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David & John Anderson

A selection of products of the firm David & John Anderson. The firm was described in their advertisement in the Commercial year book of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Manufactures in 1915 as manufacturers of "the original Scotch plaid ginghams, novelties in cotton dress goods, and highest grade shirtings" at Atlantic Mills, Bridgeton. Zephyr was a new fabric originated by the firm.

Anderson & Lawrie, cotton manufacturers, was founded in 1822 and taken over in 1839 by brothers David and John Anderson. The Atlantic Mills were built in 1864. Under chairman D B Anderson, D & J Anderson expanded in the early 20th century, becoming a private limited company in 1911. Atlantic Mills was a major employer in the East End with 700 looms. The firm concentrated on the manufacture of high-quality dress fabrics with short production runs. Their shirts, in particular, acquired a strong reputation at the top end of the market. D & J Anderson was absorbed by the House of Fraser group in 1959.

Reference: Mitchell Library, G 381

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

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