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1930 Industrial Britain: Lewis Berger and Sons

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THE reference is, of course, to the 70-years-old "House of Berger," makers of colours, paints, varnishes, enamels, stains, distempers, and lacquers for every surface and purpose, from distempering a bungalow to decorating the new Dominion Theatre, painting the huge Carreras and Firestone factories, preserving the great Sydney Harbour Bridge, colouring the London "General" 'buses, "finishing" Sir Henry &grave's record-breaking "Golden Arrow" and "Miss England," and the "Southern Cross" world-flight aeroplane.

The main article of Berger faith is that a 170-years' reputation imposes the necessity that every scrap of output must live up to it. The consummation is assured, as far as is humanly possible, by the fall that the House is independent of outside sources of supply, controls within its organisation every essential to its products - makes its own dry colours, including Vermilion, its own varnishes and cellulose lacquers, its own tin cans and iron kegs, has its own independent water supply, and runs its own printing plant and its own cellulose refinishing Station.

Besides the parent company with Headquarters at Homerton, there are associated companies with large production factories at Sydney (Lewis Berger and Sons, Australia, Ltd.), Wellington (Lewis Berger and Sons, New Zealand, Ltd.), Durban (Lewis Berger and Sons, South Africa, Ltd.), and Paris (Societe Anonyms, Lewis Berger and Sons), and warehouses and Stores, offices and agencies in every commercial centre throughout the world.


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