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J. Stead and Co

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Songster Gramophone needles.
March 1949.
February 1955.
June 1955.
January 1957.
May 1960.
May 1960.

of Manor Works, Sheffield. Telephone: Sheffield 20512. Cables: "Steadfast". (1929)

Ditto Address. Telephone: Sheffield 22283. Cables: "Steadfast, Sheffield". (1947)

Founded by John Arthur Stead possibly known as 'Jack'

formerly John A. Stead

1913 March. Mention of J. Stead and Co, Manor Lane, Sheffield.[1]

1914 Advert for staff. J. Stead and Co, Manor Works, Cricket Inn Road.[2]

1916 J. Stead and Co elected members of the Chamber of Commerce.[3]

1919 Advert for 'Songster Needles' - no address.[4]

1919 J. Stead & Co. wire manufacturers, hackle and gill pin manufacturers, Manor Works, Cricket Inn Road

1928 Advert. 'Songster Gramophone Needles' by J. Stead and Co, 'Manufacturers of Talking Machine Needles, Manor Needle Works, Sheffield.'[5]

1929 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Gramophone Needles, Mainsprings, Governor Springs and Sound Boxes. (Stand No. MM.20) [6]

1947 British Industries Fair Advert for: "Songster" Gramophone Products (Needles and Soundboxes); "Vulcan" Mainsprings for Clocks and Gramophones; Industrial Springs; Industrial and Textile Pins; "Stead" Screwdrivers; High Speed and Carbon Steel Drill Bars. Also as Specialists in Meter and Clock Spindles, etc. (Music and Radio Section - Olympia, Ground Floor, Stand Np. C. 1546) [7]

c1849 Commenced making tools - see advert

c1960 Added 'Darwin Tools Division' to the name.

1966 Patent - Improvements in or relating to screwdrivers. [8]

1967 Patent - Improvements in or relating to sliding-blade knife tools. [9]

c1983/4 Went into liquidation and was bought by Richard H. Green.

Became Steadfast Tools.

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Sources of Information

  1. Sheffield Evening Telegraph - Thursday 27 March 1913
  2. Sheffield Evening Telegraph - Monday 23 November 1914
  3. Sheffield Independent - Wednesday 03 May 1916
  4. Sheffield Evening Telegraph - Friday 17 October 1919
  5. Nottingham Evening Post - Friday 10 February 1928
  6. 1929 British Industries Fair p159
  7. 1947 British Industries Fair Advert 77; and p261
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