Smith Family

The Smith family of Toronto had a success story to tell. Four generations of Smiths had been involved in the family business, founded in 1843 as a repair shop for wagons and buggies and eventually becoming the highly regarded Smith Bros. Motor Bodies, manufacturer of custom vehicles.

With no more than a box of photographs and some family research, Angela Smith turned to Blakeley Words+Pictures for help in developing that story into a lavishly illustrated company history. We provided a writing framework, edited the text through several drafts, made photographic improvements, and designed the book.

As the project was intended for a very limited run, it had no traditional publisher. Blakeley Words+Pictures took on the production and organized the printing, bringing Smith Bros.: Four Generations out under our own imprint using a print-on-demand model.


An illustrated history of a family business.


Development, editing, design, photographic work, and production of a 13 x 11" hardcover.

The cover shows our colourization of the iconic Labatt's Streamliner, manufactured by Smith Bros.