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A. Kershaw and Son

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November 1920.
1922
1946.

of 3 Soho Square, London; works in Leeds, maker of reflex cameras, cinematograph projectors, binoculars and scientific projectors.

1888 Abram Kershaw established his business of electrical and scientific instruments in Leeds: Abram Kershaw and Sons

c.1910 Started making Kalee cinema projectors.

1921 Camera manufacturer. Became part of Amalgamated Photographic Manufacturers [1]

1922 British Industries Fair Advert for the Kalee-Indomitable, World's Finest Cinematograph Projector. (Stand No. G. 61h) [2]

With the other camera manufacturers in APM, Kershaw Optical Co and Marion and Foulger, the company became part of the Kershaw group, including the sales arm, Kershaw-SohoLtd.

1948 Kershaw Group was acquired by British Optical and Precision Engineers Ltd; the group included A. Kershaw and Sons, Soho Ltd, Kershaw-Soho (Sales) Ltd, Soundcraft Ltd [3].

Presumably at some point this was the basis of G. B. Kalee Ltd, a sales organisation within Rank Organisation

1956 The name of British Optical and Precision Engineers was changed to Rank Precision Industries[4]

1964 Kershaws was controlled by Rank Organisation but also owned 40% of Rank Precision Industries[5].

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Photomemorabilia Web site
  2. 1922 British Industries Fair
  3. The Times, 10 March 1948
  4. The Times 2 April 1956
  5. The Times 7 September 1964