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James Pain and Sons

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1929. British Industries Fair catalogue.

of 9 St. Mary Axe, London, EC3. Branches at Liverpool and Manchester. Telephone: Avenue 9921. Cables: "Pain, London"

Firework and ships' signal makers, of Mitcham, by Special Royal Appointment to H.M. the King

1850s Company founded.

1929 British Industries Fair Advert for Pain's Fireworks. Also Ship and Fog Signals; Distress Rockets. Manufacturers of Fireworks for Shop Sale and Public Displays, Ships Signals, Distress Rockets, Life Saving Rocket apparatus, Railway Fog Signals, Maroons, Sound Rockets, Smoke Cases for Drain testing, Flags, Shields, Decorations material. (Toys, Games and Baby Carriages Section - Stand No. D.12) [1]

1932 Patent - Improvements in fireworks of the rocket type.

1960 Acquired by Bryant and May[2].

1963 Patent - Improvements in and relating to distress rockets.

1964 James Pain and Sons and Waeco, both members of the British Match Group were amalgamated as Pains-Wessex; the new company was based at Salisbury; production of Pain's fireworks was transferred from Mitcham[3]

See Also

  • See website: Pains Wessex (Marine Distress Signals) [1]

Sources of Information

  1. 1929 British Industries Fair Advert 215 and p131
  2. The Times, 1 July 1960
  3. The Times, Aug 24, 1964