KW article in Antique Phonograph News, May-June, 2015:

From "Portable Pastimes" by Betty Minaker Pratt and Bill Pratt in Antique Phonograph News Nov-Dec 2007

In 1893, John K. Stewart and Thomas Clark started manufacturing drive-shafts, sheep shears, horse clippers, and bicycle handle-bars in Chicago. Then they expanded to speedometers for Model T Fords. They bought the Warner company in 1912, and by 1916 Stewart, who loved music, had established a phonograph factory in Chicago. A trademark was filed for the Stewart Phonograph Corp at 2827 N. Lincoln St., Chicago, Il., November, 1916 (R. J. Wakeman).

Talking Machine World, April 1919, p.109. "The Stewart Phonograph Corporation, Limted, capital $40,000, with head office in Toronto, plans to manufacture and deal in talking mchines."

Canadian Furniture World and the Undertaker, May 1919, p. 38: "STEWART PHONOGRAPHS MADE IN CANADA -- Mr. H. G. Shaver is sales manager of the Stewart Phonograph Corporation. Ltd., Toronto, a concern that has acquired all the patents, copyrights and manufacturing equipment from the Stewart Phonograph Corporation, Chicago, and is now manufacturing in Toronto this phonograph with several important improvements. This phonograph has had a phenomenal sale in the United States, the demand at all times, it is said, exceeding the supply. The Canadian corporation is appointing agents, and their plant at 384 Pape Ave.. Toronto, is large enough to take care of all demands made upon it."

Stewarts were manufactured in Toronto as well as in Chicago. A corporate file at the Ontario Provincial Companies Branch indicates there was a separate Canadian company established in Ontario. The pamphlet included with this Stewart shows a Toronto address, probably for the showrooms at 1110 Temple Building, erected in 1896 at Richmond and Bay Street, one of the first large skyscrapers built for the Independent Order of Foresters. There are ads for Stewart in Eatonís catalogues of 1919, 1920, and 1921. Another ad appeared in the Toronto Daily Star, May 10, 1920 showing an asking price of $15.00.

The 1920 Might's City Directory shows Stewart Phonographs as distributors, on Pape Ave. Theodore Vatcher was manager at Pape Ave. in 1922, and Earl M. Jones, manager in 1923. "During these years the firm used the premises of W. H. Banfield & Sons Ltd., manufacturers of lighting fixtures and phonograph motors, 370-386 Pape Ave." (Letter from Toronto City Clerk answering George Wonch, Aug. 30, 1966; courtesy Horst Weggler).

Talking Machine World, January 15, 1920: "W. H. Banfield & Sons, Ltd., is now working at top speed on motors and talking machines. This firm is also producing, under contract, the Stewart phonograph. Here again is a remarkable example of Canadian development in the direction of big business. The Stewart Phonograph Corp., Ltd., a purely Canadian company, has purchased outright the world rights of the Stewart Phonograph. Toronto must benefit by the acquisition of an industry of this magnitude."

The Globe, Sept. 1, 1920, p. 11 stated that Banfield purchased an entire plant from the U.S. and moved it to Toronto. In 1916, during WWI, Banfield made fuses and munitions, and by 1929 they consolidated three electrical equipment companies making switches, outlet boxes, and wiring (Toronto Star, March 20, 1929, p. 13).

Talking Machine World, February 1922, p. 45: In a twist to the usual flow of trade goods "Model C Stewart phonographs, imported from W. H. Banfield &: Sons, Ltd. of Toronto, Canada, and entered at Chicago, were the subject of a reappraisemeut ruling handed down recently by Judge Sullivan, of the Board of United States General Appraisers. They were invoiced and entered at Canadian dollars, $5 each, less 2 per cent, plus 1 per mil excise tax, packing included. They were appraised and are now re-appraised at $8.50 net, excise tax included."

The company later became Stewart-Warner and continued to make televisions, radios, and speakers. Stewart-Warner speedometers were also sold in Toronto (265 Church St.) and across Canada [Pamphlet in the authorsí collection].

