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James and Edward Atkinson

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Bear's Grease.
Fine Old Naples Soap.
Rose Cold Cream.

Established by James Atkinson and later joined by Edward Atkinson.

Manufacturer and retailer of toiletries, cosmetics and fragrances; factory at Eonia Works, Southwark Park Road, London, SW16; traded from 24 Old Bond Street, opened a branch in 2 rue de la Paix, Paris; extended through out Europe and Colonial India

1811 Advert for Atkinson's Original Curling Fluid by James Atkinson, Perfumer, 9 High Street, Bloomsbury [1]

1814 Advert for Atkinson's Vegetable Dye for grey hair by James Atkinson, Perfumer, 43 Gerrard Street, Soho Square, London [2]

1822 Advert for Windsor Soap. James Atkinson, Perfumer, 44 Gerrard Street, Soho Square. [3]

1823 Advert for Bear's Grease sourced from Russia. James Atkinson, Perfumer, 44 Gerrard Street, Soho Square. [4]

1826 Advert for Bear's Grease. James Atkinson of 44 Gerrard Street, Soho Square, London. [5]

1828 Advert for Atkinson's Curling Fluid. James Atkinson, Perfumer, Wholesale, 44 Gerrard Street and Retail, 99 New Bond Street. [6]

1832 Announces he is moving from 44 Gerrard Street to 24 Old Bond Street, corner of Burlington Gardens and will in future trade as James and Edward Atkinson. Their manufactory on the premises for Brown Windsor, Almond, Camphor and other fancy soaps. Also shipments of imports. [7]

1841 Listed at 24 Old Bond Street, London as Wholesale Perfumers [8]

1851 Employing 12 men [9]

1852 Listed at 24 Old Bond Street, London as Wholesale Perfumers [10]

1870 Advert in Melbourne, Australia. JAMES and EDWARD ATKINSON, Wholesale and Export Perfumers, 24 OLD BOND STREET, LONDON. Established 1799. Prize Medals-London 1862, and Paris 1807. Orders for exportation executed with despatch on favourable terms. All Perfumes, Eau de Cologne, Lavenders, Hair Washes, Dentrifices etc., shipped "In bond." Price list on application. Caution.- Messrs. J. and E. Atkinson's goods are largely counterfeited. Orders should therefore be sent direct, or through commission houses of repute. Wholesale agents in Melbourne. Messrs. FITCH and FRENCH. [11]

1888 Legal action against a James Atkinson for 'passing off his goods as the plaintiffs' [12]

1911 Advert for Atkinson's Poinsetta [13]

1920 Prospectus to raise capital against 100,000 shares [14]

1921 Listed at Southwark Park Road, SE16 as Atkinson J & E Ltd, perfumery & toilet soap manufacturers; est 1799; offices, warehouse & factories, Eonia works, Southwark Park Road SE16. (Tel No Hop 5655 (4 lines); City Showrooms, 8 Wood Street EC2 (Tel No Bank 5616); Retail branch, 24 Old Bond Street, W1 (Tel No Regent 90) TA "Cymbidium Southpark"), Paris, 2 rue de la Paix; 8 prize medals - London, Vienna, Phila, Cordova, Lima, Melbourne & Paris 5 gold medals - Paris, Calcutta & Chicago; Grand Prix, Paris, 1900 [15]

1943 Advert for Eau de Cologne [16]

1957 Unilever make an offer to purchase the outside minority interest in the company and at the same time makes the same offer for A. and F. Pears [17]

1959 Mention of Miss Eleanor Macdonald as a director of the company [18]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Morning Post, Tuesday, September 03, 1811
  2. The Morning Post, Friday, April 15, 1814
  3. The Times, Saturday, Nov 23, 1822
  4. The Times, Monday, Apr 14, 1823
  5. The Morning Post, Tuesday, April 04, 1826
  6. The Morning Post, Friday, January 11, 1828
  7. The Times, Wednesday, Jan 11, 1832
  8. 1841 Post Office London Directory
  9. 1851 Census
  10. 1852 Post Office London Directory
  11. The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) 22nd August 1870
  12. The Times, Thursday, Jul 19, 1888
  13. The Times , Monday, Nov 27, 1911
  14. The Times, Friday, Jul 09, 1920
  15. 1821 London Street Directory
  16. The Times, Thursday, Mar 11, 1943
  17. The Times, Saturday, Nov 30, 1957
  18. The Times, Saturday, Jan 24, 1959