Ref No

D4984

Richard Cooper and Company (Ashbourne) Ltd, corset manufacturers

Management and administration records, 1895-late 20th century; finance records, 1889-1903; staff records, 1895-1979; production and design records, 1889-late 20th century; sales records, c1880-1989; marketing records, 1889-1997; and records relating to the history of the company, c1860s-c1980s.

[c1860s]-1997

D4984/A

Management and administration

 

1895-[late 20th cent]

D4984/A/1

Directors' minutes

 

1905-1930

D4984/A/1/1

Directors and Annual General Meeting minutes

19 Sep 1905 - 9 Dec 1930. Includes list of employees who had volunteered and gone away for military duty, 1914, with annotations to note whether killed, injured, or returned to work. At the back of the volume is a list of deeds in the box at Lloyds Bank, Ashbourne.

1905-1930

D4984/A/2

Legal papers

 

1895-1929

D4984/A/2/1

Deed of articles of partnership between William Hill Cooper and George Edinmore Gather both of Ashbourne, corset manufacturers, dated 5 Dec 1895; with endorsed deed of variation of terms of partnership, same parties, 10 Mar 1896

 

1895-1896

D4984/A/2/2

Copy case in the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court of Justice, dispute over auditing of the company accounts for 1898 between Robert Harrison (accountant) and Richard Cooper and Co; with copy opinion of counsel dated 2 Oct 1899

 

1899

D4984/A/2/3

Copy Order in the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice in re William Hill Cooper deceased, confirming an agreement for the formation of a limited company (plaintiffs being the trustees of Mr Cooper's will)

 

12 Aug 1905

D4984/A/2/4

Copy order authorising Trustees to consent to the company increasing its capital and to retain shares, Rose v Cooper in the High Court of Justice Chancery Division

 

12 May 1920

D4984/A/2/5

Legal opinion relating to the trustees of the will of W H Cooper deceased

Relating to shares

Jul 1929

D4984/A/3

Acquisition by Standard Industrial Group

 

1961-1963

D4984/A/3/1

Papers relating to acquisition by Standard Industrial Holdings Ltd

Including correspondence relating to shares and directors' service agreements, 1962-1963.

1962-1963

D4984/A/3/2

The Spirella Company of Great Britain Ltd: report of the Directors, statement of accounts and Chairman's review for year ending 31 Dec 1961

 

1962

D4984/A/3/3

Spirella magazine for Spirella corsetieres

 

Jan 1963

D4984/A/3/4

Threads magazine for Spirella employees

 

Jan 1963

D4984/A/3/5

Leethams (Twilfit) Limited retailers' price list for Twilfit and Miss Twilfit

 

1963

D4984/A/3/6

Number of employees excluding directors 1959-1963

Handwritten sheets giving numbers of male, female and OW employees for both Richard Cooper & Company (Ashbourne) Ltd and Knitted Garments Ltd at Ashbourne, Buxton, Uttoxeter, Derby, possibly compiled in preparation for the acquistion by Standard Industrial Group.

1963

D4984/A/4

News cuttings about Richard Cooper and Company (Ashbourne) Ltd

 

1980-1986

D4984/A/4/1-3

News cuttings relating to closure of Cooper's Mill factory and redundancies at Buxton and Uttoxeter

Pages from the Derby Evening Telegraph, 9 Oct 1980 including article entitled 'Cooper shake-up hits workers in three towns'; pages from the Daily Telegraph, 10 Oct 1980 including brief article entitled 'Textile jobs go'; pages from the Times, 10 Oct 1980 including brief article entitled 'ICI expected to announce further redundancies in fibres division'.

Oct 1980

D4984/A/4/4

'Vantona Views' The house journal for the Vantona Group, Summer 1982 with an article entitled 'Introducing another member of the Vantona Group... An old Company with New Ideas' about Richard Cooper & Company (Ashbourne) Ltd

 

1982

D4984/A/4/5

Buxton Advertiser with article entitled 'Going for bust! Factory set for jobs boost' about growth at Richard Cooper & Company (Ashbourne) Ltd's Buxton factory

 

25 Jun 1986

D4984/A/5

Directors' papers

 

1898-[late 20th cent]

D4984/A/5/1

Prospectus of R and W H Symington and Co. Ltd [competitors in the corset manufacturing business], sent to Mr G E Gather

Share prospectus with printed publicity image of Symington factories and envelope

1898

D4984/A/5/2

Business cards from representatives of companies dealing with Coopers, probably belonging to one of the directors

 

[early 20th cent-late 20th cent]

D4984/B

Finance

 

1889-1973

D4984/B/1

Cash books

 

1905-1948

D4984/B/1/1

Cash book for Lloyds Bank no. 2 account

 

1905-1948

D4984/B/1/2

Cash book for Lloyds Bank no. 2 account

 

1948-1973

D4984/B/2

Ledgers

 

1948-1962

D4984/B/2/1

Private ledger

Includes accounts for share capital, loans, taxes, wages, staff bonus, insurance, etc. Index at front

1948-1962

D4984/B/3

Account books

 

1889-1926

D4984/B/3/1

Account book

Monthly accounting and comparisons of sales, purchases, wages and expenses

1889-1897

D4984/B/3/2

Number not used [Account book - missing on deposit]

 

1897-1914

D4984/B/3/3

Account book

Monthly accounting and comparisons of sales, purchases, wages and expenses

1914-1919

D4984/B/3/4

Account book

Monthly accounting and comparisons of sales, purchases, wages and expenses

1919-1926

D4984/B/3/5

Ledger account book

For each month the book gives the amount of goods sent off, and cash received, amount of cash paid and cash received, total amount of cash paid to date and received to date, total amount of goods sent off to date and cash received to date, and the ledge account of good debts and debts on invoice.

