel expense reports, cheques, and car rental agreements; and correspondence.

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75th anniversary : working file 2.

File consists of material relating to the work of the 75th Anniversary Committee in planning the events for the Electrohome's 75th anniversary year. Includes copies of minutes from committee meetings, memoranda, and manuscript notes. File probably belonged to Gary Alcock, Director of Human Resources and committee member.

Alcock, Gary

75th anniversary : working file 3 (file 1 of 2).

File consists of material relating to the planning of Electrohome's 75th anniversary celebrations, including a concert for employees at the Centre in the Square (Kitchener, ON), the sponsorship of an exhibition of early Canadian decorative art at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery entitled "A Provincial Elegance", and souvenirs for employees. Includes memoranda and correspondence, ms. and typed notes, minutes of meetings of the 75th anniversary committee and the Quarter Century Club executive, news releases, photocopies of cheques and invoices, typed lists of concert invitees and antique collectors, ephemera, and other material. Material is divided by the following tabs: News releases, Meetings, Provincial Elegance, Centre in the Square, and Souvenir. File probably belonged to Robert Lovell (Public Relations Manager).

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75th anniversary : working file 3 (file 2 of 2).

File consists of material relating to the planning of Electrohome's 75th anniversary celebrations, including a concert for employees at the Centre in the Square (Kitchener, ON), the sponsorship of an exhibition of early Canadian decorative art at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery entitled "A Provincial Elegance", and souvenirs for employees.

Includes memoranda and correspondence, ms. and typed notes, minutes of meetings of the 75th anniversary committee and the Quarter Century Club executive, news releases, photocopies of cheques and invoices, typed lists of concert invitees and antique collectors, ephemera, and other material. Material is divided by the following tabs: News releases, Meetings, Provincial Elegance, Centre in the Square, and Souvenir. File probably belonged to Robert Lovell (Public Relations Manager).

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90th anniversary celebration activities : slide presentation.

File consists of a print-out of a slide presentation and a draft of the accompanying script about the history of Electrohome. The presentation appears to have been created for staff in preparation for the 90th anniversary celebrations. The script has been edited and is annotated "Nicola".

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KeepRite : 35th anniversary : 35 years of marketing to the world.

File consists of a company brochure from KeepRite (Brantford, ON), which manufactures air conditioning, refrigeration, heat transfer and heat recovery products. KeepRite manufactured Electrohome air conditioners for many years and around 1982 bought the rights to use the Electrohome name.

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Material compiled by John Koegler : file 1.

File consists of material relating mainly to Electrohome history and the Quarter Century Club, collected by John Koegler, company historian. Includes press clippings, ephemera, memoranda, ms. notes, and an ms. speech presented by Koegler at a Quarter Century Club dinner. File also includes the order of service for Carl A. Pollock's funeral.

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Material compiled by John Koegler : file 2.

File consists of material relating to the work of John Koegler in his role as Chief Inspector in the Appliance and Metal Products Division (later Motor and Metal Products Division). Includes memoranda, foremen's meeting minutes from 1951, standard practice bulletins, an hourly job evaluation plan, documents relating to performance evaluation, a divisional organizational chart, and other material. Some of the memoranda are addressed to and from Arthur B. Pollock.

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Material compiled by John Koegler : file 4.

File consists of material relating to John Koegler's role as Electrohome museum curator and company archivist. Includes correspondence, memoranda, ms. notes, press clippings, an article reprint, and photocopied magazine articles about radio history. Includes correspondence with Carl A. Pollock and with Ed Moogk (head of Recorded Sound Collection at the National Library of Canada and former program director at CKCR radio in Kitchener, ON) regarding the "85 years of Canadian recorded sound" exhibition.

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Material compiled by John Koegler : file 6.

File consists of material relating to John Koegler's research into the history of Electrohome. Includes ms. notes, portions of an ms. draft of a history of radio within the company, press clippings, advertisements for Grimes inverse duplex radio receivers (1925-1927), photographs of early radio production, correspondence, ephemera, and other material. File also includes a photostat copy of the announcement of the wedding of Arthur B. Pollock and Racie L. Boehmer from a 1902 newspaper.

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Material compiled by John Koegler : file 9.

