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John L. Edlund (1873-1957)

Edlund carrying his inventionJohn Edlund came to his new home on Canada Day, 1904, after three weeks at sea with his wife and children. Born in Botne, Norway to Swedish parents in 1873, Edlund took his family and photography business half way around the world to Claresholm, Alberta to join the rest of the Edlund family.

He worked at a creamery for a short while before buying a photography shop in town, where he would work on the weekdays, returning to the family farm for the weekends. Eventually, the Edlund’s moved into town, renovating the shop to call it a home. He soon began working in local theatres, often bringing the children in to help him out with ticket sales or the projector. He managed Rex Theatre in Claresholm, and operated other establishments in High River and Turner Valley.

Edlund retired in 1929 to devote more time to his inventions and, in 1931, he and his wife moved to Calgary. He patented nine of his creations between 1916 and 1957, including the famous lifesaving suitcase, and a faucet, which claimed to run without leaks, drips or chatters.

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