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Barnet Ensign

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1951

of Fulbourne Road, Walthamstow, London, E17. Telephone: Larkswood 1081. Cables: "Barensco, London"

1945 Houghton-Butcher Manufacturing Co or its subsidiary Ensign entered an association with the film maker Elliott and Sons (maker of the film brand Barnet) and became Barnet Ensign.

Post-WWII. After the war, the company soon abandoned the sophisticated Ensign Commando rangefinder camera and continued the range of Ensign Selfix and Ensign Autorange folding cameras, while introducing new models like the Ensign Ranger or the Snapper.

1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of ensign Cameras, Roll Films, Cine and Photographic Apparatus. Barnet Plates, Flat Films and Papers. (Olympia, Ground Floor, Stand No. A.1117) [1]

1948 Ross and Barnet Ensign were merged to Barnet Ensign Ross Ltd., which was finally renamed Ross-Ensign Ltd in 1954.

1951 Advert on this page for Roll Film. [2]

1946 Among simpler cameras, a new version of the Ensign Ful-Vue was released, which was further developed to the Ful-Vue Super and Fulvueflex pseudo-TLR.

1961 George Houghton's sons and grandsons continued in the business until the firm disappeared in 1961, when the company stopped making cameras.

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