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Samuel Jones and Co

From Graces Guide
March 1911.
c 1913. Camberwell Mill.
c 1913.
1929. British Industries Fair catalogue.
c1930s. Aerial view of Camberwell Beaty group of mills.
April 1943.
1943 April.
July 1943.
March 1945.
December 1945.
March 1949.
October 1949.
October 1949.


May 1954. Letter Sent By Samuel Jones and Co to Empire Furnishing Co.


October 1954.
May 1955.
1966. Camberwell Mill.
1966. Fleet of delivery vans.
1966. 4-ton Ford "D" van.

of Bridewell Place, London, EC4. Telephone: City 9407 (8 lines). Cables: "Noncurling, London". Mills in Camberwell, Surrey and Tillicoultry, Scotland. (1929)

of New Bridge Street, London, EC4. Telephone: Central 6500. Cables: "Non-curling, London". (1947)

Mills also at Letchworth and St Neots and Ware

1810 Company founded by Edward Jones

Business expanded under Edward's son Samuek

1868 Samuel Jones purchased 67 and 69 Peckham Grove for use as the centre for his stationery business

Samuel Jones ran the company for a further six years before he relinquished control of the organisation to his son James. However the company continued under Samuel’s name and thrived from its Peckham base.

1874 Edward's grandson James Jones founded the partnership: Samuel Jones and Co, trading principally in gummed paper.

1905 The factory acquired patents that allowed it to start producing non-curling gummed paper. This enabled the firm to produce blank paper with a gummed back, as opposed to putting the gummed adhesive on printed sheets. (The gummed paper was predominately used for posters but also used on stamps, and in more recent incarnations such as post-it notes and stickers). The paper was mass produced and distributed to printers to use as they wished. Business increased and the company expanded.

1912 The factory and firm adopted the Camberwell Beauty butterfly emblem. (Two specimens were first caught in England in 1748, in Coldharbour Lane). The firm adopted the logo to demonstrate the possibility of printing several different colours on one piece of paper.

1920 Private limited company Samuel Jones and Co Ltd

Two subsidiaries - Samuel Jones and Co (Engineering) Ltd and Samuel Jones and Co (Export Ltd

By the 1920s the factory at 67 had expanded into a complex of buildings that spanned Southampton Way and was one of the key employers in the area.

1924 The firm won a ten year contract to gum British postage stamps.

1924 Acquired Samuel Jones and Co (Devonvale) Ltd, a company formed in 1920 jointly with a Scottish producer.

1929 British Industries Fair Advert for Noncurling Gummed Papers; various other papers; 'and many Stationery lines'. Manufacturers of Gummed and Coated Papers, Cover Papers, Fancy Papers. "Nulli Secundus" Stationery Lines, including Bottle Gum, Passe-Partout** Materials, Gummed Tapes for Household and Commercial Use, Sealing Machines, Label Damping Devices. (Stationery Section - Stand No. R.23) [1]

1937 Adhesives and adhesive tape manufacturers. [2]

1945 They became the first company to produce self-adhesive labels in the UK.

1946 Established mills at Letchworth

1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Gummed and Coated Papers, Gumstrip Sealing Tapes and Sealing Machines, Printed Gumstrip, Resin Coated and Impregnated papers, Adhesives, Self-Adhesive Tapes, Stationery Products, Fancy Papers, Envelopes, Printings, Writings, Cover Papers. (Olympia, 1st Floor, Stand No. H.2141) [3]

1948 Established Samuel Jones and Co (Holdings) Ltd

1950 Acquired the Okestubbe Mill near St Neots of Portals (John Allen and Sons)

1955 Established mills at Ware

1960s They worked with London Transport to develop oxide ticket material which was used for tube and bus tickets. They also experimented with the development of fire extinguishers, and own patents in this area.

1961 Manufacturers of gummed and coated papers and adhesives, also wholesale stationers. 2,700 employees. [4]

1966 Samuel Jones and Co became part of the Wiggins Teape Group and, in turn, part of Princeton Packaging.

1982 The firm left the Camberwell area, but the mosaic of the Camberwell Beauty remains to adorn the side of Lynn Boxing Club on Wells Way.

c.1804 The first British paper-making machine was built for the Okestubbe Mill near St. Neots in Huntingdonshire, which enabled paper to be produced very much more rapidly.

NB **

  • Passe-partout = a kind of simple picture frame, usually pasteboard, the picture being fixed by strips pasted over the edges. [5]

See Also


Sources of Information

  • [1] Southwark News
  • [2] Thomson Financial Mergers and Acquisitions
  • The Times, Jul 27, 1960