George Hewitt Co. Limited
In 1879 George Hewitt became familiar with the revolutionary technology of rubber stamps that was changing the industries of publishing and advertising of the time. The rubber stamp was the immediate predecessor to the typewriter and compares to the invention of Microsoft Windows in the 1980s.
Founded in 1885
The stamps saved the printing industry time and money, and George became one of the first sales agents in San Francisco for the famous publishing houses S. H. Shepler and Company, and Thompson and Stenhouse. In 1885 George started his own company: The Geo H. Hewitt Co. Limited in San Francisco, California.
George’s new firm began in 1885 as a marking industries manufacturer’s agent for The Los Angeles Rubber Stamp Company (or LARSCo), which dealt in all classes of stamp goods and supplies.
In 1898 George moved north with his wife, Iza. Although George was the owner of several mining claims in Colorado, he did not follow the “Gold Trail of ’98” to the Yukon goldfields. Instead, he set up his company in Yaletown in the growing community of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
In addition to supplying marking devices, the newly located Canadian business now began manufacturing its own products under the Hewco brand name. Products included stamps, corporate seals, stencils and other marking equipment.