J.C. Wilson Patriotic Postcards, Envelopes & Stationery

J.C. Wilson & Co. Limited was a Montreal, Quebec-based maker of papers who printed a series of patriotic postcards and envelopes, from 1897 to 1902, to "show the patriotic feeling of the colonies towards the mother country".

J.C. Wilson & Co. was the first Canadian publisher to create a series of patriotic postcards and envelopes that were widely distributed and which received wide public use, at a point when Canadian spirits were running high, first with Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897, and soon after with references to other themes of the day, leading up to and including the Second Anglo-Boer War of 1899 through 1902. Check out one of the highlights of the collection shown on this site, the Boer War Usages of J.C. Wilson patriotics.

The company also went on to create a second series of postcards and envelopes with their Sports & Pastimes of Canada series.
The Wilson Family

According to Joseph Graham, "James Crockett Wilson was born in Ireland in 1841 the son of Samuel Wilson and Elizabeth Crockett. They arrived in Montreal in the spring of 1842, five years before the beginning of the Irish potato famine." "In 1870, he set up his own company manufacturing paper bags and is credited with making the first flat-bottomed paper bag and with being the first to supply paper bags to grocery stores in Canada.

Further information is available in Joseph Graham’s book “Naming the Laurentians”, which makes extensive use of material from Patty Brown, the great, great grand-daughter of J.C. Wilson and member of the Toronto Postcard Club.

For an extended biography of the Wilson family and their role in founding one of the largest paper companies in Canada, see this web site.
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WLS-P12 God Save the Queen used from Niagara Falls to the USA in 1901.

WLS-P08 Type II used from a Canadian soldier en route to the Boer War to his mother in Ottawa.

WLS-E10 used from Montreal to a Canadian soldier in South Africa in 1900.

J.C. Wilson & Co. Limited

These envelopes supplied gratis, for free distribution to CANADIAN SOLDIERS in, and going to South Africa, by Nelson Lodge, Sons of England, Almonte, Ont., Canada.