Norman Brooks of NS (of Cremonaphone fame) sent in the following in Feb. 2010:
'Though the land is vacant now, in the first half of the twentieth century, the site was the home of a number of industrial businesses. In 1908, Palmer Piano Co. built a factory there but the company lasted less than a year before Toronto's Gold Medal Furniture moved into the building. Gold Medal started making radios and gramaphones in the 1920s and lasted until 1926. From then on, records of the new owners become "a little fuzzy," said Allan McGillivray of the Uxbridge-Scott Museum and Archives. Eventually, the factory, which was large enough to have its own water tower, burned down in 1944, a woolen mill being its last occupant. Today, apparent concrete and stone debris from the factory are hidden among the trees and brush.'
Betty Pratt sent in Nov. 2009 (in response to some one's question regarding a radio): "During research on Standfield Macpherson we found Reginald Standfield became factory manager of Gold Medal in Uxbridge from 1923-26 before he went on to work out West for Hudson's Bay Co. I have the Patent Office Record of March 22, 1921 when they registered the words Gold Medal."
Machine pictures from Norman:
From "Tales From the Uxbridge Valley", by Allan McGillivray, 2000 The Uxbridge Millennium Committee, page 102-103:
"After a fire at the Uxbridge Piano and Organ Company in 1907, the Palmer Piano Company built a huge factory by the railway just south of where the Co-op store is located today, but they only lasted a short time and were followed into the factory in 19012 by the Gold Medal Furniture Company, which soon had a staff of ninety. In 1922, it became the Gold Medal Radio & Phonograph Company, making Quadradyne Radios and Gold Medal Phonographs until 1926."
Possibly the same picture from Downright Upright A History of the Canadian Piano Industry on page 90 with the caption: "The Palmer Co. built this larger factory c. 1908. The company only lasted a year in Uxbridge. The building became the Gold Medal Furniture Co. factory until it was destroyed by fire."
Betty Pratt found Gold Medal adverts in the Toronto Star 1924 to 1925. Below is a detail (edit by KW) of the best ad, it is from Nov. 7, 1924:
1924 (?) advert, origin unknown--possibly Ottawa paper. Grill motif very similar to what's left of that on real machine below.
Canadian Music Trades Journal, Sept. 1923, pg 54 collection Bill and Betty Pratt (pic, KW):
to the Uxbridge Historical Centre
(Uxbridge-Scott Museum and Archives)
with the kind permission of :
I was able to visit the Historical Centre and with Rachel's permission, I now add the following pictures of the above machine:
There is a clip on Youtube listed as:
"Published on Apr 8, 2012 by SouthMarch1823
Gold Medal Radio Phonograph Corporation Limited
manufactured radios, phonographs and wood cabinets from
1922-1926 in Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada. The company was
owned and operated by the McMurtry family of Toronto."
The link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o43rps08ggM