1897-1902

D4984/B/4

Balance sheets

 

1895-1898

D4984/B/4/1

Company balance sheet at commencement of the partnership, Nov 1895

 

1895

D4984/B/4/2

Company balance sheet and profit/loss account, Nov 1898

 

1898

D4984/B/4/3

Jo-Gar Busk Company balance sheet and profit/loss account, Sep 1898

[Togar Busk was a separate company owned by W H Cooper]

1898

D4984/B/5

Tithe rents

 

1930

D4984/B/5/1

Bundle of papers relating to redemption of tithe rent charge on the factory site in Ashbourne

 

1930

D4984/C

Staff

 

1895-1979

D4984/C/1

Records of employment

 

1895-1950

D4984/C/1/1

Factory register used to record young persons under the age of 18 employed at the factory, and as a holiday record book

Pre-printed factory register (cover missing) containing:


List of young persons under the age of 18 employed in the factory giving surname, christian name, residence, date of first employment, name of father aned mother, date of birth, signature and date of certifying surgeon, date of educational certificate and remarks 1895-1900 (10 pages);


Dates when the factory was limewashed, 1895-1899 (1 page);


Holidays and half holidays which have been given in the factory, 1896-1950 (7 pages)

1895-1950

D4984/C/2

Salaries and wages

 

1935-1958

D4984/C/2/1

Wages book, Cooper's Factory, Uttoxeter

Gives name, and for each week the number of hours worked, wage, contributions and nett wage

1935-1948

D4984/C/2/2

Wages book, Cooper's Factory, Uttoxeter

Gives name, and for each week the number of hours worked, wage, contributions and nett wage

1948-1958

D4984/C/3

Employees relief fund

 

1925-1979

D4984/C/3/1

Employees relief fund minutes

The minutes largely consist of names of recipients and amounts given. At the front of the volume is a memorandum from the directors, the constitution, rules and regulations of the committee and a list of members.

1925-1933

D4984/C/3/2

Employees relief fund minutes

The minutes largely consist of names of recipients and amounts given.

1933 -1945

D4984/C/3/3

Employees relief fund minutes

The minutes largely consist of names of recipients and amounts given.

1945-1956

D4984/C/3/4

Employees relief fund minutes

The minutes largely consist of names of recipients and amounts given. Includes loose items, such as letters from recipients of the relief fund

1956 -1979

D4984/C/4

Social club and activities

 

[c1935]-1979

D4984/C/4/1

Coopers' Social Club correspondence and accounts

 

1967-1979

D4984/C/4/2

Handbooks for local sports clubs

 

1938-1939

D4984/C/4/2/1

Ashbourne Corset Factory Cricket Club handbook Season fixtures 1939

 

1939

D4984/C/4/2/2

Summer Football League handbook Annual Season 1939

 

1939

D4984/C/4/2/3

Ashbourne and District Table Tennis League Handbook, season 1938/39

 

1938

D4984/C/4/3

List of subscribers to the collection for a wedding present for George Rose

 

[c1935]

D4984/D

Production and design

 

1889-[late 20th cent]

D4984/D/1

Patterns

 

1889

D4984/D/1/1

Corset pattern sent to Uttoxeter factory by post, Richard Cooper and Co

Pencil drawn onto [calico?] fabric and machine stitched to form a 'book'

1889

D4984/D/2

Pattern specification books

The pattern specification books give a description of each garment, often with a pencil sketch.

1929-1967

D4984/D/2/11

Pattern specification book 11 5407 to 5630

Specifications and patterns for belts, girdles, corsets and wraparounds

22 Aug 1929-11 Jun 1930

D4984/D/2/19

Pattern specification book 19 6910 to 7051

Specifications and patterns for belts, girdles, corsets and wraparounds

17 Jan 1933-25 Apr 1933

D4984/D/2/29

Pattern specification book 29 8287 to 3415

Specifications and patterns for belts, girdles, corsets and wraparounds

26 Aug 1935-10 Dec 1935

D4984/D/2/40

Pattern specification book 40 9669 to 9802

Specifications and patterns for belts, girdles, corsets and wraparounds

4 Mar 1938-1 Feb 1939

D4984/D/2/45

Pattern specification book 45 N343 to N468

Specifications and patterns for belts, girdles, corsets and wraparounds

30 May 1939-18 Sep 1939

D4984/D/2/47

Pattern specification book 47 N607 to N756

Specifications and patterns for belts, girdles, corsets and wraparounds

28 Aug 1940-13 May 1948

D4984/D/2/49

Pattern specification book [N924-N1101]

Specifications and patterns for belts, girdles, corsets and wraparounds

17 Dec 1951-8 Nov 1957

D4984/D/2/50

Pattern specification book [N1102-N1268]

