Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Daler-Board Co

From Graces Guide

The Daler Board Co was incorporated in 1946, starting life the previous year when Terry Daler returned from a German prison camp. With his brother Ken and brother-in-law Arthur, they initially started business as sign writers.

During the Second World War, shop signs along the south coastal towns of England had been painted out so that invading Germans would not know where they were. As a result, the business thrived in the years that followed the end of the war as shop signs were re-painted once more.

Another little known shortage of wartime was the inability for artists to obtain canvas. Typically, an oil painting requires a sealed, toothed surface to pull the thick oil colour off the brush. Arthur, a talented artist himself, improvised to create a new surface to replace canvas. Cardboard was sealed and primed through a mesh (we believe he used a kitchen net curtain), which when removed left a perfectly textured surface. Arthur’s canvas substitute was eventually developed into a commercial product and the Daler Board was born.

Daler developed a variety of products across the whole spectrum of artist’s materials between 1945 and 1960 including pads such as the distinctive red and yellow Series A. Other new products to the Daler range included canvas panels, stretched canvas, mountboard and artist’s luggage.

In 1975, Daler introduced the first synthetic brush to the artists materials market. ‘Dalon’ was the first real rival to the sable brush for over 100 years.

1983 Acquired George Rowney and Co from Morgan Crucible.

2016 The Daler-Rowney group joined the F.I.L.A. Group[1]


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Sources of Information

  1. [1] F.I.L.A.
  • [2] Daler-Rowney Website