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Amalgamated Photographic Manufacturers

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of 3 Soho Square, London, W1. Telephone: Regent 1230. Cables: "Noiram, Wescent, London" and Norfolk Street, Manchester.

1920 The 'Selo' company was formed for joint R and D, and the sensitising of roll films in Woodman Road, Brentwood, Essex, by Ilford, Imperial, Gem and a consortium of seven other UK manufacturers, that eventually took the umbrella name of Amalgamated Photographic Manufacturers.

1921 Amalgamated Photographic Manufacturers Ltd was formed to bring together seven British companies. The original seven companies comprised[1]:

By 1927 Ilford had bought a controlling interest in all the other firms concerned in Selo (among them Thomas Illingworth and Co).

1928 Four of the seven members of APM, all being the ones who made sensitised materials, became APeM Ltd (Amalgamated Photographic Equipment Manufacturers) and subsequently became part of Ilford (though Rotary had already joined with Rajar in 1917).

The other part of APM were camera manufacturers Kershaw Optical Co, A. Kershaw and Son and Marion and Foulger which became Kershaw-Soho Ltd.

1929 Advert in British Industries Fair Catalogue as an Optical, Scientific and Photographic Exhibit. Manufacturers of Photographic Dry Plates, Papers and Roll Films, etc.; Box and Folding Roll Film Cameras; Reflex and Studio Cameras and Accessories; Cinematograph Projectors; Binoculars; Lenses; Therapeutic Arc Lamps; Mounts, Albums, etc., etc. (Scientific Section - Stand No. O.45) [2]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Feb 08, 1921
  2. 1929 British Industries Fair Advert 123; and p7
  • Camerapedia