Specifications and patterns for belts and girdles

29 Oct 1957-4 Oct 1961

D4984/D/2/B1

Pattern specification book B 100 to 242, C1 C.500 to C.584

Specifications for brassieres 4 Nov 1924-23 Apr 1930, corselettes 19 Oct 1925-1 Jun 1927

4 Nov 1924-23 Apr 1930

D4984/D/2/B4

Pattern specification book B4 655-856

Specifications and patterns for brassieres

22 Jun 1934-16 Sep 1936

D4984/D/2/B6

Pattern specification book B6 1061 to 1958

Specifications and patterns for brassieres

21 Jul 1939-26 Oct 1950

D4984/D/2/C1

Pattern specification book [C1202-C1289]

Specifications and patterns for corselettes

16 Feb 1939-10 May 1967

D4984/D/3

Sample books

 

[late 20th cent]

D4984/D/3/1

Sample book of steel boning, fabrics, fastenings and trimmings

 

[late 20th cent]

D4984/D/4

Product making-up instructions

 

[c1920s]

D4984/D/4/1

Sheets giving measurements for processes in making up garments

 

[c1920s]

D4984/D/4/2

Sheets giving measurements for processes in making up garments

 

[c1920s-1940s]

D4984/D/4/3

Sheets giving measurements for processes in making up garments

 

[c1920s-1940s]

D4984/D/4/4

Notebook giving measurements for processes in making up garments

 

[c1940s]

D4984/D/4/5

Sheets giving measurements for processes in making up garments

Includes diagrams for bias joining

[c1950s-c1960s]

D4984/D/4/6

Sheets giving measurements for processes in making up garments

 

[c1960s-c1970s]

D4984/D/5

Manufacturing productivity and valuations

 

[c1960s]-1986

D4984/D/5/1

'Knitted Garments Ltd File no. 2' costings / work values

Loose in volume: piece rates for machinists, arranged in columns for different tasks, giving names [of machinists] and rates, c1970s; daily control sheets, 12 Jan 1979 giving names, SMs [Standard Minutes] and hours

1974-1979

D4984/D/5/2

Costings / work values for Twilfit, Court Royal and Excelsior ranges

 

1979-1986

D4984/D/5/3

Report on Uttoxeter factory build up of work values

Report detailing the new Standard Minute Values at the Uttoxeter Factory, calculated from time studies on the machines in use there.

[c1960-c1980]

D4984/E

Sales records

 

[c1880]-1989

D4984/E/1

Sales comparisons

 

1930-1975

D4984/E/1/1

Sales comparison statistics

Written onto cards, one for each year, each giving a monthly comparison with the year before.

1930-1960

D4984/E/1/2

Sales comparison book

The book is organised by customer and gives the number of sales by month, with the increase or dectreas by month and to date. Index at front.

1941-1975

D4984/E/1/3

Sales comparison book

The book is organised by customer and gives the number of sales by month, with the increase or dectreas by month and to date. Index at front.

1959-1975

D4984/E/2

Stock and order books

 

[c1880]-1989

D4984/E/2/1

Rough order book

Arranged by client, giving number [of order?], name [of garment], making details, steel details and book number. Index at front of volume.

[c1880-c1910]

D4984/E/2/2

Stock book

Divided into columns: running number (beginning 5245), pattern number[?], colour, order number[?], customer name


Corsets p1-150, 197-137; brassieres p151-174, 281-302; corselets [corselettes] p175-192; other items (slips, bikini tops, pantees, swimtops), p279

8 Dec 1928-Sep 1976

D4984/E/2/3

Mail order book

Under each customer name is the garment number, colour and size, followed by columns S/S [Spring/Summer] and A/W [Autumn/Winter] for each year.

1978-1981

D4984/E/2/4

Knitted Garments Ltd order book

Arranged in columns: lot [number], firm, style,number of dozens, factory, description, dates of: cards to Buying, cards returned, cutting programme, tickets completed, to cutting room, marked, SMS [number], Date from factory, Date delivered

1982-1989

D4984/E/3

Orders for Tesco and Dorothy Perkins

Papers largely relating to supply of leotards, brassieres, etc under contract to Tesco Ltd and Dorothy Perkins Ltd

1984-1987

D4984/E/3/1

Correspondence and paperwork relating to supplying garments to Tesco Ltd

 

1984-1986

D4984/E/3/2

Correspondence and paperwork relating to supplying garments to Dorothy Perkins Ltd

 

1986-1987

D4984/E/3/3

Order sheets relating to orders for Dorothy Perkins Ltd and other companies

 

1984-1986

D4984/F

Marketing

 

1889-1997

D4984/F/1

Trade Marks and Patents

 

1889-1911

D4984/F/1/1

Certificate of registration of trade mark for 'The Carus Top Label'

 

1889

D4984/F/1/2

Particulars of patent and trade marks taken from Register at Patent Office

Recites information relating to patent no 25957 for improvements to busks, 1898; and trade marks for stays and corset designs with words 'Indistructible Busk', 'Durability Guaranteed', 'Jo-Gar', 'My Pretty Maid', 'Stylish Young Lady', 'Double Axe Brand'.

