Harper's Auto Co.

D Harper & Co.

Harper's Auto Co.

258, 260 and 262 Holloway Road, Islington, London N7

266/8 Holloway Road, Islington, London N7

Later...

THE HARPER AUTOMATIC MACHINE MANUFACTURING COMPANY LIMITED

Automatic Works, Stafford Road, Waddon, Croydon, Surrey.

HARPER'S SOUTH OF ENGLAND AUTOMATIC Co LD

℞. 266-8 HOLLOWAY RD LONDON N

Zinc, 21mm. Hayes 183B.

Harper's Auto Coy Holloway.N. ℞. Value 2D

Brass, 17.5mm Hayes 183B.1

HARPERS PICKWICK HOLLOWAY ℞. Blank

Zinc, 15.9mm. Hayes 183B.2

D. HARPER & CO'S AUTOMATIC MACHINES HOLLOWAY RD. LONDON.N.

℞. CHANGE AT COUNTER FOR GOODS VALUE 1D

Zinc 26mm Similar Hayes 183B.5

Another

Harper's Auto Co. tokens known:-

183B. HARPER'S SOUTH OF ENGLAND curved with two dot spacers & AUTOMATIC in central line with broken line above/all incuse/no rim. Rev. HOLLOWAY RD LONDON curved with two dot spacers & 266-8 in central line/all incuse. Alloy/21.mm.(R)

183B.1 HARPER'S AUTO COY HOLLOWAY.N. curved with one star spacer/beaded rim. Rev. VALUE curved above 2D Brass/17.5mm (R)

183B.2 HARPERS PICKWICK HOLLOWAY curved with two dot spacers/beaded circle and c/h /plain rim. Rev. Blank. Zinc/16mm

183B.3 HARPERS curved with 266/8 HOLLOWAY ROAD LONDON N all incuse in four lines/no rim. Rev. Uniface. Zinc/30mm

183B.4 As 183B.2 without c/h Rev. Blank. Zinc/16mm

183B.5 D. HARPER & CO'S AUTOMATIC MACHINES with two ornament spacers curved around inner circle that is broken by the base of a tall central building with HOLLOWAY RD. LONDON curved in circle/plain rim. Rev. CHANGE AT COUNTER FOR GOODS VALUE 1D in three lines/beaded rim. Brass/25.5mm

Guarantee dated 31st July 1930 with illegible Harper signature.

The Harper Automatic Machine Manufacturing Co. Limited

Automatic Works, Stafford Road, Waddon, Croydon, Surrey.

INTERNATIONAL KINEMATOGRAPH EXHIBITION

Olympia, London. March 1913.

The Harper Electric piano appears before us in double-barrelled form. With this latest instrument there are two places where music rolls can be fed into it, either being switched on at will. In such a manner the music may be changed from gay to grave and vice versa, to suit whatever film may be showing at the moment. Also it becomes possible to rewind a used roll while all the time the piano is playing from a second and unused one. The whole idea seems most excellent.

The exhibit of the Harper Electric Piano Co., Harper Ltd., is a most attractive one. It consists of a variety Of musical instruments suitable for picture theatre showmen. One of the most conspicuous features at the stand is their well-known orchestral piano, consisting of a piano and organ combined; while the Harper Electric piano, which can be played by electricity as well as by hand, and the Harper violin electric piano, an instrument which gives the effect of a violin orchestra, are two other exhibits that attract a lot of well-warranted attention.

A new instrument, which is exhibited for the first time, is an electric piano containing two music rolls controlled by a single operator. One roll of music is of a lively character, and the other roll is of a type suitable for playing while serious films are being shown. The operator can start or stop the piano, and put on whichever roll of music is most suitable, by simply pressing a button. It is an instrument for which a wide demand may be anticipated, as it does away with the necessity of having a pianist, and also with the objection which is sometimes raised that it is difficult to get suitable music to correspond with the style of film being shown. Another exhibit consists of the Harper ticket-issuing machine, which for the purpose of the Exhibition are offered at a reduction of twenty to thirty per cent, below the usual prices. This reduction is made with the object of endeavouring to secure a large number of orders at the Exhibition, and the usual price will be reverted to when the show is over. The Harper vaporisers are also displayed, together with the Harper "Sprayol" essence for using with this effective little appliance. The Harper "Singing Birds" (penny-in-the-slot) attract a good deal of attention at the stand, and these would seem to be specially suitable for picture-theatre proprietors to place in entrance halls, and as the cost is only £8 15s., it would not take many months before they would defray their own cost by the pennies which the public put into the slot. A still further exhibit on this stand consists of the "Majestic" Pathephone. which plays 20 inch records with the effect of a small band, while there are also smaller "Pathephones" and a selection of D. Harper & Co's advertising novelties suitable for picture theatre proprietors to distribute to patrons.

