Enfield Independent Observer House Caxton Way Watford Hertfordshire WD18 8RJ The Enfield Independent newspapers are published by Newsquest (London) Ltd, part of Newsquest Media Group Ltd, registered office Loudwater Mill, Station Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP10 9TY – a Gannett company, No.3105111. And new to the site are Gladys Rendell's Rembrandt photographs, 1932-1934. Our intent is to display here as many facets of the companies, and as many faces of the people, as we can. In 1890, engraver and innovator Karl Klic offered them his services, along with the photogravure process he had developed. In 1918, Edward Hunter will purchase the firm and combine his various printing and engraving operations on Whippendell Road under the banner of the Sun Engraving Company. The backdrop is clearly the Whippendell Road factory. But it was in the same collection as the photo above, so we presume it shows a team from a different (but earlier) year. The question was, 'How can a Dinner be held in Bucks and Herts at the same time?
On the cover is 'Our Village', the reproduction of an 1890 painting by Bushey artist Hubert von Herkomer.
(Courtesy of Derek Hutton) Photo Locations in the first twenty years.
In chronological order, they were, centre left: Anglo Engraving Co.
Ltd, Farringdon Street, London, where the firm occupied the 'shop' with a room or two at the back; top right: Anglo Engraving Co.
Corrie is an engraver who worked at the Sun from 1956 to 1982 and is still very active in the world of art. Sir Thomas Storey (founder), left, and his sons Herbert and Frank, of Storey Brothers & Company Ltd in Lancaster, were calico and oilcloth manufacturers, and printers of textiles. Art director Mortimer Menpes (possibly the man in the centre of the photo, in suit and watchchain) will take over and rename the company Menpes Press and then Menpes Printing and Engraving. The photo likely dates from Menpes days (most probably, between 19). Even less is known about this photo, including where it was taken. A flamboyant author and illustrator, and pioneer of colour process engraving, he was one of the founders of the firm of André and Sleigh of Bushey, which much later became the Sun Engraving Co.' (Photo supplied by Pat Skeates) Photo An André & Sleigh staff dinner, 1914.
You will find pictures on many other pages of this site as well. Viney, chairman of Hazell, Watson & Viney, shows a distinguished guest some newly printed magazines in the Sun's Warehouse, while members of the Warehouse staff crowd around. With their support, photogravure saw its first commercial application in 1893. Jones presentation, Whippendell Road, Watford, 1908. ' The answer is on the cover of the programme for the dinner held at Buck's Restaurant, in Watford, Herts, on February 6.
Signed on October 5, 1920, by directors Edward Hunter and J. Hughes and by first company secretary John Edwards, the indentures accept Leslie Hodge as an apprentice of Sun Engraving. (Bill) Compton, and William Cartwright; front row: Fred Thorne, William (Berko) Monger, Jack Wheatley, Eddie Hutton, A. The man in the middle row, second from left, was a carpenter. (From the Sun archives) Photo Inside head office, Milford House, London, July 6, 1929. (From the Sun archives) Photo A Sun Engraving executive office, Milford House, London. At centre front is a small apparatus, complete with bobbin, that might be a stitcher, and beside it are covers for a book entitled His Private Life. (From the Sun archives) Photo A Sun office, Watford, c. On the table, a copy of a Carters Seed catalogue and sheets of a fashion spread (likely for Weldon's).
He had been working for the company as a 'boy' since April 8 of that year. In the same row, fifth from left (dark hair, clean-shaven, no glasses), is Mr Wilson, who later moved to Sun Printers to take charge of the Proofing Room. The rest of the employees of Rembrandt Intaglio Printing Co. Gladys Rendell, back row, left, is the only employee in this image who has been identified so far. Heavy wood furniture, candlestick telephones, an Underwood typewriter, and, on the desk behind, an Oliver Visible Typewriter - a downstroke machine that was hugely popular in offices in the early years of the 20th century (it was excellent for stencil cutting and could produce up to twenty carbon copies at a time). We don't know for certain that this handsome, well-appointed office was Edward Hunter's, but chances are that it was; it is clearly that of a senior executive. Note the two candlestick telephones behind the desk, one of them on an extendable mount. There is no name on the small office with its elegant desks, brass flower pots, and framed photo of an Alsatian dog (an image used in the 1929 Sun Compendium to demonstrate the effects of different halftone screens), but L.
The company produced a steady stream of promotional items - from technical reference publications, magazines, and brochures to collectable wall calendars (one features designs by Eric Gill) and desk calendars, blotters, proportion wheels, and even glass paperweights, such as the example shown here.
(Courtesy of Peter Greenhill) Photo Sun Engraving's Black-and-White Photographic Studio (Watford), c.1930.
The match was against the watch factory (later Rembrandt House). Blenkarn papers) Photo Another comic football team. The original caption of this picture (photographer unknown) reads: 'Richard André, c.1910.