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Thomas Cook and Son Ltd.
Head Office - Berkeley Street, Picadilly, London W.1.
1841 Thomas Cook organized and personally conducted the first railway excursion from Leicester to Loughborough for some 500 temperance supporters, who paid a shilling each.
1864 John Mason Cook, son of the founder, became a partner, the firm then assuming the style of Thos. Cook and Son.
The firm developed the system of modern tourist travel including "Cook's Tours".
c.1880 Contracted for construction of a cable-way to carry tourists from the observatory to a small station a few hundred yards from the crater of Mount Vesuvius
1899 After the death of John Mason, the three grandsons of Thomas Cook carried on the business.
1928 Although the firm continued to prosper it was sold, quite unexpectedly, on 8 February 1928 to the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits of Belgium for £3.5 million.