File consists of material relating to the history of Electrohome. Includes ms. notes, correspondence (including a personal letter from John A. Pollock), and other material. File also includes an envelope addressed to A.B. Pollock, Pollock Manufacturing Company, Columbia Place, Berlin from Edmonds & Edmonds Solicieters (New York, NY), dated 1915.

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Material from George Found.

File consists of material relating to the restoration of radios and television sets by George Found of Grandpa's Radio Shop (Kitchener, ON). Includes photocopies of rough sketches of radio and television sets and of instructions for applying reproduction brand name decals, ms. notes, and decals for Viking, Electrohome, and Phonola.

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Museum information.

File consists of material relating to the development of the Electrohome museum and archives as well as exhibitions for the company's 90th anniversary. Includes correspondence; ms. notes; photocopies of articles from the employee newsletter Sparks and Chips; photocopies of photographs, news releases, and other documents; ephemera; and copies of policies and forms developed by archives of other institutions.

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Original processing cards (file 2 of 2).

File consists of index cards containing ms. notes. Cards were created by Nicola McLaughlin in her work of processing items in the Electrohome museum and archives.

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Photograph information.

File consists of ms. notes about photographs in Electrohome's museum and archives. The notes identify people in the photographs.

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Product and archive box lists (file 1 of 2).

File consists of print-outs of product lists (by product type and by date of manufacture) and an archive box list that describe the contents of the Electrohome museum and archives. The accuracy of the product lists is unknown. The archive box list does not always accurately describe the original box contents as received.

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Resources : museum management and exhibitions.

File consists of material relating to museum management and developing exhibitions of historical collections, collected by Nicola McLaughlin in her work with the Electrohome museum and archives. Includes correspondence, newsletters, pamphlets, and ephemera from related organizations, including the Ontario Museum Association, the Ontario Historical Society, and the Ontario Ministry of Culture and Communications. File also includes photocopies of articles from Exhibitionist News and other material.

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Scanning project.

File consists of a photocopy of the golden anniversary issue (volume 14, issue 1, February, 1957) of the employee newsletter Sparks and Chips.

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Research : start - 1919.

  • SCA207-GA186-47-2689
  • File
  • [1996-1997] (originally created 1902-[1997?])
  • Part of Electrohome fonds.

File consists of photocopied material relating to the early history of Electrohome and the Pollock family up to ca. 1919. Includes photocopies of ms. and typed notes, memoranda, press clippings and advertisements, pages from books and periodicals (some annotated), and Electrohome pamphlets and catalogues. File also includes a print-out of typed notes.

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Research : employee reminiscences.

  • SCA207-GA186-47-2715
  • File
  • [1996-1997] (originally created 1967-[1997?])
  • Part of Electrohome fonds.

File consists of two print-outs of notes from interviews conducted by Gary McLaren with five retired Electrohome employees on June 14, 1984, and a photocopy of a typed timeline of Electrohome's history.

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Research : Horton-Electrohome appliances.

File consists of material relating to Electrohome's business venture with the Horton Manufacturing Company (Fort Wayne, IN). Includes memoranda, minutes of meetings of a committee formed to discuss the washing machine program, an issue of the company newsletter The Horton Pioneer containing an article about the partnership with Electrohome, and two photographs of a Horton-Electrohome portable ironer and a washing machine.

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Research : motors and air conditioners.

File consists of material relating to motors and air conditioners. Includes advertisements and the text of a manual from the U.S. Air Conditioning Corporation, correspondence with companies that manufacture motors, an article reprint, and photocopied competitor radio advertisements.

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Research : Ontario Hydro.

File consists of material relating to the history of the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario / Ontario Hydro and the provision of hydro-electricity in Ontario. Includes photocopies of press clippings and photographs, photocopies of pages from the Commission's annual report, print-outs of library and archives search results, ms. notes, and the program for the commission's 50th anniversary ceremonies.

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Research : product literature (file 2 of 2).

File consists of advertising and publicity materials relating to Electrohome and several of its subsidiaries and divisions, including Electrohome Europe, Electrohome Electronics, Projection Systems and Display Systems divisions, CAP Communications (CFRN-TV), and Lightening Circuits. Includes company brochures, single-sheet advertisements, product brochures, portfolios of company information and product literature, and issues of internal publications.

