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Thomas Letts

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1796 John Letts, bookbinder and printer, established a stationery business in the arcades of London's Royal Exchange.

1803 John's son, Thomas (1803 – 1873), was born at Stockwell, London

1835 Thomas took over the family-owned company on his father's retirement, printing a range of diaries that stretched from small pocket diaries to commercial foolscap folio one-day-per-page editions.

Thomas was joined in the family business by his son, Charles (b.1839), and together they raised capital for expansion into a limited company in 1870, trading as Letts, Son and Co. However Thomas died soon afterwards, being buried in West Norwood Cemetery in a Grade II listed monument.

1881 Charles Letts left the company and set up Charles Letts and Co, trading profitably for the next century.

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Sources of Information

  • [1] Wikipedia
  • Biography of Thomas Letts, ODNB