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Personal Archive of Ernest Greenwood

 
Personal Archive of Ernest Greenwood by Harold Mackintosh, Eric Mackintosh (1909)
Author: Harold Mackintosh, Eric Mackintosh
Title: Personal Archive of Ernest Greenwood, Manager of the Mackintosh Factory at Queen's Road in Halifax Harold Mackintosh, Eric Mackintosh, Mackintosh of Halifax
 
Year: 1909
Publisher: Unpublished
Place: Halifax
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: Yes
 
Price: £45
 
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A personal archive chronicling the professional life of a senior manager in the Mackintosh toffee company in Halifax. The archive which is held in a 'Nipper' file runs from 1909 to 1955 when Ernest Greenwood retired from the firm after 46 years of service. The archive charts his move into management in 1920 with a series of increasingly personalised letters from senior members of the Mackintosh family as he became General Manager of the Queen's Road Factory. There is the letter of 1920 to all employees announcing the death of the firm's founder, John Mackintosh, 'called to higher service'. The Christmas letters through the 1920s chart the industrial problems of the era though Harold Mackintosh notes 'It was a bit of an experiment when we put Ernest Greenwood up at Queen's Road, but the years have proved that it was the right choice.' The mood turns still darker with the letters of the 1930s and then by 1940 an account of the 'twelve stirring months, historic months'. Both Harold and Constance, Lady Mackintosh, sign a letter of thanks for their Silver Wedding presentations. The final sequence of letters comes from Eric Mackintosh with a last hand written salute written to mark retirement: 'Queen's Road will never be quite the same place again.' This cache of around 50 documents captures the flavour of life in the Mackintosh empire in the first half of the twentiethe century in a way that no conventional history can do and many of the documents are unique. Greenwood was clearly as diligent in his record-keeping as his sweet making and the archive is in very good condition indeed.
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