Re: Bilton Brothers LtdFebruary 19 2009 at 4:33 PM
|Roy, Roger |
Response to Re: Bilton Brothers Ltd
Well it would appear we both collect CEF tunics from your photos.
Please keep me in mind if you ever part with it or trade it.
See the email I send to a fellow collector below regarding Fairbank.
"I decided to dig some more today to see if I could find out more about
possible Charles Oliver Fairbank existing
Here is what happened....
Through a string of luck and research, I managed to get in touch with the
curator of the Ontario Oil museum who then gave me the phone number to
reach Oliver's Grandson. I spoke to Oliver Fairbank the 3rd today
He was more than happy to talk about his famous Grandfather and father and
he is a bit of a history buff.
Here is the rundown, it would appear this shirt belonged to either Fairbank
the 1st or the 2nd.
He told me his father did serve in uniform but from 1940 to 44? as an
instructor here in Canada.
He also took a look at the shirt (via photo email) and told me he was almost
certain that it belonged to his grandfather, not his father.
Lucky for me he had many photos of his father during the second world war in
uniform which he faxed to me, none of the shirts
worn in the photo's resemble the style of the shirt in question, the ones
his father worn were quite the fashion for the 1940's, pointed collar, non
removable, and the collar was the same color as the shirt...etc.
He also told me his Grandfather, which was a Doctor had the nick name "The
little doctor" due to his small size, this shirt looks as if it would fit a
young boy, very small whereas his father was a bigger man. He also said it
was typical of his grandfather to have his name monogrammed in his shirts.
felt confidant that this was not his fathers shirt, nor his but his
He was so enthralled with my call that he took my phone number and asked me
email this stuff to his wife who has written a book of the family history.
The Fairbanks are a well know Oil family.
I did some research on the company that made the shirt and this is what I
found, they were established in 1879, but I cannot find when they ceased