The Company van from 1965

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This Bedford CA panel van was the office vehicle in the mid-1960s. The ‘G logo’, prominent on the side of the van, is being used as ‘A-Z’ had not yet been incorporated into the company name. It’s main use was to deliver stock between the Vestry Road head office in Sevenoaks and 24 Grays Inn Road, the London shop. Apparently, …

Master Atlas imprinted covers using metal dies

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Engraved metal ‘dies’, like the ‘Master Atlas of Greater London’ one here in the foreground, were used to imprint hardback covers. Placed in a foil blocking machine the die is heated and then ‘stamped’ with enough pressure to transfer, in this case gold, foil onto the surface of the book. Master Atlas imprinted covers using metal dies was last modified: …

Type layer using stripping film lettering

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The hand lettering of maps declined in the 1970s with the introduction of photo typesetters. Draughtsmen, having compiled the names, would painstakingly expose individual characters to film which, once developed, would be glued and stripped from the carrier sheet onto silicone paper ready to be cut and placed in position on a separate type sheet. Curved roads in particular required …

A-Z Logo

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Our iconic A-Z logo was designed in 1971 by Roy Dewar and was first published on the 1972 edition of the London A-Z Street Atlas which also had a new, white cover design. Roy Dewar was born in Battersea, London. He left school at the age of 15 and in 1962 worked on the “J.J.” strip with Bill Wellings for …

History

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lthough the history of A-Z spans 80 years, the story of the company began when a young Hungarian, Alexander Gross moved to London seeking his fortune (and avoiding conscription). Alexander founded Geographia in 1908, and produced a series of World Atlases, followed by war maps and aviation maps. These maps would provide him with the financial security and reward he …