Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | March 1, 2017

Artifact of the Week. IDEAL POSTAL SCALE, patented by Triner Scale Manufacturing, 1904.


A painted tin, IDEAL POSTAL SCALE, said to have been used at a local Post Office, patented by the Triner Scale Manufacturing Co.  (U.S.) Feb. 28, 1904.  The firm has been the official scale maker for United States Post since the 19th century and is still in business.

The scale is decorated with flower stencils.

Donated by Lois Pearson in 2008.


A stampless envelope from the Raisin River Post Office, Canada West, 1868.  Even though it was now known as Ontario, it took a long time for people to change the name.

The letter to Sheriff D.E. McIntyre reads:

Please seize the wood the wood belonging to Alan D. McDonald in Lancaster… valued at $1,200.  Signed John McIntyre and Archy McDonald.


Mail box rent, $1.50 for the year 1893.


Dead letter notice, 1915.

scan0006 A postcard published by R.M. Pitts, Cornwall, circa 1900.


Part of the original plans for the Cornwall Post Office by Dominion architect John James Browne.


A detail from the drawings for the Cornwall Post Office, dated September 1884.

The archives at the museum has a collection of original drawings for the interior of the Post Office given to us in 1993.


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