||Joseph Fortier Limited was a bookbinder and manufacturing stationer operating in Montreal in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The firm was the legal continuance of Robert Weir & Company of Glasgow, a well-known wholesale and retail stationery house, established in 1805. The firm was successively Robert Weir & Co., Weir & Dunn, Robert Weir & Co., and James Sutherland. Joseph Fortier came to work for James Sutherland in either 1862 or 1863, and in 1879, the firm became Akerman, Sutherland, Fortier & Co. In 1881, the firm was named Joseph Fortier when he became the sole proprietor. 'A Chronology of Montreal and of Canada : From A.D. 1752 to A.D. 1893' noted that Joseph Fortier was in the business of importing and manufacturing mercantile stationery and of ruling, print, and lithographing as well as of manufacturing accounting books and relief stamping. It also notes that Fortier's goods were at the time in favor with the leading Railway Companies, Banks, Insurance, and Commercial offices in the city of Montreal and throughout the country. A 1915 description of the company noted that it was 'one of the largest houses in its line in the city' and in addition to 'printing of every character, paper ruling, binding, stamping and the manufacture of office suppliers,' the retail store carried 'full lines of counting house and office requisites, mercantile stationery, blank books, filing cabinets, typewriter supplies and every variety of domestic and imported articles needed in office work.' Joseph Fortier was located initially on James Street in Montreal, but moved to Notre-Dame Street West some time between 1897-1905. The firm incorporated in 1912 to become Joseph Fortier Limited. Although it is not known precisely when it ceased operation, advertisements for Joseph Fortier Limited loose leaf binders and sheets ran in the Canadian Jewish Review until 1928. Joseph Fortier himself was born at St. Timothée, County of Beauharnois, and was educated at the old Reeollet School, Montreal. He was a member of The Reform Club, the Club Canadien, St. George Snow Shoe Club, Natural History Society, Chambre de Commerce, British Chamber of Commerce of Paris, Manufacturers Association, Alliance Francaise, Numismatic and Antiquarian Society, and several benevolent organizations devoted to the betterment of mankind.
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