4 Oct 1905

D4984/F/1/3

Certificate of registration for trade marks 'Jo-Gar', 'My Pretty Maid', 'Stylish Young Lady', Jo-Gar (Busk Design)

 

18 Dec 1911

D4984/F/2

Market research

 

1960

D4984/F/2/1

Survey among stockists of foundation garments (excluding multiple and chain stores) conducted in Merseyside and the West Riding prepared for Nicholls Dorrity Advertising Limited on behalf of Richard Cooper & Co (Ashbourne Limited Excelsion

Clients in Merseyside and Yorkshire West Riding [typescript]

Aug 1960

D4984/F/3

Scrap books

 

[c1900]-1970

D4984/F/3/1

'Top Label' scrapbook of labels for various brands of corset and other items

 

[c1900]-1937

D4984/F/3/2

'Copy Book' scrap book of stationery, forms, labels, promotional material, etc.

 

[1920s-1960s]

D4984/F/3/3

Scrap book of advertisements

 

1969-1970

D4984/F/4

Examples of company branded stationery

; Coopers Textiles presentation folder, c1990; Coopers Textiles garment label, c1990

[1920s-c1990]

D4984/F/4/1

Headed paper and proformas for Richard Cooper & Company (Ashbourne) Ltd and Cooper Textiles (Ashbourne) Ltd

Five examples of Richard Cooper & Co (Ashbourne) Ltd letter headed paper, c1920s-c1970s; two 'contents of case' proformas, 1940s; one proforma to notify that Mr A E Gather intends to call, 1950s; one example of Coopers Textiles (Ashbourne) Ltd headed paper c1990

[1920s-c1990]

D4984/F/4/2

Business cards and compliments slips for Excelsior (paperclipped together)

 

c1900-c1990

D4984/F/4/3

Presentation folder for Coopers Textiles (Ashbourne) Ltd

 

1990s

D4984/F/5

Price lists

 

1941-1997

D4984/F/5/1

Excelsior price lists

 

1941-[1960s]

D4984/F/5/2

Excelsior manufacturer's price lists

 

1953-1976

D4984/F/5/3

Excelsior wholesale price lists

 

1950s-1986

D4984/F/5/4

Excelsior export price lists

 

[1950s]

D4984/F/5/5

Kestos and Twilfit price lists

5 Kestos price lists, 1966-1971; 1 Twilfit price list, 1980

1966-1980

D4984/F/5/6

Cost and suggested selling prices (Court Royal, Twilfit and Excelsior)

 

1983-1997

D4984/F/6

Illustrated price lists and product brochures

 

[1940s-1990s]

D4984/F/6/1

Illustrated price lists and brochures for Excelsior range

 

[1940s]-1980

D4984/F/6/1/1

'Excelsior for value Corsetry and Brassieres' illustrated brochure

Illustrations and price list of bras, girdles, busk front wraprounds, corselets, hip belts and maternity underwear. Produced by Bemrose Publicity Co. Ltd, Derby and London.

[early 1950s]

D4984/F/6/1/2

'Excelsior for value Corsetry and Brassieres' illustrated brochure

Illustrations and prices for brassieres, belts, girdles, wraprounds, corselets, laced fronts, laced backs, roll on, step in, sports corsets and maternity underwear. Brochure produced by Bemrose Publicity Co. Ltd, Derby and London.

[early 1950s]

D4984/F/6/1/3

'Excelsior for value Corsetry and Brassieres' illustrated brochure

Illustrations and prices of belts, brassieres, laced fronts, wraprounds, girdles, laced backs, roll-on, corselets and maternity underwear. Brochure produced by Bemrose Publicity Co. Ltd, Derby and London.

[early 1950s]

D4984/F/6/1/4

'Excelsior for value - The Foundation of Fashion' illustrated brochure

Illustrations and prices of brassieres, girdles, suspender belts, corsets, corselets and maternity garments. Also includes the Starlite range. Brochure produced by Bemrose Advertising Ltd.

[1950s]

D4984/F/6/1/5

'Naturally you wear Excelsior for value Corsets and Brassieres' illustrated leaflet

Leaflet illustrating brassieres, girdles, corsets and hip belts, with suggestions for appropriate activities. Includes Excelsior's new range, New Silver Starlite, featuring Lurex thread.

[1950s]

D4984/F/6/1/6

'Excelsior - The Foundation of Fashion' illustrated brochure

Brochure with illustrations and price lists for brassieres, suspender belts, hook side girdles, busk front wraprounds, maternity garments, corselets and those needing fuller support. Brochure produced by The Artisan Press Ltd, Anstey, Leicester.

[1950s]

D4984/F/6/1/7

'Two ranges of Excelsior Foundations - The bud and the blossom' illustrated brochure

Photographs, illustrations and price lists of the Excelsior Bud range for the young and the Blossom range for the more mature. Includes a section for the maternity range and an information box with contact details for any enquiries regarding advice about figure problems. A separate sheet indicates the new increased prices for some of the items.

[c1959]

D4984/F/6/1/8

'Naturally she wears...Excelsior for value Corsets and Brassieres' illustrated leaflet

Leaflet showing illustrations and price lists (wholesale and retail) for brassieres, corselets, belts, hookside girdles, busk fastening corsets and lacing back corsets.

