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Photograph of James Kersel Cranston published in the foldout of Philatelic West, Vol. 20, No. 2, August 1902.

James Kersel Cranston (1856-1916), was born on August 14, 1856, at Cedar Creek, Canada, son of Alexander Cranston (1822-1886), and Marion Dickie Cranston (1824-1895).

He graduated Dickie Settlement School.

He was an apprentice stationer in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada.

He married Eva McLean and they had three children Robert Stark Cranston (1882-1950), Helen Cranston(1888) died in infancy; Frederick L. Cranston (1899-1960).

From 1886 Cranston succeed his employer Mr. Youman in his stationery store in Galt, Canada.

In 1902, he issued a series of store cards and tokens in brass and aluminum.

Cranston's advertisement in The Numismatist, Vol. 20, No. 1, January (1902) : 32

He died of rectal cancer on November 7, 1916. He is buried at Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.

Bibliography :

Philatelic West (1902)

The Numismatist