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Duco hair dryer. Exhibit at the Bakelite Museum.
Duco hair dryer. Exhibit at the Bakelite Museum.

of Great Eastern Street, London.

Allied Companies: Thomson and Brown Brothers Limited, Brown Brothers (Aircraft) Ltd and Brown Brothers (Ireland) Limited.

Predecessor company was Messrs. Snell and Brown, Skinner Lane, Birmingham, and 11-19 Great Eastern Street, London[1].

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1888 Company established by John Smith Brown, Albert Brown, and Ernest Brown.

1892 Mentioned. 'John Smith Brown, Albert Brown, and Ernest Brown, trading as Brown Brothers, at 28 and 30, Great Eastern street, in the County of London, cycle fitting manufacturers'. Petition to wind up the Southern Cycle Co.[2]

1897 The company was registered on 28 May, to take over the business of the firm of the same name, general hardware, cycle accessories, general warehousemen etc. Also H. A. Knox and Co. Directors are Herbert Chamberlain, Chairman; Thomas Edward Hill; and the three Brown brothers.[3][4]

1902 They produced the Brown motorcycles from 1902 to 1915

1913 Brown Brothers advert for Brolt's reliable car lighting dynamo system[5]

1914 Directors: Walter Chamberlain (Chairman), John S. Brown, Albert Brown and Ernest Brown (Managing Directors). Staff: About 350.

1914 Wholesale Cycle and Motor Material Manufacturers and Merchants. Specialities: motor cycle parts and accessories, cycle fittings and accessories, tools for motors etc. Employees 350. [6]

1919-23 Albert Brown is Chairman.

1922 Directors: Albert Brown (Chairman), Ernest Brown and J. Albert Thomson (Managing), John Brown, Frederick Brown and A. Cleveland.

1922 Products: "Duco" motor accessories and tools, "Bronko" cycle accessories and fittings, "Trippa" folding baby car; "Talmo" cars.

1927 Stand 223 at the 1927 Motor Cycle and Cycle Show at Olympia

1929-30 Ernest Brown is Chairman.

1936 Advertised aircraft components

1937 Established Brown Brothers (Aircraft) Ltd

1937 Aircraft fittings. [7]

1939 Brown Brothers (Aircraft) Ltd manufactured small components for aircraft in three separate specialised works. In addition, manufactured hydraulic and screw jacks for both civil and military aircraft, the larger types being capable of lifting machines weighing many tons. See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Accessories and components; Garage equipment. Of Eastern Street, London. [8]

1997 Partco acquired car components maker, Brown Brothers[9]

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Sources of Information

  1. Bartleet's Bicycle Book
  2. Hampshire Advertiser - Saturday 24 September 1892
  3. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  4. St James's Gazette - Saturday 29 May 1897
  5. The Times, 29 April 1913
  6. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  7. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  8. 1963 Motor Show
  9. The Times February 28, 1997
  • [1] Cyber Motor Cycles - Brown Motorcycles
  • The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN 1 86126 674 X
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9