Copyright 2011-2018 John N. Lupia, III

Francis Arthur Norris (1896-1968), was born in Toronto on Tuesday, September 20, 1896, at York, Ontario, Canada, son of Edward George Norris (1865-), a baker and confectioner, and Emma Sivers Norris (1873-).

The 1921 Toronto, Canada, census shows that he was still living with his parents.

However, on June 27, 1921, he married Grace Faithful (1896-), daughter of Franklin and Selina Faithful.

In the 1922 Toronto Directory, he is listed as the Chief Draftsman of the A. B. Ormsby Company, a sheet-metal manufacturer.

Fig. Henry Chapman, Jr., correspondence with Norris postmarked 1923, Courtesy, Lupia Numismatic Library, Special Collection, the Chapman Family Correspondence Archive.

In The Numismatist, September, 1926, page 487, he's listed as an applicant, collecting U. S. Commemoratives. He became ANA Member 3058, the following month.

He registered his merchandise in the Canadian Patent Office, NORRIS— Sterling silver and metal novelties, namely letter openers, cigarette boxes, various forms of small boxes, decanter labels, ink stands, cabinets and jewel boxes. Francis Arthur Norris, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Date of registration: 9th August. 1946. Date of first use: 1st August, 1936.

In the 1963 and 1965 Voter Registration, Electoral district of Spadina, Ontario, he and his wife Grace are listed living at 17 Wyandot Avenue, and he is listed as working in maintenance.

He died on August 13, 1968, at Minden, Ontario.


Special thanks to Ted Banning of the University of Toronto for his invaluable help.

Bibliography :

1921 Toronto census

1922 Toronto Directory

The Numismatist, September, 1926, page 487

Canadian Patent Office, 1947, Vol. 75, Part 3, iii