1957

D4984/F/6/1/9

'Excelsior Corsetry' brochure

Brochure with photographs and price lists for brassieres, corsets, girdles, corselets and suspender belts. Includes introductory page with a photo and letter from Patricia Crosby and a page about washing and drying of garments. A separate sheet shows the retail price list.

[early 1960s]

D4984/F/6/1/10

'Excelsior - for a slender figure on a slender purse' illustrated brochure

Brochure showing illustrations and prices of brassieres, girdles, net belts, brief bras, suspender belts, pantees, corselets and maternity garments. Includes sections on the new Pladay range, Wise Ways to Wash and an introductory letter, with photograph, from Patricia Crosby.

[c1964]

D4984/F/6/1/11

'Excelsior - for a slender figure on a slender purse' illustrated brochure

Brochure with colour illustrations of girdles, corsets, brassieres, corselets, suspender belts, pantees, net pull-ons, maternity garments and the Pladay range. Sizes and selling price listed on the back.

[1960s]

D4984/F/6/1/12

'Excelsior Corsetry' illustrated brochure

Brochure with photographs and sizes of bras, belts, lacing corsetry, busk front wraprounds and maternity garments. Includes photograph and introductory letter from Patricia Crosby and a page on Wise Ways to Wash.

[late 1950s]

D4984/F/6/1/13

'Excelsior for a slender figure on a slender purse' illustrated leaflet

Illustrated price list of hookside girdles, net belts, panties, suspender belts and hip belts, zip girdles, brassieres and maternity garments. Includes Pladay range.

[late 1950s]

D4984/F/6/1/14

'Foundations Excelsior' illustrated leaflet

Brochure with photographs, illustrations and price list for the teenage range, honeycomb net, net pull-ons, bras, maternity range and garments for the fuller figure.

[late 1960s]

D4984/F/6/1/15

'Foundations Excelsior' illustrated leaflet

Brochure with photographs, illustrations and price list for various ranges including Pladay 2, teenage, under 5'2, maternity and the bigger figure.

[late 1960s]

D4984/F/6/1/16

'Excelsior Corsetry for a slender figure on a slender purse' illustrated brochure

Brochure with photographs and illustrations of panties, zip girdles, hookside girdles, net belts, bras, corselets and lacing corsetry, including the Pladay range. A separate leaflet shows the retail price list.

[1960s]

D4984/F/6/1/17

'Excelsior - firm friend of the fuller figure' illustrated price list

Illustrated price list including retail, wholesale and manufacturer's prices of girdles, laced backs, laced fronts, suspender and hip belts, corselets, pantie girdles, elastic top sports and maternity girdles.

1969

D4984/F/6/1/18

'Excelsior - firm friend of the fuller figure' illustrated price list

Illustrated price list including retail, wholesale and manufacturer's prices of girdles, laced backs, laced fronts, suspender and hip belts, corselets, pantie girdles, elastic top sports and maternity girdles.

1970

D4984/F/6/1/19

'Coopers Excelsior - Coopers Swedish Collection' illustrated leaflet

Brochure with full spread photograph, illustrations and selling price of girdles, corselets, suspender and hip belts, bras, bra slip, busk front wraprounds, elastic top sports and maternity girdles.

[late 1960s]

D4984/F/6/1/20

'Excelsior Corsetry' advertisement

Double page Excelsior Corsetry advertisement, including order form. Shows photographs and prices of corselets, corsets and pantie girdles, including the Twilfit range.

[late 1960s]

D4984/F/6/1/21

'Excelsior' price list

Illustrated retail price list of hip belts, pantie girdles, zip girdles, hookside girdles, busk front wraprounds, laced fronts, elastic top sports, brassieres, corselets and laced backs.

1971

D4984/F/6/1/22

'Excelsior' price list

Illustrated brochure for hip belts, pantie girdles, corselets, busk front wraprounds, elastic top sports and laced backs. No price printed in the retail price boxes.

1980

D4984/F/6/2

Brochure and leaflets for Twilfit, Court Royal, and Excelsior ranges

Numbered /1-7

1990s

D4984/F/6/2/1

Brochure for Coopers of Ashbourne Twilfit range

 

[1980s]

D4984/F/6/2/2

Brochure for Coopers of Ashbourne Court Royal range

 

[1980s]

D4984/F/6/2/3

Brochure for Traditional Foundation Garments by Twilfit, Excelsior and Court Royal

 

[c1990]

D4984/F/6/2/4

Brochure for Traditional Foundation Garments, Twilfit, Excelsior and Court Royal

 

[1990s]

D4984/F/6/2/5

Leaflet for Coopers Fine Foundations Traditional Range

 

[mid 1990s]

D4984/F/6/2/6

'Introducing the new velcro range by Twilfit' leaflet

 

[mid 1990s]

D4984/F/7

Advertisting and promotional material

 

[1950s]-1997

D4984/F/7/1

Excelsior advertising and promotional material

 

[1950s-1970s]

D4984/F/7/1/1-2

Excelsior showcards

One featuring a young woman, wearing a brassiere and girdle with the text 'Excelsior for value for a slender figure on a slender purse', and on the other featuring a young woman wearing a brassiere and layered underskirt with the text 'Excelsior for value brassieres and corsetry!'