From THE KINEMATOGRAPH DAILY. MARCH 26th, 1913.

List of members of London County Council 1919–1937

In 1919 triennial elections to the London County Council resumed. The elections due in 1916 had been postponed due to the First World War, and vacancies had been filled by co-option.

The size of the council was increased to 124 councillors and 20 aldermen from 1919. The councillors were elected for electoral divisions corresponding to the new parliamentary constituencies that had been created by the Representation of the People Act 1918.

Councillors 1919–1928

....Electoral division Islington West - Sidney C Harper Elected 5 March 1925* Municipal Reform Party...

Councillors 1928–1937

...Islington North - Sidney C Harper (elected at by-election 14 July 1932) Municipal Reform Party..

Councillors 1937 - 1949

...Islington North - 4 March 1937 NO CHANGE Municipal Reform party - 7 March 1946 Arthur E Middleton - Labour

* LCC Elections, The Times, 6 March 1925, p.16

1929 ...Islington—The Mayor of, Alderman S. C. Harper, J.P. ...

......One other issue enlivened the municipal politics of Croydon in 1938 when three local men were prosecuted on charges of bribing electors at a municipal election. Percy Harper, the managing director of the Harper Automatic Machine Manufacturing Company, had stood unsuccessfully as an RA candidate in a by-election in Whitehorse Manor ward on 8 December 1937. Two of his employees, a manager in his firm and a tinsmith, had allegedly 'frequently treated electors to drinks in public houses' in the two weeks of campaigning and on the night of the poll. In addition, 'three sums, totalling 5s.' were distributed on other occasions by Harper's canvassers. Harper himself had been in the pubs at the time of the alleged 'treating', and had played darts with the customers, but he himself had not stood the rounds of drinks. The case went to the Central Criminal Court, and was sensational enough to prompt questions in Parliament, where a Tory MP demanded to know who the 'informer' was who had prompted the charges, implying that it was someone in the Croydon Labour party. As there was no evidence that Harper himself had paid for the drinks, he was eventually acquitted, along with his employees. There is no way of knowing, of course, how the electors of Croydon viewed these events, but some at least amongst them must have wondered why a prosperous businessmen should frequent the public houses of a ward he was standing in, whose inhabitants were described in the Times as 'of the working class', while one of his managers bought drinks all round....

From County Borough Elections in England And Wales, 1919-1938, A Comparative Analysis: By Sam Davies, R. E. Morley

History of Islington By Sidney C. Harper

History of Islington. ancient and modern published by his worship the mayor Sidney C. Harper in connection with the1923 Islington exhibition. Published 1923 in London. 100p.

Daniel Harper, born 1855 Islington, London. died 1903

1891 Census.

Surname Forenames Born in Place of birth Location in 1891

Harper Daniel 1856 Islington Islington, Islington South West

Surname Forenames Born in Place of birth Location in 1891

Harper Sidney C 1878 Stoke Newington Islington, Upper Holloway

Percy Stephen Harper ?

David Edward Henry Neale - free company director check.

Director ... company-director-check.co.uk/director/900616178

HARPER (HOLLOWAY) LIMITED, Dissolved. HARPER ... D.HARPER & CO LIMITED, Dissolved, (Director Resigned 31/12/1994). D.HARPER & CO LIMITED ...

The Harper Piano Co of Holloway Road were active in the first half of the twentieth century, manufacturing a range of instruments including gramophones and 'synchronising pianos for cinema theatres'. The company later changed its name to the Harper Electric Piano Co, not because it was making an Edwardian electronic keyboard but because it made instruments which could only be played after putting a penny in the slot. In the year to November 1905 they sold 55 of these, mainly to cafes and restaurants.

Although the company is long gone from Holloway Road, their sign still stands out. It appears to have been over-painted at least once.

From... http://carolineld.blogspot.com.au/2011_05_01_archive.html

Harper's South of England Automatic Co Ltd

Primary Address

258, 260 and 262 Holloway Road

Islington N

from December 1906

Additional Addresses

266-8 Holloway Road

Islington N

from August 1900 until December 1906

Business Detail

Category: Cinema Equipment Manufacturer or Supplier

Type: Manufacturer of Automatic Machines

Capital: £10,000 (4,000 preference £1 shares, 6,000 ordinary £1 shares)

Notes

Formed to acquire the rights to the penny in the slot machines produced by Haydon and Urry trading as Automatic Machines.

Trading Information

Trading Dates: from 31 August 1900 until 24 July 1923.

Start Notes: Reg 31 Aug 1900

End Notes: Wound up voluntarily by EGM resolution 30 March 1917. Dissolved by notice in the London Gazette 24 July 1923

Related People

Daniel Harper (Director)

Alfred Haynes (Director)

Fritz Muhlenkamp (Director)

George Cadell Wood (Director)

Bioscope Annual 1914 (p.437)

Bioscope Annual 1915 (p.413)

BT 31/16459/67111

D. Harper and Co

of 258/262 Holloway Road, London, N7.

