Colour Printer to the Queen

To tie in with the opening of the Chelsea Flower Show, we had a ‘green fingered’ rummage through the archive, and this is what we found.

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Alf Cooke started his printing business in 1872, but a string of bad luck led to the building being burnt down in 1880, and then partially destroyed by another fire in 1894. However, the building was rebuilt that year, and was the largest print-works in the world.

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The two specimens we have of Alf’s work come from seed packaging that his company produced. They are packets for competing seed distributors Suttons, and Carters. Of which Suttons were ‘Her Majesty’s Seedsmen’!

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