Advert for the Wanzer Sewing Machine Company
Printer: T Pettitt & Co
Richard Mott Wanzer was the first manufacturer of sewing machines in his native Canada. His business quickly expanded and production grew from one machine a week to 2,000.
His machines cleverly combined the designs of his competitor's machines, in particularly those of the Singer and the Wheeler & Wilson companies. Wanzer sewing machines were highly decorated with floral and scrolled designs in gold leaf. They were compact, easy to use, inexpensive and immediately popular. Wanzer bought patents to sell his machines in Europe and soon they were selling across the world: in England, France, Germany, Austria and even in Egypt and Brazil.