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Visual material : file 11.

File consists of 45 negatives and 15 transparencies of Electrohome consumer products (television sets, stereo consoles, humidifiers), Deilcraft furniture, the 75th anniversary concert, and other events.

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Visual material : file 15.

File consists of a photograph of a model with an Electrohome phonograph, and a photograph of employees with the first organs off the production line in Plant 3.

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Visual material : file 26.

File consists of 11 photographs (plus copies) of the EGT100 satellite receiver and chassis, and possibly another similar product (?), taken from several angles. File also includes a memorandum.

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Visual material : file 39.

File consists of three photographs of a mural depicting Electrohome's history painted by Christina Peori. Two copies of the photograph have been mounted on board. Duplicate photographs are present.

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Visual material : file 42.

File consists of a photograph of Betty Thompson on the set of the CKCO-TV show Be My Guest, interviewing an unidentified woman.

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Press Clippings

Series consists of press coverage of Electrohome; the company's operations, activities, and products; issues of interest to the company; and Electrohome personnel. Includes press clippings, photocopies of press clippings, magazines containing articles about Electrohome, and reprints of magazine and newspaper articles. Some of the press clippings were obtained through the Canadian Press Clipping Service. Some of the clippings are loose, and some were compiled into binders corresponding to a specific time period.

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Miscellaneous (file 2 of 2).

File consists of miscellaneous press clippings, including some newspaper advertisements for Electrohome products. Subjects include the manufacture and distribution of televison sets, former Electrohome employees, a temporary plant shut-down, the Circa '75 home entertainment concept, the Electrohome-sponsored art exhibition A Provincial Elegance, Arthur B. Pollock, the Kitchener Public Library, and CN train service.

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Press clippings : 1956-1961 (file 1 of 2).

File consists of press coverage relating to Electrohome and Carl A. Pollock. Includes clippings from Canadian newspapers and industry-related publications. Subjects of clippings include Pollock's speeches and activities; the development of industry, creativity, and engineering training in Canada; export and import activity and policy; management issues; pensions; and Electrohome's history and success.

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Miscellaneous : magazine articles.

File consists of issues of magazines containing articles about Electrohome. Includes:

  • Executive (v. 22, n. 10, October 1980) with the article "Electrohome comes back from the brink" (p. 50-54).
  • Canadian Interiors (v. 2, n. 5, May 1965) with the article "Electrohome showroom is flexible and attractive" (p. 43).
  • Profit Sharing Trends (v. 8, n. 5, 1960) with the article "Profit sharing: a way of life" (p. 12-15).
  • Wallpaper (Sept./Oct. 1996) with the article "Sphere and now" (colour photocopy).
  • Printers' Ink (v. 284, n. 4, July 1963) with the article "All the U.S. is its newest market" (p. 46-47).

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Carl A. Pollock : press clippings.

File consists of press clippings relating to Carl A. Pollock for the year 1961. Subjects include Pollock's involvement with the Canadian Manufacturers' Association, the National Design Council, and the Ontario Research Foundation; his comments about free enterprise, Canadian industry, and education; and Pollock's house.

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Press clippings : June to December, 1963 (file 1 of 2).

File consists of press clippings relating to Electrohome from June to December, 1963. Material is divided by the following tabs: Exports, Financial, Miscellaneous, Personnel, Plants, C.A. Pollock, Products, and Shows & exhibitions.

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Press clippings : January-May, 1964 (file 1 of 2).

File consists of press clippings relating to Electrohome and Carl. A. Pollock, from Canadian newspapers and industry-related publications. Subjects include exports, tarrifs, corporate taxes, product packaging and design, the dealer decor program, and shows and exhibitions. Material is divided by the following tabs: exports, financial, miscellaneous, personnel, plants, C.A. Pollock, and products. Some clippings are headlines only and some are photocopies.

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Press clippings : 1970-1974.

File consists of press clippings relating to Electrohome and John A. Pollock for the period 1970-1974. File also includes four snapshots of the Electrohome plant in Malaysia, typed notes about the plant's specifications, and a contact sheet containing portraits of John A. Pollock.

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Press clippings : 1971 (file 1 of 3).

