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Mezzogravure Co

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Printers, of Barnes, Middlesex

1910 Edward Hunter and J.A. (Archie) Hughes of Anglo Engraving Co set up the Mezzogravure Co to develop the new process of rotary photogravure printing. The work was done behind locked doors with a small staff vowed to secrecy. They used a 15 inch calico printing machine made by John Wood (of Ramsbottom). The works director, John Threlfall, had been recruited from Waddingtons, the Croydon photo engravers.

Products were mainly calendar subjects and frontispieces for high-quality books.

WWI Printed a photogravure background on the nation’s food tickets, to make them hard to copy.

1918 Absorbed by Sun Engraving Co.

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Sources of Information

  • History of Sun Printers [1]