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Roy Morton

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Posted: 28/11/2017 02:00:18
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I'm photo archiving my collection of receipts in hi res, and came across this one from Kynoch explosives.
The document, at first glance, looks fairly typical of its time.
Closer inspection shows that Kynoch had the paper on which it was printed, etched with their name and seal. Searching through the rest of the collection, I haven't found any other company employing such a unique feature.



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Posted: 28/11/2017 08:51:14
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Looking at the date of the document it's around the time Kynoch would have supplied a massive market, possibly the entire British Empire etc.
I therefore suspect that many large organisations of the period would spend the relatively small amount on such a prestigious addition to their stationary.

The machine printed part of the date also seems designed only to cover the years 1900-1909?

Edit: Appears they owned two paper mills in 1906.

http://www.staffshomeguard.co.uk/KOtherInformationKynochV2A.htm



IP: 86.183.190.138 Edited: 28/11/2017 09:55:16 by Morlock
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Posted: 28/11/2017 12:04:57
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Thanks Morlock . A pretty good chance they were printing their own billheads and office stationary, and no doubt moving the tax burden about a bit to boot Laugh

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Posted: 28/11/2017 12:36:03
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Agree.Laugh

The watermark also makes the document more secure as regards forgery.
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Posted: 28/11/2017 19:21:23
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A number of very large companies had their own watermarks applied to paper: it only required a brass wire pattern in the shape of the letters and any symbol to be brazed onto the brass wire-mesh drum if machine-made paper, or to the rectangular sieve-like mould if hand-made paper.

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Posted: 28/11/2017 19:37:08
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I've got some old Cwmorthin stationary from the 1880's and they are watermarked.

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Posted: 28/11/2017 19:45:57
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The mill I worked at had two machines with the mesh roll (Dandy roll) brackets, never used the rolls as the machines only made 'Izal Hemorrhoid reliever'.Big Grin IP: 109.147.81.233
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Posted: 28/11/2017 19:59:24
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Miles-M wrote:

I've got some old Cwmorthin stationary from the 1880's and they are watermarked.


I suppose Cwmorthin must have exported worldwide, a bit like kynoch?
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Posted: 28/11/2017 20:02:31
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Morlock wrote:

Miles-M wrote:

I've got some old Cwmorthin stationary from the 1880's and they are watermarked.


I suppose Cwmorthin must have exported worldwide, a bit like kynoch?


Yes, the slates went pretty much everywhere as far as I know but I've never heard of an order book for Cwm surviving. There is tons of stuff sitting in peoples attics though so maybe something will turn up one day.

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