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Creed and Company Limited manufacturing plant album

1954
 Collection
Identifier: 2000-225

Abstract

Creed and Company Limited was originally founded as Creed, Bille & Company Limited by Frederick George Creed (1871-1957) and Harald Bille (1879-1916) in 1912 to manufacture and sell telegraphy equipment. In the early 1900s, Creed had invented several machines that facilitated the sending and receiving of Morse code messages. Much of Creed and Company's manufacturing capacity was in Croydon, London, England. These photographs show a group tour of the Creed and Company Limited plant in Croydon on October 14, 1954.

Dates

  • 1954

Creator

Extent

1 volume(s)

General Physical Description

1 album (17 photographic prints) ; 9.5 x 13 in.

Historical Note

Creed and Company Limited was originally founded as Creed, Bille & Company Limited by Frederick George Creed (1871-1957) and Harald Bille (1879-1916) in 1912 to manufacture and sell telegraphy equipment. In the early 1900s, Creed had invented a keyboard-operated perforator for preparing Morse-code paper tape to be used for message transmission, a receiving perforator and a tape-driven printer which converted Morse code into printed characters on paper tape. This was known as the “Creed High Speed Automatic Printing Telegraphy System.” Bille came to an untimely death in a railroad accident in 1916, and his name was subsequently dropped from the company. In July, 1928, Creed and Company was acquired by International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation, which opened up global markets to their products. Over time competitive pressures, patent acquisition, market pressures and two world wars saw Creed and Company innovate its product line to include increasingly sophisticated teleprinters and data processing machines.

Initially, Creed operated a small manufacturing site in Glasgow between 1904 and 1909; he then moved to Selsdon Road in South Croydon. With increases in production because of the First World War, Creed and Company moved to a bigger facility, Telegraph House at East Croydon. A second site was built on the eve of the Second World War in Treforest, South Wales. In the post-war years expansion took place again in 1946 with the Purley Way site, in 1950 with the Progress Way site (both in Croydon), and in 1956 with new locations at Progress House, Croydon, and Burgess Hill, Sussex.

Scope and Content

These photographs show a group tour of the Creed and Company Limited plant in Croydon, England on October 14, 1954. There are no captions or identification of the members of the groups. The provenance of the item indicates that one of the visitors may be Ernest du Pont, Jr. (1931-2015).

Location

GL Box 1.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Creed and Company Limited manufacturing plant album
Status:
Online
Date:
2015
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Audiovisual Collections Repository

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