Andrew King at the press. Sons Stirling and Bill in background.
1 January 1950
With the return of my son Stirling, at the close of the Second World War, the partnership of King and Sons was set up. Stirling took over management of The Mercury and the news desk. William shouldered the responsibilities connected with the poster and commercial printing department, including that of contact man with fair and exhibition executives. (Excerpt from Paper, Pen and Ink by Andrew King, Pg 188)
Son Bill King carving a block.
1 January 1940
Large Clown and Girl with Ferris Wheel Drawing King Show Prints and Enterprise Show Prints
1 January 1920
An additional linotype was purchased, and automatic presses installed together with other modern equipment. The staff was constantly growing in numbers so that by the late ‘50s between 30 and 35 were on the payroll, to make it the largest among all Estevan town industrial establishments.
The heavy seasonal volume of circus and carnival printing had then bee augmented by an increased amount of commercial printing which was partially spurred by the expansion of the adjacent oil fields.
The Mercury did not lag. Its weekly average number of pages increased, and the subscription list reached a figure that at the time was only exceeded by two or three other weeklies in the whole province. ...
Another addition was made to the building which more than tripled its original size. It was built with foundations ready to take on the weight of a second storey, to take care of expansion in the future.. (Excerpt from Paper, Pen and Ink by Andrew King, Pg 188-189)