[Westland Aircraft Limited, British aircraft manufacturers.] A duplicated typed official company history headed 'A Brief Westland History'.

Westland Aircraft Limited, Yeovil, Somerset
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'With the compliments of Westland Aircraft Limited, Yeovil, Somerset.' Dated 'November 1971'.

9pp., 8vo. On nine stapled leaves. At end: 'With the compliments of | Westland Aircraft Limited, | Yeovil, Somerset. | Tel: Yeovil (0935) 5222 | November 1971'. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The start of the document gives an indication of the businesslike style of the narrative: 'In 1915 the Directors of Petters Limited, the long-established Somerset heavy oil-engine manufacturers, offered their services to help the war effort. | As a result, the Company was asked to make aircraft and given instructions to proceed with the construction of 12 Short 184 seaplanes.

[ Mercedes-Benz of North America Inc. ] Typewritten account of a visit to the firm by English marketing manager B. D. Ryder, in album with photographs and ephemera.

Bruce Dudley Ryder [ Bruce D. Ryder ] (born 1942), General Manager, Marketing, Mercedes-Benz (United Kingdom) Ltd [ Mercedes-Benz of North America Inc. ]
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[ Mercedes-Benz of North America Inc., One Mercedes Drive, Montvale, New Jersey. ] 10 to 23 May 1981.

The author Bruce Dudley Ryder was a second-cousin of the present Queen – his father Peter Hugh Dudley Ryder (1913-1993; see Who Was Who) having married the Queen's cousin Sarah Susannah Bowes-Lyon – and a great-grandson of the Earl of Harrowby. Ryder had family experience in the fields of business and transport, his father having been for many years head of the transport conglomerate Thomas Tilling Ltd.

Publicity album for Harold C. Harvey of the Homasote Company of New Jersey, manufacturers of wall board, containing 96 cloth-backed photographs, mostly captioned and many architectural, with a few signed on the plate 'Rand '29'.

Harold C. Harvey [Homasote Company of West Trenton, New Jersey, wall board manufacturers, founded in 1909 as the Agasote Millboard Company by Eugenius Harvey Outerbridge (1860-1932)]
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[Homasote Company, West Trenton, New Jersey.] A few of the photographs dated on the plate to 1929.

96 black and white photographic prints, each cloth-backed and with the landscape dimensions 20 x 25 cm. In black leather loose leaf album by Wilson Jones Co., Kansas City. Stamped in gilt in bottom right-hand corner of first leaf, 'HAROLD C. HARVEY'. The prints are in good condition, curling a little at the fore-edge, and with slight creasing at right-hand margin of the first two. The binding is somewhat worn, but still tight, with the three original metal screws holding the album together.

[ Textiles; French ]Collection of 105 items of correspondence, in French, 1815 and 1822 by various companies to Messrs Henry Pierre Delacroix et Fils, textile manufacturers of Elbeuf, Normandy, including accounts and political and social references.

Messrs Henry Pierre Delacroix et Fils, textile manufacturers of Elbeuf, Normandy
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Written between May 1815 and October 1822. Addressed to Messrs Henri Pierre Delacroix et Fils of Elbeuf, Normandy, from various French locations (principally Paris).

105 items of correspondence, in French, in various formats (mainly 8vo). In good condition on lightly-aged paper. Each text clear and complete. The whole contained in a grey paper folder with 'Juillet 1818' on the front wrap. Each item unobtrusively numbered in neat red pencil. Featuring a wide range of the correspondents, as few write more than once. Occasional letters docketed. Accompanied by a modern abstract by a French-speaker, reflecting the difficulty of the various hands contained in the collection.

[Culinary ephemera from Victorian Banbury cake shops.] Six items [printed by Cheney & Sons], including two advertisements for wedding cake boxes by Henry Stone & Son, calling card and letterhead of E. W. Brown's 'Original Cake Shop' ('A.D. 1638').

[Henry Stone & Son, box manufacturers, Banbury; Samuel Betts, cake shop, 70 High St, Banbury; E. W. Brown, cake shop 12 Parson's St, Banbury; Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers]
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[Henry Stone & Son, wholesale stationers and box manufacturers, Banbury; E. W. Brown; Samuel Betts; Cheney & Sons, printers, Banbury, Oxfordshire.] Undated [1880s].

