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British Industrial History

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of Alliance Works, New Hall Lane, Preston, Lancashire. Telephone: 3011/2. Telegraphic Address; "Somic 3011"

  • 1923 Founded by Thomas Blackburn.
  • 1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Patent Hygienic Yarns, Twines, Cords, Ropes, for upholstery packing and parcelling purposes. Pure Fibrous Free Bacon and Meat Cords. Carpet Yarns, Electric Cable Yarns. Stool Matting and Furniture Cords, etc. (Stand No. A.607)
  • 1968 Patent - Improvements in Wall Fabric.

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