is often very difficult to source examples of Stationery, ie
Letterheads, Bills, Brochures etc, even from the recent past. Examples
that I have found of the Company's literature I have included here but
there are gaping gaps and the chances of being able to fill them are
not good. I have, whilst trawling through the documents at the Record
Office left there by Henry Holladay, quite an interesting selection of
the Rubber Stamps and Embossed stamps used by the business - anything
without the "Ltd" is pre 1925 and cross reference with the Timeline
will help the enthusiast in this field to more accurately ascertain the
period of each differing style.
Generally samples of letterheads, even post World War 2, are hard to source. I have examples from the 40s and 50s but the latest I have found to date is April 1973.
A variety of printers were used, some no longer exist; names such as W.V. Cole & Sons, Wheatons, William Pollard, Besley & Dalgleish Ltd & the Devon & Somerset Steam Print Works of Exeter appear over the years. Pollards are very much still in business in Exeter but unfortunately they have not kept samples of the printing that they performed for Garton & King since 1945 and the destruction of their premises during WW 2 destroyed any that they might have had for pre 1940 years but they were, over the years, the preferred printer and indeed the Pollard and Holladay families were friends in my father's and grandfather's era; indeed the Pollard family were offered by my grandfather temporary accommodation in 3 Pennsylvania Crescent after their home was destroyed completely during the bombing of Exeter in WW2, which they eagerly accepted.
As is often the case nobody thought of keeping examples of printed matter during the latter years of the business and the thought did not occur to anyone involved in the clearing of the Offices, Machine Shop or Foundry at Tan Lane on the closure of the Foundry to do so. This was 1979 / 80.
HOWEVER ! - anyone reading this article is encouraged, particularly if their work is for an established local business, to keep a watchful eye open. The Company installed heating systems in all manner of locations, many in Devon, and supplied castings for many local authorities as well as performing Aga Installations and selling Kitchen Appliances. Machine Work was performed at Tan Lane - and of course any member of staff would have received documentation from the Company in the form of Payslips and internal mail and even Forms of Apprenticeship and matters relating to their general employment and conditions. All these operations would have involved paperwork of some description, whether in the form of a quote, an advice note, a bill of sale, a Tender Document, or just a run of the mill letter.
Please contact me if you ever come across any of these items - see the About Me section.
of the omission of the word "Limited" (Ltd) all the Rubber stamps date
prior to 1925 - the description of the operations of the business vary.
One particular stamp of interest is the one showing the business as
"King & Munk" and this can be dated to approximately 1883 / 1885.
The photo of the Embossed Stamp is from the 1924 / 1925 Document confirmimg the status change of the business to a Limited Company.
These are in rough date order - the earliest, 1788 is first. This is a small selection from the few examples that still exist. Much economy was exercised in the past and examples in the style of the Blue 1860s notepaper exist purely because they were torn in half and used as scrap or were written on or drawn on the reverse. Quite why blue was chosen as a colour for notepaper escapes me as the black printing does not stand out too well against this background colour. What is, unfortunately, missing is the headed notepaper of the 30s, 40s, & 50s. I recall the notepaper was of particularly high quality with the words Garton & King in raised waxed lettering on a good quality paper - to date I have not found an example.