This week sees the launch of our catalogue for W & J Martin (Glasgow) Ltd. The company were leather merchants, tanners, and footwear manufacturers from around c1830-1981.
The collection includes several examples of ad campaigns run by the company, such as those below for their patented ‘Zug’ uppers:
These adverts acknowledge that after the war customers were unable to spend, and companies were unable to produce supplies. Like many businesses during World War II, it is likely that W & J Martin survived thanks to government contracts.
Other highlights of the collection include several lab and process books, which detail experiments and standardised processes for the treatment and manufacture of leather dating from 1897. The catalogue for the collection can be found here.
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