The Windsor Main Spring catalogue lists a spring suitable for Stewart at 1 x 0.025 inches x 9 feet, with pear-shaped holes at 50 cents.

Betty found this Banfield letter head in 2014 (courtesy Bill and Betty Pratt collection):

A Banfield phonograph motor, Type BA2.

Cheryl Wright found the following photo of 370 Pape ("Pope"[sic]) circa 1917 at

Text from

Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - March 22, 1920, Winnipeg, Manitoba

An Incomparable Entertainer Brings the fun and fascination of the newest dance magic into Canadian homes this year
the Stewart Phonograph will bring fun and happiness the bubbling cheer of the liveliest music When the young folks
call eagerly for the the Stewart is always the bewitching the newest or the oldtime waltz A veritable fountain of
an amazing volume of true Yet this musical marvel costs but You can carry it from room to Have it on the verandah
in Take it to your summer Carry it in the car or canoe It is the universal entertainer You must hear to realize
what revolution it has brought Plays All Makes of Records Displayed in the windows and on the counters of stores
Hear the Stewart play your favorite any any any size Universal Scientific speed the last A smoothrunning to play
two 10inch records with one Beautiful and durable finish a Mahogany enamel with nickel A veritable musical marvel
this welcome entertainer to rich and poor alike Hear SE ST 6T C De M 230 The Stewart phonograph is made in Can
It is sold all the world Its phenomenal success proves its absolute At any should you require a replacement your
Stewart phonograph need not be idle for many We can meet service demands of every PHONOGRAPH For Sale Book and Hardware
Stores 8cnd direct to us delivery STEWART PHONOGRAPH LIMITED TORONTO

"Presto", December 16, 1922 pg. 21:

Banfield seems to have gone on to produce parts and even other machines themselves. A separate CAPP entry will be made for Banfield's other phonograph products such as "Alethophonic" (of which there is an example in The Musee des Ondes Emile Berliner in Montreal) and "The Golden Throated International".

There is a Canadian patent from 1921 under the name "Harry Sommerville Banfield" (H.S. from the letter head?) which has a drawing that looks like the Stewart.

Talking Machine World, April 1919, p.53. Announcement to the music trade that the Stewart phonograph would be manufactured in Canada.

Canadian Music Trades Journal, May, 1919, p. 78:

Farmer's Magazine, 1920:

Toronto Daily Star April 26, 1920 pg. 6

Morning Leader May 22, 1920:

The Stewart phonograph was advertised extensively by Simpson's department store in its catalogue and in advertisements in Toronto newspapers. This is a Simpson's ad in the Toronto Daily Star, April 12, 1920, p. 24. Note: "The Stewart Phonograph is made in Canada".

Another Simpson's ad in the Toronto Daily Star, May 17, 1921, p. 11.

Their ad in the Toronto Daily Star, April 2, 1923, p. 15, was not for the portable Stewart but for a small, inexpensive upright phonograph that I would not have connected to the Stewart company.

An upright Stewart phonograph in Woodstock, Ontario for sale on Facebook Marketplace in October 2023. Photo submitted by Steve Redman.

Stewart was still advertising its portable as late as 1926 in the Eaton's Catalog.

Two machines from the collection of Domenic Di Bernardo (pics by Cheryl Wright)--one the usual fake wood finish, the other in gold. Labelled "Stewart Phonograph Corp. Ltd Toronto Canada" this is a mahogany-lithographed tin-plate model with a carrying case. On top were nickel trimmings. It has a single-spring motor, a 10-inch turntable and can play two records with one winding. The reproducer pivots forward to play vertical-cut discs. Mike Bryan believes the mahogany case was typical of those made in Toronto, whereas the green or cream probably came from Chicago. Domenic Dibernardo has a gold-coloured case.

In December, 2018 I bought a cleaner Canadian version! I also took a picture at the Banfield sight. Below I have also added a recording of the machine!!!!

Click here to hear and see this machine: