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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4435/F
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1921-1985
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.52 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Claude-General Neon Lights | neon light manufacturers


Administrative/Biographical history:

Claude-General Neon Lights was launched by the General Electric Company in 1930, in partnership with the French inventor Georges Claude. According to the Times of 1 July 1931, General Electic Company reported at their Annual General Meeting that "this company occupies itself with the production and sale of luminous gas discharge devices for advertising and other purposes. Already the Air Ministry have placed important contracts through the G.E.C. with Claude-General for Neon Beacons, and the company is also carrying out a large contract for the Croydon Aerodrome for luminous devices connected with the safe landing of aeroplanes during fog". By 1939 Claude-General was described at the G.E.C AGM as the "leading company in the electrical sign world".

In 1960 the name changed to Claudgen Limited. Further name changes: Lloydsecond Limited in 1992; The Tetley Visitor Centre Limited 1993; Tetley's Brewery Wharf Limited 2000; became Leeds Wharf Limited which was dissolved in 2009.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Claude-General Neon Lights, neon light manufacturers, 1921-1985. This collection contains corporate and accounts records including minutes of Directors' meetings, register of Directors and Members, articles of association, annual returns and end of year accounts.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Nine documents catalogued as LMA/4435/F/01/001-009.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the Corporation of London.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received as a gift in 2002.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
November 2009 to February 2010

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