[ 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.

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Bradley & Son, Ltd., Reading printers ('The Crown Press'), founded in 1860 [ Robert W. Bradley, director ]
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Bradley & Son, Ltd., The Crown Press, Reading. 1910 to 1937.
£160.00
SKU: 18402

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.