File consists of press clippings relating to Electrohome from the year 1971. Material is divided by the following tabs: Financial, Flexsteel write-ups, C.R.T.C. [Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission], C.A. Pollock, John Pollock, Miscellaneous, Products, and Press clippings used for E World. Some clippings are photocopies.

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Press clippings : 1972 (file 3 of 3).

File consists of press clippings relating to Electrohome from 1972. Material is divided by the following tabs: Financial; Galt [refers to new plant]; Fairfield [refers to purchase of Fairfield Furniture of Stratford]; Shows, dealers, exhibits; Miscellaneous; Lewis comment [refers to statement by NDP leader David Lewis on Canadian tax system]; C.R.T.C. [Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission]; C.A. Pollock; J. Pollock; Collective bargaining, Electrohome strike; and Products.

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Press clippings : 1980-1982.

File consists of press clippings relating to Electrohome and John A. Pollock for the period 1980-1982. Includes some photocopied clippings. File also includes correspondence and memoranda (from John A. Pollock and Robert Lovell) and one snapshot of John A. Pollock in Tokyo, Japan, with colleagues from Kanematsu-Gosho and JVC.

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Press clippings : 1982 (file 2 of 2).

File consists of press clippings for the year 1982. Material is organized by the following tabs: [unlabeled, probably John A. Pollock], 75th anniversary, AABEX, Appliances, Motor, Consumer, Financial, Monitors, Deilcraft, Law, Reverse osmosis, US operations, Telidon, Shut downs, Miscellaneous. Most clippings were acquired through Canadian Press Clipping Services, and some are photocopies. File also includes a publication entitled "Vista directory and user guide" (v. 2, no.1, 1982).

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Press clippings : 1988

File consists of press clippings relating to Electrohome for the year 1988. Press clippings are divided by the following tabs: Pollock, Finance, Electrohome Communications, Motor, Union, People, Furniture, Miscellaneous, and Electronics. Some clippings are photocopies.

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Projection Systems : press coverage and case studies.

File consists of press coverage describing Electrohome's Projection Systems products as they are used in various corporations and organizations. Includes articles and case studies reprinted from industry-related publications or printed by Electrohome, press clippings, and other documents.

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Changing Times : Vista magazine.

File consists of three copies of the Summer 1993 issue of Vista magazine, containing an article about John A. Pollock entited "Changing Times". Pollock is also pictured on the front cover.

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75th anniversary concert.

File consists of material relating to Electrohome's 75th anniversary celebrations. Includes a company brochure, two copies of the program for the anniversary concert at the Centre in the Square, and a photograph taken at the concert.

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CKCO-TV.

File consists of four photographs relating to CKCO-TV. Includes a photograph of William McGregor (surrounded by men and women) cutting a cake at a celebration, and a photograph of two men [CTV reporters or commentators?] with Toronto Blue Jay Kelly Gruber. One photograph has been glued to board and retouched.

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Employees : award winners.

File consists of eight snapshots of individuals receiving plaques at five separate occasions. One occasion is the Quality Award of the Year award (1987) for Display Systems, accepted by Don Harrold. Some photographs include John A. Pollock. File also includes an ms. note.

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Facilities : Murawsky Furniture Company building.

File consists of seven photographs (plus duplicates) of the Murawsky Furniture Company building at 152 Shanley Street in Kitchener, which became Electrohome Plant 4 ca. 1954. Includes aerial photographs.

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Facilities : negatives.

File consists of ten negatives of Plant 1 (283 Duke Street), Plant 2 (480 Victoria Street North), the Murawsky Furniture Company building (152 Shanley Street, became Plant 4), the Caya Buiding (130 Weber Street West), and the Pequegnat Building (Duke and Frederick Streets, location of Technical Products Division).

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Facilities : Plant 3 : 809 Wellington Street, Kitchener.

File consists of one photograph of Carl A. Pollock and others at the 1956 ground-breaking ceremony for the Electrohome plant at 809 Wellington Street North in Kitchener (Plant 3), two photographs of the 1962 expansion during construction, and three photographs of the plant after the expansion. File also includes an artist's sketch of the plant and a memorandum.

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Facilities : Plant 5 : Greb building on Mansion Street.

