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Historicist: Sticky Business

The Peter R. Lamb and Co. glue factory generates a big stink.

The Peter R. Lamb and Co. glue factory after a fire on May 20, 1888. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1246, Item 10.

“The offensive odours which are wafted into the Necropolis from Lamb’s glue factory are so powerful that they drive people out of the graveyard.” So claimed an item that ran in the Globe on June 21, 1880, typical of the increasing public complaints about the factory. The factory in question was the Peter R. Lamb and Co. glue and blacking manufactory, which for 40 years stood at the eastern end of Amelia Street, directly north of the Toronto Necropolis cemetery, near the Don River. While it provided employment and various necessary industrial products to the city, Lamb’s glue factory was one of the city’s most fragrant, and thus unpopular, industries.

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