The early 1900s were a time of change in Canada.
As more and more products became mechanized, there was an increasing push from consumers for labour and time saving devices. New methods of manufacturing meant that more and more people could afford store-bought goods that increased efficiency at home, on the farm and at work.
The Onward vacuum cleaner and Dolph’s metal shingles are both products of the early 1900s – meant to save time and energy. The vacuum cleaner freed the housewife from beating rugs outdoors, while metal shingles meant less repair and upkeep to barn roofs.
Sales from Hilborn’s hockey stick business quickly outpaced its sale of ploughs, reflecting an increase in leisure time in the early 20th century.