File consists of two photographs of the Greb Shoe Company building on Mansion and Chestnut Streets in Kitchener, purchased by Electrohome in [1956?]. One of the photographs has been retouched by hand to show anticipated changes to the building.

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Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge.

File consists of photographs, snapshots, and negatives of buildings around Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge. Includes images of the intersection at King and Frederick Streets in Kitchener, the Dana Porter Library at the University of Waterloo, the interior of the Waterloo City Centre at 100 Regina Street South, Cambridge Place, and the Cambridge campus of Conestoga College.

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Miscellaneous.

File consists of seven photographs. Includes headshots of unidentified men, a portion of an unidentified group photograph, a photograph of men sitting around a table, and other unidentified photographs.

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Miscellaneous : historic.

File consists of seven photographs and ephemera. Includes two mounted photographs taken on the streets of Berlin (Kitchener), including a shot of the Berlin market, town hall, and post office, a photograph of Alex Welker in his LeRoy car, a group portrait of students at Lady Belle [school?], a photograph of the interior of one of Electrohome's plants, and other photographs. File also includes a Christmas card from Elizabeth Pollock to John Koegler, and a page removed from a printed souvenir album containing a picture of C.E. Hoffman's button and suspender factory on Queen Street in Kitchener.

Page is annotated: "Pollock Mfg. Co. - 1908-1909 / upper floor - now SW corner Queen & Charles". File probably belonged to John Koegler.

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Pollock, Carl A.

File consists of photographs and snapshots of Carl A. Pollock at various meetings, events, and presentations, and posing at his desk and on the plant floor. Includes photographs taken at the Winnipeg and Vancouver showrooms, a photograph with D. Lowater and two executives from Lima, Peru, several candid snapshots, and a photograph of a sculpted bust of Carl A. Pollock. File also includes memoranda with descriptions of two photographs.

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Pollock, Carl A. : portraits.

File consists of four formal portraits of Carl A. Pollock, in three different poses. One photograph has been glued to stiff paper and one has been cut to an oval shape and has adhesive on the verso.

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Pollock, John A. : contract signings.

File consists of nine photographs of John A. Pollock and other senior executives from Electrohome and from other companies signing contracts or other documents. Inlcudes photographs from four separate occasions, including the signing of a contract with Xerox.

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Slides : titles.

File consists of seven Electrohome title slides for use in presentations. Slides contain the following text: Electrohome; Electrohome / . . . an extra degree of excellence; Electrohome / partners in business; Electrohome / look 'n listen values; and Electrohome / regardez . . . ecoutez! / voici des aubaines. Includes multiple copies of each slide.

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Sunwapta meeting.

File consists of 57 snapshots taken at an event in Alberta, probably relating to the purchase of Sunwapta Broadcasting and/or an annual meeting. Some photographs include identification on verso. Includes photographs of Edmonton mayor Jan Reimer, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture Don Mazankowski, Alberta Culture and Multicultural Minister Doug Main, and John A. Pollock, William McGregor, and Bruce Cowie of Electrohome. Some photographs were envelopes labelled "totem", "staff", and "C.O." Duplicate photographs may be present.

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Victory Bond advertisements.

File consists of three photographs depicting advertisements for Victory Bonds through Electrohome (two on billboards and one on a truck), a photograph of a display of products produced by Electrohome to support the war effort and promote victory bonds, and a photograph of an airplane in a field.

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Sound Recordings

Series consists of sound recordings containing mainly interviews with Electrohome employees. Includes audio cassettes and an audio reel.

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Computer Disks

Series consists of computer disks originally found in other files. Includes 5 1/4 " and 3.5" computer disks.

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Metal parts (file 2 of 2).

File consists of eight unidentified metal parts that may or may not belong together, and a blue cloth bag labelled "Seagram's" in which the pieces were originally found.

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Electrohome badge.

File consists of a yellow, red, and blue felt badge containing the logo for Electrohome/Est.1907.

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Medallions.

File consists of two medallions, probably belonging to Carl A. Pollock. One medallion is from Rotary International (Osaka West Rotary Club) and one is from The Dominion Life Assurance Company commemorating the first billion dollars of life insurance in force (1960).

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