examples of cards marketed by Bednal Brothers Ltd, Printers &
Stationers, Market Street and Tib Street, Manchester.
At 1821-24, Thomas Bednal moved from his birthplace, Hanbury,
Staffordshire, to Manchester, married and set himself up in business, as
a boot and shoemaker, there. He was successful and by 1851 was employing
2 men, one of who may have been his brother James. Thomas’s sons
Thomas and Samuel, were more even successful in business, however,
establishing a printing and stationery business. By1871, the firm
occupied substantial shop premises at 128 Market Street, Manchester and
a factory nearby at 54 Tib Street. The trade directories describe the
brothers as “Printers, Stationers & Pattern Card Makers”
. The firm was still occupying these premises in 1905 but by 1910 they
had moved to 9D Piccadilly and subsequently to 2 Moseley Street,
Manchester though the works remained in Tib Street. Sometime in the
1920s they moved to 30 Dale Street, Oldham Street, Miles Platting and
appear to have remained in business there until at least 1945.
What finally became of the firm after this date is not known but one of
its owners -Arthur Bednal died in 1945 and this event may have led to
the company being wound up.
The cards now form part of the Bednall Collection.