Advert fro PIFCO electrical appliances from 1980
In 1963, they needed to expand the company to increase production and needed more capital. They were forced to sell the company to Tube Investments (TI), a conglomerate of electrical appliance brands. Production was moved to Wombourne in Staffordshire, where it was shared with Creda and to Blythe Bridge, in a former aircraft factory now owned by Indesit. Russell became technical director of Creda, then managed Turnright. TI sold off their consumer brands, with the company going to Polly Peck, managed by Asil Nadir in the late 1980s. Polly Peck collapsed and Russell Hobbs was bought by Pifco based in Failsworth in 1991, then by Salton on 4th June 2001. Pifco, the British manufacturer of appliances such as teasmades became known as Salton Europe. The parent company, Salton Inc., is based in Lake Forest, Illinois and has a Canadian division in Ontario. In March 2002, Salton Europe closed down their factory in Wombourne near Wolverhampton, moving their last bit of production to China.
In December 2007, two longstanding companies in the small household appliance business, Salton, Inc. and Applica Incorporated, combined their businesses through a merger. As a result of the merger, Applica became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Salton. In December 2009, the combined company (formerly known as Salton, Inc.) changed its name to Russell Hobbs, Inc.
Russell died on 16 February 2006 aged 85. Hobbs died on 11 April 2008 aged 91
In the 1930s Arthur Brooke launched PG Tips in the UK tea market under the name of Pre-Gest-Tee, suggesting that the tea could be drunk before food was digested (pre-digestive). Grocers quickly abbreviated it to PG.
After the Second World War, labelling regulations ruled out describing tea as aiding digestion—a property previously attributed to tea—and by 1950/1 the PG name was officially adopted. The company added “Tips” referring to the fact that only the tips (the top two leaves and bud) of the tea plants are used in the blend.
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Parker Harlequin Pen advert from the 1980s
The Parker Pen Company is a manufacturer of pens, founded in 1888 by George Safford Parker in Janesville, Wisconsin, United States. It is currently owned by Newell Rubbermaid.
George S Parker, the founder, had previously been a sales agent for the John Holland Gold Pen Company. He received his first fountain pen related patent in 1889. In 1894 Parker received a patent on his “Lucky Curve” feed, which was claimed to draw excess ink back into the pen body when the pen was not in use. The Lucky Curve feed was used in various forms until 1928.
Paper Mate Pen advert from 1977
Paper Mate is a registered division of Sanford L.P., a Newell Rubbermaid company that produces writing products. Among their offerings is the PhD multi pen/pencil/stylus, with an ergonomic grip, for the reduced writing fatigue produced by its grip to the hand. The most popular pens are Profile and Write Bros. The most popular mechanical lead pencil is the ClearPoint. In 2010, Paper Mate introduced environmentally-friendly biodegradable pens and pencils as additions to its wide-ranging product portfolio. They also manufacture Pink Pearl erasers.
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Panache Perfume advert from 1980s
Yardley of London is a traditional British cosmetics brand and is one of the oldest in the world. Established in 1770, Yardley had become recognised as a world leader in soap and perfumery by the beginning of the 20th century. By 1910, it moved to London’s premier thoroughfare Bond Street, and in 1921 Yardley received its first Royal Warrant, an honour bestowed on only the finest British companies that provide outstanding service. Today, Yardley holds two Royal Warrants. The Yardley family traces its history back to the 15th century.