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Memorable Manitobans: William Aiken Taylor (1884-1952)


Born at Belfast, Ireland on 28 December 1884, son of William Taylor (1850-1938) and Anna Kelso Aiken (1859-1934), he came to Winnipeg in 1903 where he managed the photo processing business of Duffin and Company. In 1911, he established his own Taylor’s Limited which he managed until retirement in 1948. Photographs processed by his firm were typically stamped “Taylor Made” on their backs. On 20 June 1918, he married Florence Harriet Speed (1895-1973) and they had four sons: William A. Taylor (?-1984), George Andrew Taylor (1923-?), Jack Richard Taylor (1926-2013), and Harry Taylor (1927-?). He was a member of the Masons (Fort Garry Lodge). He died at Winnipeg on 12 April 1952 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Photographic firm founder dies at 68 years,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 April 1952, page 8.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 November 2017

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