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Four labels for Gray's Tea mounted on card

Description: Mock up of 4 labels for Gray's Tea mounted on card. Labels to be used on a one pound bag of tea. Includes infusion instructions, quality guarantees and address of John Gray and Co.

Accession number: SH.2008.170.9

Further Notes: John Gray & Co were wholesale tea and coffee merchants located at 32 Albany Street, Edinburgh. Smith and Ritchie were established in Edinburgh in 1853. The firm were multi colour offset printers who were specialist suppliers to the food packaging industry. They were located at Amphion Works in Albert Street. In 1963 Smith & Ritchie became the first printing company in Scotland to use a gravure press and produced reel fed work up to five colours. Smith & Ritchie moved to Livingston in 1986 and in 1991 became the first printing firm in Scotland to use a 10 station gravure press.


Smith & Ritchie have subsequently moved out to Livingston and survive today as Amcor Flexibles S & R. Amcor are originally an Australian company and now have operations in 36 countries around the world specialising in many printed products of which the food packaging that Amcor Flexibles S & R is one.

History: Smith & Ritchie were located at 71 Albert Street, Edinburgh.

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Taken on March 19, 2009