Waterlow and Sons Limited
1810-c. 1960, poster printer; printer, Dunstable and London
1810: James Waterlow (d.1876), Birchin Lane sold copies of legal documents produced by lithography; 1852: printed stamps; James Waterlow's sons, Alfred, Walter, Sydney and Albert, joined the partnership; branches were opened at Westminster and London Wall; 1876: firm became a limited liability company; 1877: family dispute and Alfred, the eldest son, and his sons and Alfred Thomas Layton, formed Waterlow Bros. & Layton retaining the Birchin Lane premises. The other brothers, under the Managing Directorship of Sir Sydney (as he had become after being Lord Mayor of London in 1872) continued Waterlow & Sons Limited ("W. & S."), operating from London Wall, Finsbury Market and other factories. In 1887, on the death of Alfred, Waterlow Bros & Layton became a company ("W.B.& L.").1920: companies amalgamated; late 1960s: assets of Waterlow & Sons Limited acquired by De La Rue & Co. Ltd.