THE WORD THAT IS HEARD PERISHES, BUT THE LETTER THAT IS WRITTEN REMAINS

Below are a few of the letters that made up everyday communications in the company in the 1930s and 40s and which today give us a sense of how life and business were conducted.

A Christmas letter from Leslie Pinkham to all the staff in 1941

WHLP letter to staff December 1941

Letters to Ethel Butcher 1947

In May 1947 Ethel Butcher's husband died, below are some of the letters of condolence that were sent to her. Ethel who had started work at the Witham factory in 1926  was the sister of Geoff Ellis and Agnes Ellis who also worked for the company.

Letter WHLP to Mrs Butcher May 1947
Letter S Keeble to Mrs Butcher May 1947
Letter M Hood to Mrs Butcher May 1947

Letters to John Pinkham 1938 and 1939

John Pinkham worked abroad for a number of years before the war and in 1939 was working in a hotel in Germany. He and his father Leslie exchanged letters every week and as can be seen below on one occasion Leslie who was also known as Bert forgot to sign his letter.

Grandpa letter 081939
Mr Keeble letter 081939

Letter to John telling him of the death of his grandfather William.

Letter 191038