Ditto Address. Telephone: North 1636 and 4453. (1929)

Ditto Address: Telephone: North 3822 (3 lines). Telegraphic Address: "Pertaining (Holway), London. (1937)

Ditto above. (1947)

1922 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturer of Fancy Goods and Imitation Leather Novelties; Fitted Comb and Mirror Cases; Treasury Note Cases; Photo Frames; Diaries and Advertising Novelties for all trades. (Stand No. J.94)

1929 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturer of Fancy Goods in Leather; Leather Clothe; Leatherette; Paper Celluloid including Photo, Stamp and Autograph Albums; Pocket Books; Diaries; Note Cases and Advertising Novelties of every description. (Stand No. J.108)

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Shipping and Engineers' Diaries; Advertising Calendars; Blotters; Note Cases, and all kinds of Advertising Gifts for hardware manufacturers and engineers' showcards. Bell Patent Key Holder. Patent Lok-et-in Wallet. Builders' Squared Note Books. (Stand No A.704)

1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturer of Leather Goods, Albums, Calendars, Blotters, Diaries, Stationery Goods and Advertising Gifts. (Also as Publishers of Children's Books, Birthday Books and Stamp Albums). (Olympia Stand No. F.1864)

Note:

See also: Harper Piano Co also of 256-262 Holloway Road.

Harper Piano Co

of 256/262 Holloway Road, London, N7. Factories at Holloway, N7 and Chalk Farm, NW1. (1922)

of 258-262 Holloway Road, London, N7. Factory: Harmood Street, London, N.W.1. Telephones: Hampstead 6105; North 1636 and 4453. (1929)

Sidney C. Harper - Managing Director (1922 and 1929)

1922 British Industries Fair Advert for Harper Pianos. High Quality at Low Prices. Manufacturers of Harper Pianos, Vertical and Oversprung; Harper Player Pianos; Harper Electric Pianos; Harper Gramophones; Harper Singing Birds. (Stand No. B.57) [1]

1929 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Harper Pianos, Harper Player Pianos, Harper Electric Pianos, Harper Gramophones. Specialties: Small 5-octave Pianos; Harmonic Synchronising Pianos for Cinema Theatres. (Stand No. MM.7)

1922 British Industries Fair advert,

via Grace's Guide wiki

Harper's Novelty Toy Co

of 258-262 Holloway Road, London, N7

1922 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. "Jungle Jink Schools" Jonathan Walking Toy, "Toyzenet" Constructional Puzzles, small and large sizes; Hook-a-fit Patent Jigsaw Puzzles and Jig-saw Puzzles. (Stand No. F.21)

Note:

D. Harper and Co share the same address.

From a pack of miniature playing cards by D. Harper & Co Ltd., Holloway N7. Cromwell Series, sold in a leather wallet, designed with the appearance of a book titled ‘Let us Play’ written on the spine; cards measure approx. 46 x 33mm.

Harper Electric Piano Co Ltd

Address

255-262 Holloway Road

Islington N

Business Detail

Category: Cinema Equipment Manufacturer or Supplier

Type: Automatic Pianos

Capital: £11,000 (£1 shares)

Notes

Formed to acquire rights to the Harper Electric Piano from D Harper and Co, 266-268 Holloway Road and to take over that business. Daniel Harper was deceased and business was acquired from the trustees, William Jay and Edith Garstin. Company formed to sell the Harper upright electric piano with 1d slot attached to cafes, restaurants etc. Profits for 10.10.04 - 15.11.05 were £897 15s 6d based on sales of 55 instruments. Price for upright piano is 45 guineas, for a horizontal grand, 65 guineas. Also purchased rights to the Sunrise Washing Machine.

Trading Information

Trading Dates: from 5 January 1906 until 21 April 1911.

Start Notes: Reg 5 Jan 1906

End Notes: Wound up for formation of new company April 21 1910

LG page5978

THE LONDON GAZETTE, AUGUST 16, 1910.

The HARPER ELECTRIC PIANO COMPANY Limited.

AT an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Members of the above Company, held at the registered offices, 258-262, Holloway-road, London, N., on July 21st, 1910, the following Special Resolution was duly passed ; and at a subsequent Extraordinary General Meeting of the Members of the said Company, also duly convened, and held at the same place, on August 5th, 1910, the following Special Resolution was duly confirmed:—

"That the Harper Electric Piano Company Limited be wound up voluntarily, and that Mr. Harry Wilson, of

23, Devereox-court, Strand, Londou, Incorporated Accountant, be appointed Liquidator to conduct the winding up."

Dated this 6th August, 1910.

