Photo of paper weighing, Grands Falls Newfoundland paper mill. c. 1930

$65.00 CAD

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Three men, two handling a heavy roll of paper on a hand cart. In front of cart is a weigh scale. At the Anglo-Newfoundland Development Co.’s Pulp Plant in Grand Falls Newfoundland.

Labels on roll:

Anglo-Newfoundland Development Co. Limited
Handle with Care USE NO HOOKS


Title below photo “Weighing & labeling the rolls of paper”.

Comes from photo collection of famed French collector.

Photo glued to thick paper backing, holes for mounting in an album.

Paper backing is curved, especially at bottom. Bottom border also bit frayed.

Photo: 18 x 24 cm

Album page: 26 x 32 cm

(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)


In 1905, the town of Grand Falls was established as a company town…Worried about the impending war in Europe, Alfred Harmsworth (Baron Northcliffe) began looking for an alternative source of newsprint for his family's newspaper and publishing business. During their search for a suitable location to build and operate a pulp and paper mill, Harold Harmsworth and Mayson Beeton, son of Isabella Beeton, the author of Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, discovered Grand Falls. The site had great potential due to access to lumber, the possibility of hydroelectricity and a deep-water port available in nearby Botwood. On January 7, 1905, the Harmsworths and Robert Gillespie Reid, owner of the Newfoundland Railway, formed the Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company, and the mill was constructed and opened on October 9, 1909. The first roll of salable newsprint was not produced until December 22, 1909. Workers came from throughout the colony and the world to help develop the new area. At that time, only employees of the mill and workers from private businesses were permitted to live in Grand Falls…