[ Bradley & Son, Ltd., Reading printers ('The Crown Press'). ] Eight printed items (Wayzgoose and dinner invitations, illustrated publicity brochure, articles of association) and sixteen photographs illustrating the various departments of the works.
24 items, 21 of which are in good condition, lightly aged and worn, but with two of the photographs curling at head, and a magazine (described below) dog-eared and creased. Of the printed items, the first seven are produced in elegant style by the firm itself, and comprise: 'Memorandum and Articles of Association of Bradley & Son, Limited. Incorporated the 4th day of October, 1910.' (Brain & Brain, Solicitors, Reading), twenty-four-page booklet in grey wraps; nicely-printed booklets for 'The Annual Wayzgoose', 1930 and 1937; similar booklet for 'Annual Outing of the Employees of Bradley & Son, Ltd. The Printers, Reading'', to Southend-on-Sea, 25 June 1932; impressive publicity pamphlet advertising the firm's new premises at Little Crown Yard, Reading, on twelve pages, each with tipped-in photograph of a different department in the building; programme for a 'Group Meeting at Reading, On Saturday, Sept. 24th, 1921' of the Home Counties' Alliance of Master Printers, illustrated with photographs of the town; and programme for the Crown Press Social Club 'Eighth Annual Dinner', 1937. The eighth item is a copy of the 'World's Press News and Advertising', 4 June 1931, featuring a long article titled 'Printers To-day Prefer "Estimates" to "Guestimates" | An Interview with Robert W. Bradley, Director, Bradley & Sons, Ltd., Reading'. All the photographs are black and white. Five of them, all 16 x 20.5 cm, and neatly mounted on grey board, form a set, with two dated 13 November 1929. Three show various departments of the firm's works, and a fourth (of which there are two near-identical copies) is a photograph of firm's workers posed in rows outside the front of the factory. The other eleven photographs, all loose and 15 x 20.5, comprise different internal and external shots of the factory and workers, with another posed picture of the workforce.