GREAT ANTIQUE PRINT
antique print measures 4" x 4" on paper measuring 8" x 10 3/4
Matted and framed it would make an great addition to any antique
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In the late 1800s and early 1900s
publications were produces depicting scenes of the United States and
the world along with glimpses of art from
the famous museums of the world..
The majority of the population did not travel
and relied upon these publications
to see what the rest of America and the world
really looked like. Photography was
in the mid 19th
century and still in its infancy, printing
processes were developed
these original photographs in publication
for the world to see what
places and the great art masterpieces really
Some of this wonderful
historical record has survived for us to study and enjoy today.
We are offering a collection of Antique prints
which appeared in one of these publication, in 1880.
This is your opportunity to own and preserve a
piece of history
This print is over 100 years old, it is not a modern reproduction.
BELOW IS A SHORT BIOGRAPHY FROM
you this great antique print of CHARLES RAYMOND, one of the leading
manufacturers in Guelph. He is a son of Daniel and Sarah (Greene)
Raymond, and was born in Ashburnham; Mass., January 6, 1826. He
acquired his education in the district schools of his native village
and Fitchburg, and the Dracut (now Lowell) Academy. His father was a
carpenter and joiner, and later in life a carriage maker, and the son
early showed marked skill in handling tools. At the age of seventeen,
Mr. Raymond engaged with the Massachusetts Cotton Mills Company,
Lowell, as machinist apprentice, and after serving his time out, worked
three years as a journeyman for the same Company. From Lowell, in
October, 1877, he went to "Bristol, Conn., where, after a few years, he
engaged in business on his own account. While thus employed his
attention was called to the efforts of others to bring out a practical
sewing machine. He constructed one for himself in the spring of 1852,
and had brought it to a considerable degree of perfection, when the
issue of patents to Mr. Singer led him to lay it by for a season and
give his attention to perfecting machinery for the clock-making
business which was extensively carried on at Bristol. After four years,
however, he again took up the sewing machine, and brought out several
new devices. His first patent was granted in 1857, since which time he
received several others in the United States, Canada, and Great
Britain. In the year 1858 he gave up the business of a machinist and
commenced manufacturing sewing machines. In 1860 he made an effort to
start business in Montreal, but the difficulties to be overcome were
too great to admit of its being made a success, and he had to yield,
sacrificing one-third of his capital. Nothing daunted, Mr. Raymond
determined to try another point in Canada, and in 1862 he located in
Guelph, and began to turn out his little hand sewing machines, now
known and sold all the world over. After locating at Guelph the
business increased very rapidly; new and different patterns of machines
were added to his list, until now (1880) he manufactures four distinct
kinds, and cases them in all styles known to the trade. The small shop
of 1862 has given place to two large factories, with facilities for
turning out from six to seven hundred machines per week. On settling in
Guelph, Mr. Raymond took at once a lively interest in the prosperity of
the place, and has never shrunk from any responsibility placed upon
him. In the School Board and as Chairman of the Building Committee, he
labored long and untiringly in overseeing the erection of the Central
School Building, now so much of an ornament as well as honor to the
city. In the building also of the General Hospital he had a liberal
hand, and has funds in more than one church in the cityóin
several for that matter. Says the Guelph Herald: " It is to his
personal efforts that the people of Guelph are largely indebted for the
advanced public school system, which we now have, and we do no
injustice to others who heartily co-operated with him when we state
that the movement which resulted in our handsome central school
originated with him. The same is true of the County Poor House a credit
to the great County of Wellington, and which would doubtless not have
been secured had it not been for his efforts while in the county
council. We don't make these statements as a mere matter of laudatory
writing, but as a matter of fact, and to show that, while immersed in
the cares of a great business enterprise, Mr. Raymond had not forgotten
less material interests. The large sum he contributed towards the
building of the Congregational Church ushered in a new era in
church-building here, and to other churches he has also contributed
generously. The large and elegant Baptist house of worship owes its
existence largely to his liberality. Without his aid no such a house
could have been built." Mr. Raymond is a member and Deacon of the
Baptist Church, and Superintendent of the Sunday School, and is one of
the live Christian workers of the city. He has long been connected with
the Baptist Missionary Societies of Canada; has been President of both
the Home and Foreign Missionary Conventions, and is an active member of
the Executive Board for Foreign Missions. Mr. Raymond was first married
August 9, 1847, to Miss Mary 0. Marston Sharon, Vt., she dying in June,
1869, leaving two daughters, a son having died in infancy. The second
marriage took place August 17, 1870, to Miss Helen J. Gill, of
Brattleboro, Vt. The elder of the two daughters, Emma A,, is the wife
of John Crowe, foundry man, Guelph, and Ada F. the younger, is the wife
of John B, Miner confectioner, Brantford.
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