Famous Brand Names and Their Origins (Paperback)
As featured in the Daily Express - Kathy Martin uncovers how brands like Bisto, PG Tips and Hovis got their names
As featured on Mail Online (03/01/17) - How Quality Street brought treats to the poor, how the Wall Street Crash created Nescafe and the birth of Coca-Cola: Secrets of our top brands revealed
As featured in the International Express on 4/1/17
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Many brands, including Boots, Hoover and Kelloggs, were named after their founders whilst others have less obvious origins; for instance, did you know that Velcro comes from velours and crochet, the French words for ‘velvet’ and ‘hook’?
This entertaining book by Kathy Martin explores the stories behind the brands, their names and their founders. Bursting with fascinating facts and period advertising, this must-read book will appeal to everyone interested in advertising, social history, food and famous names.
Basis of author article on the brands that built BritainBest of British, October 2017
As featured inThis England, Summer 2017
As featured inAntiques Diary, March 2017
Author interview & reviewYour Family History, February 2017
This fascinating and enjoyable book tells the story of around 200 brand names, delving succinctly into their origins and fortunes over time, and makes for a great slice of social history.
Read it for: An engaging collection of brand histories
This is a well-written, slightly idiosyncratic and thoroughly delightful book. That the author knows and loves her subject is very evident...NZ Crown Mines
...By its nature, this book is encyclopaedic, and although it can be completely read in one sitting (as this reviewer did), it is more a ‘dipping’ book to be consulted should one be interested in learning more about a specific brand or product.
On that basis, it is likely to have wide appeal, and be of use to both Historians and Joe and Jane Public. The international ubiquity of the brands the work contains (especially in countries of the British Commonwealth), also means that it is likely to have a large audience outside the British Isles.
A really fascinating read about many brand names that we never really stop to think about as they are so familiar. This book is full of interesting facts and will be enjoyed by many. Well researched and beautifully written.Amazon Reviewer
As featured in.The Daily Mail 2/1/17
As featured in.The Ephemera Society
As featured in.Daily Express 19/12/16
A History of Cadbury (Paperback)
When John Cadbury came to Birmingham in 1824, he sold tea, coffee and drinking chocolate in a small shop on Bull Street. Drinking chocolate was considered a healthy alternative to alcohol, something Cadbury, a Quaker, was keen to encourage. In 1879, the Cadburys moved to Bournville and created their ‘factory in a garden’ – an unprecedented move. It is now ironic that today’s Bournville is surrounded by that urban sprawl the Cadburys were so keen to get away from. This book looks at some of the social impact this company has had since its inception, both on the chocolate and cocoa business…By Sir Dominic Cadbury, Diane Wordsworth
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