SIDNEY C. HARPER, Chairman

Harper Electric Piano Co (1910) Ltd

Address

255-262 Holloway Road

Islington N

Business Detail

Category: Cinema Equipment Manufacturer or Supplier

Type: Manufacturer of Automatic Pianos, Musical Instruments

Capital: £30,000 (28,000 participating ordinary shares of £1 and 20,000 deferred shares of 2s each)

Trading Information

Start Notes: Reg 27 May 1910

From... http://londonfilm.bbk.ac.uk/view/business/?id=397

LG page6645

THE LONDON GAZETTE, 16 OCTOBER, 1931.

HARPER PIANO COMPANY Limited.

Special Resolution.

The Companies Act, 1929.

AT an Extraordinary General Meeting of the above named Company, duly (held at 258, Holloway Road, N., on Monday. October 12th, 1931, the following Special Resolution was duly passed, viz.: —

" That the Company be wound up voluntarily, and that Henry Edward Colesworthy, Chartered Accountant, of Alderman's House, Bishopsgate, E.C. 2, be and is hereby appointed Liquidator for the purpose of such winding-up."

SIDNEY C. HARPER, Chairman.

Harper Ticket-Issuing and Checking Machine Co Ltd

Primary Address

9 Fleet Street

City EC

Additional Addresses

65 London Wall

City EC

Business Detail

Category: Cinema Equipment Manufacturer or Supplier

Type: Ticket Issuing Machine Manufacturer

Notes

Machines were on view at the premises of the New Film Hiring Co Ltd, 97 St Martin's Lane (Bioscope 3.3.10, 56). Single Issuing machines £8, double issuing £14, tickets per 250 £2 (Bioscope 10.3.10,54). Also known as Harper's Ticket Issuing Co (BA 1914). BA 1914 lists address as 65 London Wall

The Harper Automatic Machine Manufacturing Company, Limited

4658 THE LONDON GAZETTE, 24th APRIL 1970

Notice is hereby given, pursuant to section 353 (5) of the Companies Act, 1948, that the names of the Companies mentioned in the list hereunder have been struck off the Register. Such Companies are accordingly dissolved as from the date of the publication of this notice.

.....Harper Automatic Machine Manufacturing Company, Limited, The...

Improvements in coin-controlled vending machines

Description of GB550228 (A)

PATENT SPECIFICATION

Application Date: June 26, 1941 No 8029/41.

Complete Specification Left: July 23, 1942.

Complete Specification Accepted: Dec 30, 1942.

550,228

PROVISIONAL SPECIFICATION

Improvements in Coin-controlled Vending Machines.

We, PERCY STEPHEN HARPER, a British subject, and THE HARPER AUTOMATIC MACHINE MANUFACTURING COMPANY LIMITED, a British Company, and both of the Company's address at Automatic Works, Stafford Road, Waddon, Croydon, Surrey, do hereby declare the nature of this

invention to be as follows:-

This invention relates to coin-controlled vending machines and has for its object to provide a machine which, upon the.....

Improvements in apparatus or devices for testing coins, discs and tokens by weight

United Kingdom Patent GB390978

GB390978 is referenced by 1 patents.

390,978. Coin-freed apparatus. HARPER, P. S., Adelaide House, Ashurst Walk, Croydon. July 6, 1932, No. 19106. [Class 27.] Testing coins.-Coins inserted in a shoot 2, Fig. 1, having an inclined base 12 roll with a constant initial velocity along a shoot 1 carried by a pivoted arm 3 provided with adjustable counterweights 6, Fig. 3. The arm 3 is held by the weights 6 against a stop 7 with the shoot 1 oblique to a vertical slot 9 in a plate 8. The rolling coin depresses the shoot 1 about the pivot 4, which is parallel to the shoot, and, if the coin is of correct weight, the shoot comes into alignment with the slot 9 and the coin passes through this slot to a shoot 10 leading to the coin-freed mechanism.; If the coin is light or over weight, the shoot fails to be in alignment with the slot 9 when the coin leaves it, and such a coin drops to a rejected coin receptacle 11 on the near side of the plate 8. The plate 8 is adjustable in position by means of elongated slots 14.

Title

Improvements in apparatus or devices for testing coins, discs and tokens by weight

Application Number

GB19320019106 19320706

Publication Number

390978 (A)

Application Date

1932-07-06

Publication Date

1933-04-20

A total of fifty patents by Percy Stephen Harper - Assignee, may be seen here...

http://www.directorypatent.com/assignee/Percy_Stephen_Harper_1.html

In 1959, in what appears to be the latest of these, Percy Stephen Harper patented Improvements in Appliances for Treating Hernia.

I, PERCY STEPHEN HARPER, a British subject, of 97, Foxley Lane, Purley, Surrey, do hereby declare the invention, for.....