Canvas Products Co.

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Text on Button CANVAS PRODUCTS 3328 ST. CLAIR AVE. CLEVELAND 14, OHIO UT 1-2244 Service- Repairs New Tarpaulins
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Before the ubiquitous plastic blue tarp, canvas was the preferred material for making tarps. The full word, tarpaulin, is a compound word from “tar” and “palling” which refers to sailors covering objects on ships with tar-coated canvas palls.

Canvas Products Co. is not well documented, although they are in the 1955 Cleveland City Directory. At best estimate, this clip dates between 1949 and 1963.


Cleveland Ohio City Directory. (1955). Retrieved from…

Tarpaulin. (2020). Retrieved from

Private correspondence with Bob Prochko, Cleveland historian

Catalog ID IN0099