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Organisation: Newton & Co., lantern and slide manufacturer and supplier

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Trade mark of Newton and Co.

'Newtonian' trade mark used in 1910s

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Newton & Co.
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Newton & Co.
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lantern hardware manufacturer
slide manufacturer
optical instrument manufacturer
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Main period and nation of relevant activity
1850s-1950s, England

The 1920 London Gazette reference is a notice of the dissolution of the partnership between H.C. Newton and R.S. Wright on 30 June 1920. Both would continue in business, confusingly both under the company name 'Newton & Co.' - Newton carried on the business at 37 King Street and Wright that at 72 Wigmore Street.

Related organisations

took over business of York & Sons

took over business of Wilson Brothers, c.1908

took over business of W.E. & F. Newton, 1858

took over business of Philip H. Fincham

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Archive source

London Gazette, no. 32,050 (14 September 1920), p.9257 – dissolution of partnership between Herbert Charles Newton and Russell Wright

‘Notes’ in OMLJ 10.123 (August 1899), p. 94
  –  opening new factory

“Newton & Co.'s New Scientific Instrument Factory

Owing to greatly increased business, Messrs. Newton and Co., of Fleet Street, E.C., have found it necessary to open a new factory at 1, Little James Street, W.C., where in future the well-known 'Apps-Newton' induction coil, multiple-plate Wimhurst electrical machines for X-ray work, and instruments for wireless telegraphy will be made. This will relieve the strain on their Fleet Street factory, which will be devoted entirely to the manufacture of the projection and other forms of science lanterns for which this firm is noted. Lantern slides will, as hitherto, be made and finished at their Dalston and Islington factories.”

Lewis Wright, ‘Apparatus for scientific demonstration’ in NMLJ 2.1 (January 1981), pp. 5-6
John Barnes, ‘The Barnes Museum: catalogue excerpts’ in NMLJ 1.2 (February 1979), pp. 5-6
T.C. Hepworth and J.H. Pepper (comp. Tony Dugdale), ‘A brief history of the lantern’ in NMLJ 1.1 (April 1978), p. 4
David Robinson, Stephen Herbert and Richard Crangle (editors), Encyclopaedia of the magic lantern (London: Magic Lantern Society, 2001), pp. 209-210
‘Notes’ in OMLJ 7.90 (November 1896)
  –  new slide sets
‘Notes’ in OMLJ 8.95 (April 1897)
  –  acquiring slide rights to Nansen's photographs
‘Notes’ in OMLJ 10.127 (December 1899), p. 159

“Telegraph Cypher for Newton's Slides

In the new catalogue issued by Messrs Newton & Co., of Fleet Street, they have adopted a distinguishing letter or letters, such as A, B, C, L, T, etc., for their different sets of slides, an arrangement which will greatly expedite matters with those ordering sets by telegram. With one or two exceptions all the slides of this firm are now made at their new factory, and we learn that their popular set of slides of South Africa and the Transvaal are being added to.”

‘Notes’ in OMLJ 11.131 (April 1900)
  –  new set of Boer War slides
Hermann Hecht, ‘Some English magic lantern patents’ in NMLJ 2.2 (January 1982), p. 6
Lucerna ID 1000428

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 27 April 2023

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