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George Palmer, late nineteenth century
George Palmer, late nineteenth century
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Brief Description: Portrait of George Palmer, founding partner of Huntley & Palmers biscuit company
Subject Date: Late nineteenth century
Full Description: In 1841 George Palmer went into partnership with his distant cousin and fellow Quaker, Thomas Huntley. He was energetic, ambitious and inventive and eager to mass-produce biscuits in a factory for customers at home and abroad. George Palmer opened the pioneering Reading 'Biscuit Manufactory' in Kings Road in 1846. He was assisted by his two younger brothers, Samuel and William Isaac. Samuel ran the London office, opened in 1847, and William Isaac managed the biscuit factory. In 1857 Thomas Huntley died. His son, Henry Evans, sold his share of the company and the three Palmer brothers became controlling partners. They renamed their growing business Huntley & Palmers of Reading and London. Once George Palmer was established as a successful industrialist, he devoted time to good works and public duties in Reading. He became the town's Member of Parliament and was a Councillor, Mayor and member of the local School Board. His most significant gift to the people of Reading was Palmer Park in east Reading.
Collection: Reading Museum Service
Dimensions: Height: 49.0cm, Width: 37.5cm
Subject: social history, trade <food mfr>, portrait, man
Name Subject: George Palmer
Content Type: photograph
Location: Reading Museum Service
Local Ref: REDMG : 1996.197.16
Unique ID: rm-rm-1996_197_16~1_961-i-00-000.tif
IPR: Reading Borough Council (Reading Museum Service)
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