- (Calcutta, India: Bengal Paper Mill Co.), n.d.
- metal sign (30 by 19.5 inches) backed by wood
Price: $1,150.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 129177
A large metal sign advertising the Bengal Paper Mill Co.'s "Well Known Quality Tiger Brand Papers." John C. Eddison states that the company was established during the 1880s by members of the British business community in Calcutta. It was founded "at a time when the outlook for Indian papermaking seemed very promising," just after the British government announced, in 1881, a policy of giving trade preference to Indian made articles. In the 1890s, the company developed a "workable process for the pulping of bamboos." The company fared less well after World War II. See Eddison, A Case Study in Industrial Development--The Growth of the Indian Pulp and Paper Industry (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Center for International Studies of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1955), 215-25. Eddison also noted that the company submitted semi-annual reports to the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies in Calcutta from 1893 to 1953. In 1971, the company was still listed in the Times of India Directory & Yearbook (Bombay: Times of India Press, 1971), 746. Although there are rust spots, mainly along the edges, the sign is quite legible. Its color logo, at the center of the sign, is in fine condition.