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Osram, makers of electrical

Cover of 'The Osram Searchlight', Copyright 2017 Peter Timms Copyright © 2017 Peter Timms Peter Timms sent two images from 'The Osram Searchlight' staff newsletter, December 1951. To the left is the cover for the Christmas edition which includes a message from the management of the Osram Group:

To all our employees, to all our friends in associated factories at home and abroad, and to all other readers of "The Searchlight," whatever their interest in Osram, we extend Cordial Greetings at Christmastide and Best Wishes for the Coming Year.

Peter: 'My parents: Winifred Stafford and Peter Timms (senior), met at Osram's Brentford factory where they both worked. I can't find out much about this firm apart from what is mentioned in the staff magazine. My parents kept it because their wedding was reported in the December 1951 edition.

'The Brentford Works was called Springvale. It was on the north side of the Great West Road, on the corner with Clayponds Lane and opposite the Beacham Buildings.

'As can be seen from the cover, Osram made various types of electrical equipment and each factory specialised in certain components. The Springvale Works made the larger types radio valves. Other Osram Valve Works were at Hammersmith (the Osram-G.E.C. headquarters), Perivale and Durham. The Osram Group was an international organisation and part of the General Electric Company.

'The Springfield site was eventually demolished and a showroom for Mercedes-Benz cars was built there. Any further information or corrections welcome.

A few checks of the British Newspaper Archive failed to locate any articles for Osram, Brentford - most pretained to their Brook Green HQ, not Brentford. Please get in touch if you can add any information about Osram's local operation.

Excerpt from 'The Osram Searchlight', Copyright 2017 Peter Timms
Copyright © 2017 Peter Timms

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Published November 2017