In the late 19th century, The Toronto Lithographing Co. Limited was known as Canada’s largest and most advanced litho company.
They commenced their work in 1898 with some of Canada’s best know pioneer postcard series, and carried on into the XXth century with a classic series of patriotic postcards, as well as offering a range of view cards.
A subdomain of this web site is devoted to Toronto Litho, and it is accessed by clicking on the images at bottom left.
In the running up to the 1891 federal election campaign, The Toronto Lithographing Co. Limited was commissioned by the Toronto Industrial League to produce a series of quite beautiful lithographed election posters on behalf of Sir John A. Macdonald’s Conservative Party. The posters painted the Liberals as pro-American.
The posters were attributed by the Canadian Archives as possibly designed by well-known cartoonist J.W. Bengough.
According to The Canadian Encyclopedia
, the production of the posters set “a precedent for the collaboration of governmental and quasi-governmental bodies with advertising and graphic art houses in the production of official propaganda”, a practice quite common today.
Some examples are shown at left, from Library & Archives Canada’s collection.