Royal and U.S. Mail S.S. Boston Yarmouth N.S.
Warwick Brothers & Rutter, Ltd #3504.
Some nicks along edges. Stain on back UL corner.
In May 1885 L. E. Baker established the Yarmouth Line after purchasing the Clements wharf and the SS Dominion from the Nova Scotia Steamship Company. Previously, in November 1884, Baker and Captain Harvey Doane had bought the SS City of Saint John; subsequently Baker acquired the SS Alpha in January 1886. With these steamers the Yarmouth Line offered passenger and freight services from Yarmouth to Halifax, Boston, and Saint John. When in February 1887 Baker organized the Yarmouth Steamship Company, not only did it begin to operate the Yarmouth Line but it raised capital to purchase for the Boston service the SS Yarmouth, which began operation in May 1887, and the SS Boston, which began in September 1890.
Warwick Brothers & Rutter, Ltd., a Toronto-based printing company, is known to have published in the vicinity of 7,500 picture postcards between 1903 and 1912. Warwick produced colour lithographed cards on its own presses in Canada rather than outsourcing that work to printers in Germany or England, as was then the prevailing practice among its Canadian competitors (and among postcard publishers in most other countries as well).
Warwick was the first Canadian firm to enter the field with Canadian-made coloured cards, leading the way in three-colour and four-colour printing processes and making available the highest class of color printing at a popular price.