26 December 2016

Old companies - Albert's office

12 Lime Street, in the City of London, where Albert French (Fred's brother) worked, commuting from Tolworth Station to Waterloo, followed by a walk across London Bridge. Above the shop, a small business named Evans, marine insurance brokers. Albert would visit Lloyd's underwriters in nearby Lloyd's of London every day, placing insurance orders for the broker's clients.
Lloyd's of London began in Edward Lloyd's coffee house in 1688.
 Note the milk churns outside the door of ABC; the Aerated Bread Company,
founded in 1862 established, a chain of self-service tea shops.
(Photo: Tony French - taken on a quiet weekend in the 1950s) 

An ABC cafe in the early 1900s
Illustration via Wikipedia from a book by Mrs E T Cook with illustrations by Hugh Thomson and
 F L Griggs, 'Highways and Byways in London'. First Edition 1902. Reprinted, 1903, 1907, 1911, 1920.

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