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Rose Brothers (Gainsborough) Ltd

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William Rose, founder of Rose Brothers.

 

The firm of Rose Brothers has had a profound influence on businesses throughout the world, as it is from this firm that the packaging of modern commodities started.

William Rose (1857 - 1929) was a tobacconist by trade. After experimenting with methods for wrapping tobacco, and inventing the first tobacco-wrapping machine, he realised that the principle of packaging goods would have great benefits when applied to many other products. Although William Rose had little money, his early inventions were sponsored by wealthy patrons.

In 1898 the firm expanded into motor engineering, producing six different models. These took part in trial events. The price of the most expensive model was £625 (in the days when farm workers earned 16 shillings - approximately 80 pence - per week).

On the death of its founder in 1929, responsibility for the firm was inherited by his son, Alfred Rose. Between the two world wars the firm maintained its leading position in the packaging industry, with numerous improvements in both machinery and materials.

During the Second World War (1939 - 1945) all departments of the company were involved exclusively in work for the Admiralty, Air Ministry and Ministry of Supply. Significant developments in gun mountings and other weaponry were attributable directly to Rose Brothers.

The National Folding Box Co., Ltd. was the result of an invention by Rose Brothers and produced plain, printed and unprinted cartons automatically at a high rate of speed. The success and expansion of this business led to it being moved to separate premises in North Warren Road, Gainsborough. This company also developed punched and printed wrappers for use in the various High Speed "Rose" Wrapping Machines.

 


The tobacconist shop where William Rose began trading.

"PREMIER" TWIST WRAPPING MACHINE

Speed 140-160 per minute. This machine used different coloured foils to wrap different flavours and shapes of sweets.

 


THE "ROSE" CUBE WRAPPER AND LABELLER

Capable of wrapping 80 - 100 cubes or tablets a minute.

 

 


THE "ROSE" PATENT SYNCHRO BREAD WRAPPING AND SLICING COMBINATION

Wrapped 30 - 35 loaves per minute.


ROSE PATENT CLASS "I.C.S."

For opening cartons, filling with powders and sealing in powder-tight package. Handled 90 - 180 packets per minute (depending on size of carton.)


TRANSPARENT FILM WRAPPING

A variety of goods could be wrapped using this machine. Speed varied from 80 to 220 packets per minute.