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Gevaert, makers of photographic paper - its UK subsidiary was at 27/29 Great West Road, Brentford, Middlesex.

1890 Lieven Gevaert established his own workshop in Antwerp (Belgium), mainly for manufacturing calcium paper for photography.

1894 Armand Seghers helped to establish the limited stock company L. Gevaert & Cie.

1895 Established its first subsidiary abroad by taking-over the Parisian company 'Blue Star Papers' that had introduced a gelatine paper.

1904 The factory moved from Antwerp to Mortsel.

1920 the group was renamed Gevaert Photo Producten N.V.

1939 Advert: box cameras with British made meniscus lens.

1947 launched a new range of X-ray films with higher sensitivity, better contrast, brightness, and wider exposure margins.

1952 introduced a range of plates and films for scientists which was used in astronomy, nuclear physics, infrared photography, micrography, etc.

1964 merger of Gevaert and Agfa, forming two new operating companies: Gevaert-Agfa N.V. in Mortsel (Belgium) and Agfa-Gevaert AG in Leverkusen (Germany).

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Sources of Information

  • Agfa website[1]