[1950s]

D4984/F/7/1/3-4

Excelsior display cards

Two display cards showing 'Excelsior for value Corsetry'. One written in red, the other written in blue.

[1950s]

D4984/F/7/1/5-7

Sample black and white photographs used in illustrated price lists

'Nicholls Dorritis[?] Advertising Ltd' written on each

[1950s]

D4984/F/7/1/6

'A Unique Spring Offer through all good drapers' Excelsior advertisement mock up

'News of the World' hand written on the back.

[1950s]

D4984/F/7/1/7

'Big Sales Promotion!! by Excelsior for value Corsetry' information sheet for retailers

Information sheet about the Excelsior publicity promotion in Liverpool for the period 24-28th March. A post card is attached for reply purposes which indicates which sort of display material is required.

1958

D4984/F/7/1/8

'Naturally she wears Excelsior Corsetry' advertisement format

Vertical advert for Excelsior Corsetry with a box at the bottom for the retailer's name and address.

[late 1950s]

D4984/F/7/1/9-10

'Excelsior for value Corsetry and Brassieres' promotional advertisements

A block advert with two illustrations, prices and text with a space at the bottom for the name and address of the retailer. One has a heading of 'Today's Finest Value in Corsetry'.

[1950s]

D4984/F/7/1/11

'Excelsior for a slender figure on a slender purse' illustrated advertisement

Double sided illustrated advertisement for various garments, showing suggested layout.

[1960s]

D4984/F/7/1/12

'Pladay Now 5 fab colours' advertisement

Advert for the 'Pladay Colour Range'. Illustrations of two bras are crossed out.

[1960s]

D4984/F/7/1/13-14

'Hip hip away! Excelsior Corsetry for a slender figure on a slender purse' advertisement

A large poster advertising a garment 'to control those wayward hips and thighs'. The same advertisement is also in a smaller, paper version.

[1960s-1970s]

D4984/F/7/1/15-17

Proofs of images used in brochures or advertisements

Series of three proofs lettered A, C and D: A - 'hip hip away Excelsior corsetry', C 'nude in skin tone jet black or wild white pladay', D'look and feel at your very best Excelsior foundations'

[1960s

D4984/F/7/1/18

'50 50 Excelsior Foundations' Shared Local Advertising folder

Information about a shared advertising scheme which is part of the sales service of Excelsior. Includes sample layouts of suggested text and garments featured.

[late 1950s]

D4984/F/7/1/19

'A Selection of Advertising Blocks to help you sell Excelsior Foundations' folder

Folder including a range of advertising blocks and form to be completed.

[1960s]

D4984/F/7/1/20

'This is the NEW 1976 Excelsior range' advertisement

Whole page advert for Excelsior garments, taken from The Drapers Record, 24 Apr 1976.

1976

D4984/F/7/2

Kestos advertising and promotional material

 

[1950s-1970s]

D4984/F/7/2/1

'How to take care of your figure before and after the baby' leaflet

 

[1950s]

D4984/F/7/2/2-4

Kestos maternity bras leaflet and advertising layout with advertising mock up of illustrations used in both

 

[1960s]

D4984/F/7/2/5

Kestos 'New Girdles and Brassieres' illustrated brochure

 

[late 1960s]

D4984/F/7/2/6

'A Moonlight bra is a new romance by Kestos' showcard

Featuring a black and white photograph on a beach with the silhouette of a woman holding a bra

[1970s]

D4984/F/7/3

Wiltex advertising and promotional material

 

[late 1960s]

D4984/F/7/3/1-5

'A fitting foundation for you - Wiltex by Excelsior' leaflet, drawings and advertising and display information

Leaflet; two boards with drawings for the leaflet; typescript sheet of advertising information: 'Is corsetry a back number?' and typescript display information for shop windows.

[late 1960s]

D4984/F/7/4

'Pour les Braves' promotional material

Invitation to view stand at lingerie exhibition; 'Pour les Braves' branding; three colour photographs of exhibition stand; negatives of exhibition stand[?]; photograph of advertising display; catalogue photographs of 'Beatrice' bodice and 'Madeleine' corset; Asti Martini Lingerie Industry Awards programme, 1997 with 'Pour les Braves' listed as a finalist in the Foundationwear / Corsetry Collection Award.

1996-1997

D4984/F/7/4/1-10

'Pour les Braves' photographs and associated material

Invitation to view stand at lingerie exhibition; 'Pour les Braves' branding; three colour photographs of exhibition stand; negatives of exhibition stand[?]; photograph of advertising display; catalogue photographs of 'Beatrice' bodice and 'Madeleine' corset; Asti Martini Lingerie Industry Awards programme, 1997 with 'Pour les Braves' listed as a finalist in the Foundationwear / Corsetry Collection Award.

