Arthur H. Lee & Sons, Birkenhead

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I took this photograph some time ago, of the cover of a catalogue of fabric swatches (published 1929) from a company previously based in Birkenhead, Merseyside – partly because I liked the hand drawn design, but mainly because Birkenhead is my home town. I have since mislaid the brochure, which irritates me hugely!

The company was Arthur H. Lee and Sons who developed innovative methods of producing fabrics on power looms. Established in the mid-1880s in Bolton, they moved to Warrington in 1888, and then to Birkenhead in 1908. Though the UK company closed in 1970, an American branch continues as Lee Jofa in New York.

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