Kitchener Public Library Digital Collections
Wm. Knell and Co.
Description
Media Type
Image
Item Type
Photographs
Description
Black and white image shows four men standing in front of a storefront. Above the door and windows, possibly on an awning, are the words: Wm, Knell, & Co. That name also appears on the glass surface of windows on either side of the entrance. On one side is the word Plumbing and on the other the word Heating. To the right of the store a tree and a wagon are visible.
Notes
Wm Knell & Co. is the name of a business that was launched in Berlin, ON (now Kitchener) in 1906. It was a plumbing and heating shop at 53 Queen Street South, which may be where this photo was taken. The storefront at that address in 2020 looks very different. In 1910 the growing firm moved to 27 King St. W., its home for several decades. The address of the building later was changed to 45 King St. W. This building in 2020 holds a restaurant. However, it doesn't appear to be the building in the photo. The Queen Street South building was next to the town skating rink in the area where Charles Street crosses Queen Street today.

William Knell & Co. continued to grow as a hardware retailer and as a providing of plumbing, heating and tin-smithing services. In 2019, Wm. Knell & Co. is still operating in Kitchener on Shirley Drive as a wholesale supplier of doors and hardware supplies relating to doors and building entrances. Nelco Kitchener Ltd. was another company created as a spin-off from the original Wm. Knell & Co. It operated a retail hardware store at 45 King St. W. for many years, plus a plumbing and heating and sheet metal business on Edwin Street in Kitchener. In 2019, now called Nelco Mechanical Ltd., it continues in business on Edwin Street.
Date of Original
1908
Date Of Event
1908
Dimensions
Width: 20.5 cm
Height: 25.3 cm
Image Dimensions
Image Width: 19.1cm
Image Height: 24cm
Subject(s)
Personal Name(s)
Knell, George William "Bill" Knell, 1881 - 1969
Corporate Name(s)
Wm. Knell & Co ; William Knell and Company Limited
Local identifier
P000739
Collection
Waterloo Historical Society
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Wm. Knell & Co., Kitchener original site:
    Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4489628169604 Longitude: -80.4896847937012
Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Location of Original
PB11
Terms of Use
If you would like to obtain a digital or print copy of this image, please see KPL's Photographic Reproduction Policy at http://www.kpl.org/localhistory/photographs

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Wm. Knell and Co.


Black and white image shows four men standing in front of a storefront. Above the door and windows, possibly on an awning, are the words: Wm, Knell, & Co. That name also appears on the glass surface of windows on either side of the entrance. On one side is the word Plumbing and on the other the word Heating. To the right of the store a tree and a wagon are visible.