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British Industrial History

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May 1939.
June 1939.
June 1939. Autorange 220.
July 1939.
June 1939. Selfix 220.
June 1939. Ensign Midget.
June 1939. Double -8.
June 1939. Ful-Vue.
June 1939. Zeca-Flex.
June 1939.
Ensign Carbine Camera.
Pocker E-20 Camera.

1930 Houghton-Butcher Manufacturing Co established a selling arm, Ensign Ltd. The manufacturing company based at Walthamstow kept the name Houghton-Butcher Manufacturing Co Ltd until 1945. The new trading company kept many of Houghtons and Butcher's camera ranges.

In 1939 the company introduced the Ensign Ful-Vue box camera, one of the most popular cameras of its time in the UK.

1940 The headquarters of the trading company Ensign were destroyed by an air raid on the night of 24/25 September. In October, the assets of the company, including enlargers, epidiascopes and cine-cameras, were taken over by Johnson and Sons Manufacturing Chemists, but the trademark Ensign was kept by the manufacturing company Houghton-Butcher Manufacturing Co which assumed the advertising and distribution of the Ensign cameras alone until 1945.

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

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