W B Cartwright & Co. Ltd. (1)

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Title W B Cartwright & Co. Ltd. (1)
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Location Rawdon
Photo ID G314
Comment W.B.Cartwright & Co, Ltd, were manufacturing chemists (William Bramwell Cartwright resided at Cragmere, in Rawdon), based in part of the old Larkfield Mill premises. This image shows W B Cartwright (centre) along with other company directors.
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A game of cricket is in progress on playing fields near the works for employees and their families. The Billing seen in the background.

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Men who worked as representatives for the Cartwright company who were manufacturing chemists. Pictured are: J C Nicholson, P Milne, J North-Brown, A E Ashley and B W Dear.

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The despatch department where men are packing the products into crates.

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This was the drug stock room, the company produced patent medicines.

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Men can be seen at work in the Machine Room. 

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This image is captioned, ‘Hand granulation for medicinal tablets’. 

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Two overseas representatives of the company, Mr W Hermon-Slade operated in Australia and Mr S A Smith, covered New Zealand.

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The packing and finishing department, many of the work force are young women.

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An advertisement for ‘Episode’ and Lady Gay perfume marketed under the De Fleury company name.

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Lady Gay perfume advertisement.

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An advertisement for Rhythm perfume, ‘The pulse the rhythm of today’.  Marketed under De Fleury company name. 

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An advertisement for Salutation perfume, ‘For responsive appreciation’ was the marketing slogan for this product. 

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W B Cartwright manufactured several perfumes, this advertisement is for one called ‘Winged Wishes’.

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Five company representatives, Mr E A Lambert, Sales Advertising Manager, Miss L Marion-Croxon of Cragg Row, Rawdon, Miss Elsie W Williams of Nottingham, Mr J W Logan of Glasgow and Mr P C Luty, Larkfield Works, Rawdon. 

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Department for sugar coating pills produced by the company, the caption reads, ‘This dep’t has been much enlarged our male coaters having now returned from the army’. 

Previous Comments:

valryan85a
Worked there in my school hols when it was taken over by Timothy Whites and Taylor.
I packed anti-freeze on a conveyor belt! I was 15, sure it wouldn’t be allowed now!
17 July 2015.

Andrew Ellis
My grandfather, David Ellis, worked at Cartwrights from 1915 to his death in 1954, at the age of 70. He was recruited from the Midland Railway Goods Yard in Hunslet, Leeds for his knowledge of the railway system. His job was to organise the import of raw materials and the export of finished goods. He lived on Gladstone Road, Rawdon, and went home for his ‘dinner’ every day at midday. I have a photograph of him working in the office which I would be happy to make available.
Note: Mr John Rennie, who appears in the picture of Directors at Cartwrights, invented the Rennie indigestion tablet. He was present at my grandfather’s funeral.
05 November 2018.

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