Stidston, Stoddard, Engelbregt, Ferdinands, Nazar-Sabejian, Stoddart, Devon, Scotland, Dutch East India
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 Mailshot to customers, 1869.
Stidston mailshot on change of management, Plymouth.
From the family’s modest collection of old papers comes this letter (I suppose today it would be called a mailshot) dated Feb 20, 1869, announcing the retirement of John Stidston’s brother from the family firm, and the consequent change in trading name to ‘John Stidston & Sons’. We’re still digesting these and other documents for clues to the evolution of the business; meanwhile, it’s amusing to note the dubious promise of ’perfect efficiency in the management of the concern’... something businesses today haven’t cracked either!

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