1996-1997

D4984/F/7/5

Traditional Foundation Garments promotional material

 

[1980s-1990s]

D4984/F/7/5/1-2

Card display stands for Traditional Foundation Garments (Court Royal and Twilfit)

One for Court Royal featuring an image of a girdle, the other for Twilfit featuring a young woman wearing bra and briefs, both with the slogan 'Retaining Nature's Form'

[1980s-1990s]

D4984/F/7/6

Other advertising and promotional material

 

[1950s-1980s]

D4984/F/7/6/1

'Chase Foundations - the natural spring choice' sample advertisement layout

 

[1960s]

D4984/F/7/6/2

Logo design for Special Occasions by Twilfit

Labelled 'Breheny Design Limited'

[1990s]

D4984/F/7/6/3

Information sheet from Goral Limited, Derby, giving fastening instructions for 'the new and much improved Mk II "Goral" Invisible Wafer Type Suspenders'

 

[1950s-1970s]

D4984/F/7/6/4

Text to promote Coopers Textiles (Ashbourne) Ltd, following its formation in 1988, written on headed paper

 

[c1988]

D4984/F/8

Photographs for catalogues and advertisements

 

[1940s]-1996

D4984/F/8/1

Large black and white photograph of woman wearing brassiere and girdle, posing beside a lamp on a column

Mounted on card. A photograph of a girdle has been superimposed onto the original image

[1950s]

D4984/F/8/2

Black and white contact sheets of a model wearing the Excelsior range

Copyright stamped on reverse Breheny Advertising, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

[1976]

D4984/F/8/3

Colour contact sheet of two models, one wearing brassiere and girdle and the other a corselette or body

 

c1982

D4984/F/8/4

Colour photographs of models wearing traditional and fashion corsetry

9 photographs of model wearing traditional brassieres and pantie girdles, 1 photograph of a model in a traditional corselette; 6 photographs of models wearing fashion corsets and lingerie

1990s

D4984/F/8/5

Colour photographs and negatives of models wearing fashion corsets, with accompanying letter to photographer

'Pour les Braves' range: 4 photographs, 6 sheets of negatives and covering letter. Found in file labelled 'Photography teken: Fri 19th July A/W [Autumn/Winter] '96 designs'

Jul 1996-Aug 1996

D4984/F/9

Packaging

 

[1980s]

D4984/F/9/1-2

Boxes for Excelsior Foundations and Moonlite Foundations bras

 

[1980s]

D4984/F/10

Lingerie Industry material

 

[1960s-1980s]

D4984/F/10/1

Liberty Foundations advertising brochure and price list for Top-Liner

 

[c1960]

D4984/F/10/2

'Elasticity in Corsetry' published as a souvenir of the Corsetry Trades Ball

Illustrated brochure including advertisements for corsetry and lingerie manufacturers and suppliers

1966

D4984/F/10/3

Official catalogue for the Lace Lingerie and Corsetry exhibition

 

Mar 1988

D4984/F/10/4

Photocopy catalogue and price list for Benmark Foundations Ltd lingerie

 

1988

D4984/F/10/5

Brochure for 'Antoinette' lingerie

 

1980s

D4984/F/10/6

'The Cloth Cutting Machine - a History' produced by the British Association of Clothing Machinery Manufacturers, 1990s

Illustrated booklet

[c1988]

D4984/G

Company history

 

[c1860s-1980s]

D4984/G/1

'The Stay Works: Being a Short History of 100 Years of Growth and Progress of Richard Cooper & Co (Ashbourne) Ltd, Corsetry & Brassiere Manufacturers, Ashbourne, Derby, Uttoxeter, Buxton'

Booklet centenary history of the company, including black and white photographs of staff and the factory.

Produced by Bemrose Publicity Co Ltd, Derby and London

1955

D4984/G/2

Copper printing plates of photographs used in 'The Stay Works'

 

[1955]

D4984/G/2/1

Copper printing plate: photograph of Mr G W Rose

 

[1955]

D4984/G/2/2

Copper printing plate: photograph of Mr G E Gather junior

 

[1955]

D4984/G/2/3

Copper printing plate: photograph of Mr Lewis Rose

 

[1955]

D4984/G/2/4

Copper printing plate: photograph of Mr Richard Cooper

 

[1955]

D4984/G/2/5

Copper printing plate: photograph of Mr G E Gather senior

 

[1955]

D4984/G/2/6

Copper printing plate: photograph of Mr William Hill Cooper

 

[1955]

D4984/G/2/7

Copper printing plate: photograph of Mr A L Jones, Company Secretary

 

[1955]

D4984/G/2/8

Copper printing plate: photograph of the first band knife used by the firm in 1865 with Mr Cooper and Mr Gather

 

[1955]

D4984/G/2/9

Copper printing plate: photograph of the first car purchased by the company in 1904

 

[1955]

D4984/G/3

Photographs

 

[c1860-1980s]

D4984/G/3/1

Photographs used in 'The Stay Works'

 

[c1860-c1955]

D4984/G/3/1/1

Black and white photograph of the house on Derby Road, Ashbourne, where Coopers first began making stays in 1855

 

[1950s]

D4984/G/3/1/2

Carte de visite photographic portrait of Richard Cooper (1827-1885)

 

[c1860]

D4984/G/3/1/3-4

Cabinet portrait of William Hill Cooper (1855-1904) son of Richard Cooper

Original cabinet portrait c1890 with copy photograph of another version of the cabinet portrait signed by William Hill Cooper, c1955.

[c1890-c1955]

D4984/G/3/1/5

Black and white portrait photograph of Mr George E Gather (1850-1928)

This photograph was used in the centenary history, published in 1955.

