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of Paragon Works, Canning Town, London, E16; and Papercraft Works, The Hyde, Hendon, London, NW9. Telephone: Albert Dock 1345. Cables: "Plaudit, Phone, London". (1929)

Ditto Address. Telephone: Albert Dock 3232. Cables: "Plaudit, Telex, London". (1947)


1889 The Lamson Paragon Supply Co was established in London, by amalgamation of the Paragon Check Book Co (established 1886 in the City of London) and the Lamson Store Service Co, with rights to sales, book patents and manufacturing know-how for the Lamson Cash-Ball System throughout Europe and Australia.

1891 Mr. Robert Clark became managing director

1893 Lamson Paragon built a factory in Canning Town, and factories elsewhere in England and overseas.

1902 The company was registered on 27 September, as the Lamson Paragon Supply Co (1902), to acquire the business of a company of almost similar title, manufacturers of specialities in stationery, the name being subsequently changed as above. [1]

Carbon paper was an essential feature of the Paragon Check-Book. The carbon department developed a carbon paper that was less messy than that used in typewriters and it could be used with an ink pen, not just pencil as was the norm at the time for duplication. From this came the Caribonum Company.

1908 The Caribonum Co became a separate public company with factories at Leyton. The name Caribonum on carbons and ribbons carried the cachet of the finest of fine products in all countries.

1920 Acquired Victory Printing and Folding Machine Manufacturing Co.

1924 Patent - Improvements in or relating to stamp and like distributing means[2]

1929 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Check Books, Plic Books and Autoplic Books, Numbered Carbon Copy Books and Forms, Continuous Interfold and Fanfold Forms, single and Multiply Rolls, Autographic Registers, Loose-leaf Books, Printed Paper Bags. (Stand No. PP.1) [3]

1929 Patent - Improvements in carbon manifolding packs and apparatus for use therewith in typewriters. [4]

1937 Lamson Engineering Co was registered as a company[5]

1937 Lamson Investments was set up to hold certain assets of this company.

1947 British Industries Fair Advert for Business Forms. Manufacturers of Precision Printed Continuous Accounting forms for use with Teleprinters; Tabulating, Billing and Addressing Machines; Typewriters and Autographic Registers. ""Carbac" and Carbon Copy Sets, Books and Forms. (Office Appliances Section - Olympia, Ground Floor, Stand No. B. 1437) [6]

1955 Lamson Paragon became Lamson Industries Ltd

1961 Mechanical handling ventilation, dust and fume extraction engineers. 550 employees. [7]

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Business methods. [8]

In the 1960s, the Willesden factory was closed and the firm moved to Stoke-on-Trent.

In 1963, this became an Anonymous Company

1971 Lamson Industries Ltd group included British companies:[9]

1974 Lamson Industries, which was 52% owned by Moore Corp of Canada, acquired Setright Registers from British Match[10].

1976 Became a Private Company. It has a daughter company Lamsonair BV.

1977 Lamson Industries was merged with the Moore Corporation as Moore Paragon

1998 Moore Paragon was sold by Moore Corporation to Grenadier Holdings.

2000 Name changed to Paragon Group[11]


See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Stock 1908
  2. [1] Wikipatents
  3. 1929 British Industries Fair Page 99
  4. [2] Wikipatents
  5. companies house filing
  6. 1947 British Industries Fair Advert 372; and p160
  7. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  8. 1963 Motor Show
  9. The Times Mar. 24, 1972
  10. The Times, 30 March 1974
  11. 2000 Annual report
  • [3] Google Books