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Parkinson

Parkinson
W. Parkinson & Co. Ltd.
Cottage Lane Works, City Road, London
WC1
England


In 1932, the firm were advertising a wide range of Gas Street lanterns (including square patterns), Conversion Burners (with Nozzles arranged in Cluster and Alignment formations), and the "Mor-lite" Patent Directional Refelctor. The latter was a simple and inexpensive device which could be adapted for any burner. It comprised two highly polished "Staybrite" Steel Wings which could be attached to the burner by an attachment or clip, thus allowing the wings to be adjusted around both horizontal and vertical axis. "Danger" lamps and lamps with Parabolic Reflectors for the illumination of Traffic Signs were also being advertised. - APLE Exhibition Catalogue 1932


The Maxill and Stetchford lamps were both displayed at the APLE's 1936 Conference in Cheltenham. The Maxill was given pride of place with a sectional model displayed to illustrate the patented burner construction. - Public Lighting #3, 1936


The firm mention more than 120 years' service to the Gas Industry, therefore they were founded around 1818. They were exhibiting their Maxill, Maxilla and Warwick lanterns along with controllers and igniters supplied by the Gas Meter Company and Horstmann Gear Company.- Public Lighting #10, 1938 and APLE Conference Programme 1938


The new version of the Maxilla G is being exhibited along with the Brimax Maxilla along with a new lamp called the Maxlume. - APLE Conference Programme 1939


Post war, the firm are concentrating on uniformity with their Maxill, Maxilla and Maxillette ranges designed to preserve the uniform appearance associated with uniform planning. It appears the lanterns have been redesigned and rationalised. The compactness of these "new" units ensures their durabilty, the number of joints which require profing against rain has been reduced to one, suspension lanterns are all fitted with a concealed safety chain device, fixed nipples and constant pressure governors are included as standard, control devices and reflectors can be easily removed for cleaning, and all components are standard and many are interchangeable throughout the range of lanterns. Finally it is suggested that Maxill is an abbreviation of Maximum Illumination.- APLE Conference Programme 1945


References:
APLE Exhibition Catalogue Blackpool 1932
APLE Conference Programme Bournemouth 1938
APLE Conference Programme Glasgow 1939
APLE Conference Programme Glasgow 1945


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