[1910s-1920s]

D4984/G/3/1/6

Black and white photograph of the framed receipt for the first Patent Sewing Machine purchased in 1857

This photograph was used in the centenary history, published in 1955.

[c1950s]

D4984/G/3/1/7

Black and white photograph of premises in Compton Street, Ashbourne, where the company moved in 1870

 

[1950s]

D4984/G/3/1/8

Black and white photograph of Coopers delivery van with Excelsior branding

Photographed by R & R Bull, Victoria Studio, Ashbourne.

[1950s]

D4984/G/3/2

External photographs of factory buildings

 

[1950s-1980s]

D4984/G/3/2/1

Black and white photograph of Buxton factory opened in 1954

Shows a Victorian or Edwardian house and a van with Exelsior brand name.

[c1954]

D4984/G/3/2/2

Black and white photograph of Derby factory

 

[c1950s]

D4984/G/3/2/3

Black and white photograph of view across factory rooftops in Derby

Black and white. Taken by Frairs Gate Studio, Commercial and Industrial Photographers, Warrington

[c1950-c1970]

D4984/G/3/2/4-6

Black and white aerial photographs of factory in Ashbourne (known as Cooper's Mill)

Taken by Aero Pictorial Ltd

[c1954]

D4984/G/3/2/7-10

Colour aerial photographs of factory in Ashbourne (known as Cooper's Mill)

Three black and white photographs taken by Aero Pictorial Ltd, c1954; two colour photographs, c1980s

[1980s]

D4984/G/3/3

Internal photographs of factories and garment production

 

[1950s-1980s]

D4984/G/3/3/1

Black and white photograph of Ashbourne factory sewing room

Black and white photograph of the sewing room with women sewing in the background. Copyright stamp on reverse of The North Western Electricity Board

[c1950s]

D4984/G/3/3/2

Black and white photograph of the materials store

Black and white photograph of store with bales of fabric and three male employees in background. Photograph taken by Frairs Gate Studio, Commercial and Industrial Photographers, Warrington.

[c1950s-c1960s]

D4984/G/3/3/3-4

Black and white photographs of Mr A E Gather supervising cutting out and inspecting brassiere cups

Both stamped "Illustrated" copyright on reverse.

[1950s]

D4984/G/3/3/5-7

Black and white photographs of machinists making up and inspecting knitted garments

Photographs by John Adams (Publicity) Ltd, Birmingham.

[1960s]

D4984/G/3/3/9-10

Colour photographs of pattern drawers and machinists at work

One labelled on reverse: Graeme Wright Photography, Hill Ridware, Staffordshire

[1980s]

D4984/G/3/4

Photographs of staff and social events

 

1922-1965

D4984/G/3/4/1

Black and white postcard photograph of Corset Works Party, Town Hall, Ashbourne, 13 January 1922

Accompanied by a letter and envelope from H Bull to Mr and Mrs Rose, 1980

1922-1980

D4984/G/3/4/2

Black and white group photograph of Coopers' male staff

Copy photograph of men at a celebration, possibly the centenary anniversary, retirement part or similar event.

[c1940-c1955]

D4984/G/3/4/3-4

Black and white photographs of Mr Lewis Rose at the Rotary Ball

 

1964

D4984/G/3/4/5

Black and white photograph of a group of men, with Mr George E Gather, centre, and Mr A E Gather, right, at a conference in Newcastle on Tyne

Stamped on reverse 'This is a Tyne Tees Television Picture'

13 Sep 1965

D4984/G/4

News cuttings relating to the history of the firm

 

1904-1955

D4984/G/4/1

Newspaper, The Ashbourne News, including obituary and report on the funeral of Mr W H Cooper

 

16 Dec 1904

D4984/G/4/2

Newspaper, The Ashbourne News and Dove Valley Record, with article on page 5 entitled 'The "Great Family" of Richard Cooper Ltd Celebrates its Centenary'

Illustrated with photographs of employees. Lists employees presented with long service awards, including Lewis Rose, Managing Director, with 57 years service.

30 Jun 1955

D4984/G/5

Memorabilia

 

[1860s]-1967

D4984/G/5/1

[Messrs] Cooper & Smith, Corset Manufacturers, Ashbourne, packing label

Label accompanied by a note to state that it is the only known record of the original firm of Cooper & Smith, found in 1972 on part of a packing case.

[1860s-1870s]

D4984/G/5/2

Factory time check token

Metal (?brass) circular token, 3.5cm in diameter with a whole at the top. The obverse is stamped 'TIME CHECK' with the number 56 in the centre. The reverse is blank.

[late 19th cent]

D4984/G/5/3

Richard Cooper's briefcase with engraved name plate

 

[c1860s-1880s]

D4984/G/5/4

Letters from private individuals probably kept for amusement value

Includes letters of complaint, a request from soldiers on active service for female pen pals, requests for corsets, comments on products and letters from people in Africa in response to advertisements there.

[1950s-1960s]

D4984/G/5/5

Centenary Celebration supper programme

Includes menu, list of artistes and toast list

1955

D4984/G/5/6

Invitation to A E Gather to a cocktail party celebrating the retirement of G E Gather

 

1967

D4984/G/5/7

Gladstone bag with chain and leather arm cuff to secure it from theft

 

[late 19th cent-early 20th cent]

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