Banner photo of T. A. Lytle’s factory on Sterling Road, circa 2009. Photo by K Taylor.
The T. A. Lytle Company Ltd – Sterling Road, built 1908.
Their business was pickles. Well, pickles and catsups, sauces and fountain supplies … but pickles were what they were proudest of from what I can tell. And why not? Also a proudly Canadian company to boot.
On a side note, I love the idea of “fountain supplies.” I’m envisioning seltzers, malts and other fountainy items. …That’s right, I said fountainy.
Over a hundred years later, the building still celebrates the ghosts of pickles and sauces past.
Here’s an advertisement for the T. A. Lytle Company Ltd., published in the programme for the “Women’s Tribute Night to Great War Veterans” on November 30th, 1916:
Covering all possible hot dog needs, T.A. Lytle also had a sauerkraut line.
Here we get a look at the pickle jars themselves. Of course I can’t say for sure, but they somehow seem smaller than our modern jars.
And finally, here’s a view of Sterling Road looking beyond the T.A. Lytle grounds towards the Tower Automotive building, circa 1912 – 14.
If you’re interested in learning more about the company and Lytle himself, you might find my recent post The T. A. Lytle Story of interest.