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of 69 Mortimer Street, London, W1. Telephone: Museum 9696. Cables: "Objective, Wesdo, London"
R and J Beck was a renowned British optical company based in London.
1851 James Smith and Richard Beck exhibited at the 1851 exhibition
1852 Listed as Smith and Beck, opticians and microscope ma. 6 Coleman Street, City 
1854 the company was renamed as Smith, Beck and Beck.
1861 Employing 40 men, and 35 boys and girls 
1865 Smith retired; the company became R. and J. Beck.
1884 Listed under Opticians and as Philosophical Instrument Makers as Beck, R and J., 68 Cornhill Street. Manufactory, Lister Works, Holloway Road, N. 
WWI Produced a wide range of optical products: microscopes, telescopes, trench periscopes for army officers, eye test glasses for opticians (optometer lenses), other optical equipment, and last not least camera lenses and some cameras.
Best known in the camera area are some cameras of the brand Ensign which bear lenses branded as "Beck Ensign".
T. E. Lawrence, better known as 'Lawrence of Arabia', used a plate camera made by Beck.
1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Microscopes and Accessories, Spectroscopes, Photographic Lenses, Opaque Projectors, Sound Recording Apparatus, Optical Units, Lenses, Prisms, Flats in Glass, Quartz, Iceland Spar and Flurospar, Magnifiers, Specialised Optical Instruments. (Olympia, Ground Floor, Stand No. A.1084)