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Carr and Son

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July 1945.

Carr and Son, of Southgate, blacking manufacturers

of Great Dunmow, Essex, polish and horse-related products

1837 Firm established by John Smith Carr.

1890 Carr's grandsons, John Dale Carr and Ralph Charles Carr, set up another business to make tin containers for their products. which became the John Dale Manufacturing Company; this developed into a substantial and separate business supplying tins, collapsible tubes and, later, aluminium.

1923 Carr and Son acquired Day and Martin[1], an equally famous firm in blacking[2].

1923 A new firm, Carr and Day and Martin Ltd, was registered [3].

1925 Day and Martin was voluntarily wound up[4].

1945 Day and Martin advert as supplier of polishes

By 1950, Carr and Day and Martin had re-designed the packaging of their entire product range.

1976 Carr and Day and Martin Ltd was acquired by Nolton Estate[5]

Up to the 1990s, the Carr and Day and Martin equestrian product range consisted mainly of leather care products including saddle soap, polish and oil. Further horse care products were then launched.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 26 April 1923
  2. Carr and Day and Martin website [1]
  3. The Times, 14 August 1923
  4. The Times 12 August 1925
  5. The Times 27 January 1976