The six items in very good condition, lightly aged. ONE: 'Trade List' by 'Henry Stone & Son, Wholesale Stationers and Box Manufacturers, Banbury', for 'Wedding Cake Boxes'. Printed in green on one side of a piece of 25 x 18.5 cm cream paper. At head are engravings for 'No. 21, with Tabs' and 'Nos. 27 and 28, Orange Blossom Design'. Numbers, names, dimensions and prices are given for six 'White Satin Watered Paper, with Lace Flies', and two 'Special New Design | Orange Blossoms on a Silver Ground'.

[Henry Stone & Son, Victorian stationer and box manufacturer.] Eighteen items of business ephemera [printed for the firm by Cheney & Sons, Banbury], including five illustrated trade lists, display cards, advertisement handbill, letterheads.

[Henry Stone & Son, 'Wholesale Stationers and Manufacturers of all kinds of Cloth & Paper Boxes', Gatteridge Street, Banbury, Oxfordshire; ]
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[Henry Stone & Son, Gatteridge Street, Banbury; Cheney & Sons, Banbury.] Undated [printed around the period 1889-1892].

The Victoria County History volume for the County of Oxford, Banbury Hundred, describes the firm of Stone & Son as an 'important firm [...] founded by Henry Stone, a Banbury bookseller, who in 1871 started to manufacture a patent letter-filing box invented by his brother-in-law, John Cash of Coventry; first the business developed into general cabinet-making and cardboard-box manufacture, then into high-grade colour printing, and finally into fine-art reproduction.

[Victorian London trade cards and musical ephemera.] Two calling cards and a compliments card of Bluthner & Co., Victorian 'Pianoforte Manufacturers'. [The three printed by Cheney & Sons of Banbury.]

[Bluthner & Co., Pianoforte Manufacturers, 7 to 10, Wigmore Street, Cavendish Square, London, W.; Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury]
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Bluthner & Co., Pianoforte Manufacturers, 7 to 10, Wigmore Street, Cavendish Square, London, W. [Printed by Cheney & Sons of Banbury.] All undated [circa 1890].

The three items are in good condition, lightly-aged. The layout, design and typeface of the two calling cards is entirely different, although the text of both reads 'Bluthner & Co., | Pianoforte Manufacturers, | 7 to 10, Wigmore Street, Cavendish Square, London W.' Items Two and Three (the second calling card and the compliments card) are in the same typeface, but are of different design. ONE: Printed in red, with grey-green strips at head and foot, on one side of a 9 x 12 cm piece of white card.

Manuscript report by Bathe & Kindon, floor cloth manufacturers, of the resolutions of a meeting of the London Floor Cloth Manufacturers, with manuscript draft of the unnamed recipients' long reply.

Bathe & Kindon [later Kindon, Powell & Co.], floor cloth and table cover manufacturers, Swan St, Kent Rd, Bermondsey [the London Floor Cloth Manufacturers; Victorian interior design; textiles]
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Swan Street, Kent Road [Bermondsey, London]. 29 January 1853.

The report is 3pp., 4to, on a bifolium. Signed on behalf of the firm: 'Hoping that this information of our proceedings will be satisfactory to you | We remain | Gentlemen | Your Obedt Servants | Bathe & Kindon'. The letter begins: 'Gentlemen - | A Meeting of the London Floor Cloth Manufacturers, was held yesterday - & the result was, a rise of 2d. pr Sq: Yard, on their respective prices - this was carried, after considerable discussion, whether the rise should be 2d or 3d - but the majority decided for the 2d - at present'.

Four folders of notes by Frank Mallalieu of D. & H. Mallalieu, Bailey Mill, Delph, Oldham, Lancashire, compiled while studying in the Department of Textiles Industries, Huddersfield Technical College, including graph patterns and cloth swatches.

Frank Mallalieu of D. & H. Mallalieu Ltd, textile manufacturer, Bailey Mill, Delph, Oldham [Huddersfield Technical College, founded as Huddersfield Mechanics' Institution and now the University of ]
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Huddersfield Technical College; between 1929 and 1939.

These items not only constitute survivals from one of the leading Lancashire textile manufacturers, in an era when the industry in that area was world-renowned, but also of what was considered to be one of the very best of the north of England's celebrated working men's colleges. A total of 507pp., 4to., in four folders. In addition to Frank Mallalieu's meticulous course notes, diagrams and calculations (with occasional tutors' markings), the contents include 99pp. of mimeographed course notes and 47 swatches of material.

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