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W. E. Berry Ltd (1888 - 2004)

 Organisation

Dates

  • Existence: 1888 - 2004

Biography

The W.E. Berry Ltd printing company was founded by William Edward Berry in the early 1900s after taking over his father’s printing company and splitting with his business partner. The original company had been founded by William Berry in 1888 at 13 Currer Street in Bradford to print advertising posters. Business soon started to specialise in the railway and entertainment sector, specially the circus industry and over time became one of the most significant printers of entertainment posters in the UK.

In the 1920s the company started to print posters for the film industry after W.E. Berry met Fred Martin at Paramount Pictures. This developed into a lucrative partnership with Berry becoming one of only three companies in Britain to specialise in printing large format posters. Successive contracts with Disney and Columbia arrived, turning Berry into one of the leading producers and distributors of film posters in the UK. Some of the most famous posters include Star Wars (1977) and Flash Gordon (1980).

The mid of the twentieth century saw the production of Berry’s most beautiful and sought posters in the entertainment sector and the company continued experiencing success until the end of the late 1990s when it employed around 140 people, including Chief Illustrator Leon Crossley and a team of freelance commercial artists. However, by the early twentieth century Berry’s fortunes started to turn and after heavy financial losses the company went into administration in 2004, ceasing business on the 4th day of February that year.

Found in 106 Collections and/or Records:

Anglo-American Circus Poster, Friday 4 Saturday 5 May 1945

 Item
Reference code: 178R47.40
Scope and Contents Redditch, Beoley Road, Recreation Ground. Jumbo, The Alleys acrobatic act, Marthines troupe of performing dogs, The Albertas juggling act, Miss Rosey and her comedy horse, Mdlle. Rigley equestrian act, The Nondescripts, Black Eagle, Gerry Lee and Partner, Madam Mazelle om poblie wom womskie comedy act, Royal Cream ponies, Tiney and September, Prince Abdul, A host of clowns, Vokes strongman. Black type on yred, yellow and white background on the left hand side and colour illustration of...
Dates: Friday 4 Saturday 5 May 1945

Austen Brothers London Festival Circus Poster, c1980 - 1989

 Item
Reference code: 178R27.29
Scope and Contents

Nottingham the Forest. Black type and colour banner and footer. Printed by W.E. Berry Ltd. Bradford.

Dates: c1980 - 1989

Austen Brothers London Festival Circus Poster, c1980 - 1989

 Item
Reference code: 178R27.32
Scope and Contents

Banstead. Black type and colour banner and footer on white background. Printed by W.E. Berry Ltd. Bradford.

Dates: c1980 - 1989

Billy Smart's Circus and Menagerie Poster, 18 - 28 March 1959

 Item
Reference code: 178R47.64
Scope and Contents Cardiff, Sophia Gardens. The Six Biros, Billy Smart Junior presenting 10 elephants, Alma Piaia, aerial act, 3 Peters, aerial act, Fle-Ming's sea lions, Bartschelly plate spinning act, The Brooke Bond Chimps, The Four Willers, The Lunasz trapeze act, The Four Jungoves ladder act, Camel Caravan, plus 200 artistes from every nation. Colour illustration of clown on centre left behind the list of acts which are printed in multicolour type and background, and circus scenes on the right hand side...
Dates: 18 - 28 March 1959

Billy Smart's Circus and Menagerie Poster, 26 October - 14 November 1959

 Item
Reference code: 178R47.125
Scope and Contents

Clapham Common. White and red type on blue and white background. Printed by W. E. Berry Ltd Bradford.

Dates: 26 October - 14 November 1959

Billy Smart's Circus and Menagerie Poster, c1946 - 1999

 Item
Reference code: 178R47.130
Scope and Contents

Gloucester, The Oxleaze, 1-6 May. White, yellow and red type on blue and white background. Printed by W. E. Berry Ltd Bradford.

Dates: c1946 - 1999

Billy Smart's Circus and Menagerie Poster, c1946 - 1999

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Reference code: 178R47.131
Scope and Contents

Worcester, The Pitchcroft, 10-12 September. Plus Fairyland Fantasy. Yellow, white and blue type on dark blue, pink and white background. Printed by W. E. Berry Ltd Bradford.

Dates: c1946 - 1999

Billy Smart's Circus and Menagerie Poster, c1946 - 1999

 Item
Reference code: 178R47.132
Scope and Contents

Clampham Common, 28 October to 23 November. White, yellow and red type on dark blue and white background. Printed by W. E. Berry Ltd Bradford.

Dates: c1946 - 1999

Billy Smart's Circus and Menagerie Poster, c1946 - 1999

 Item
Reference code: 178R47.133
Scope and Contents

Porstmouth, Southsea Common, 27 July to 8 August. White, yellow and red type on dark blue and white background. Printed by W. E. Berry Ltd Bradford.

Dates: c1946 - 1999

Billy Smart's Circus and Menagerie Poster, c1946 - 1999

 Item
Reference code: 178R47.135
Scope and Contents

Britain's largest circus. Produced by master showmen. White and yellow and red combined type on dark blue and red background with red and white border. Left blank to add location and date. Printed by W. E. Berry Ltd Bradford.

Dates: c1946 - 1999

Billy Smart's Circus and Wild West Show Poster, c1946 - 1999

 Item
Reference code: 178R47.70
Scope and Contents

Porstmouth, Southsea Common, 11-16 August. Yellow and orange type and white type on dark blue background with illustration of clown's face and arm in green bowler hat on top section. Printed by W. E. Berry Ltd. Bradford.

Dates: c1946 - 1999

Billy Smart's Circus and Wild West Show Poster, c1946 - 1999

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Reference code: 178R47.140
Scope and Contents

Brighton, The Level, 18-30 August. Produced by Master Showmen. Black, white and yellow and red combined type on white and dark blue background. Printed by W. E. Berry Ltd Bradford.

Dates: c1946 - 1999

Billy Smart's Circus Ball Poster, c1946 - 1999

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Reference code: 178R47.128
Scope and Contents

Royal Albert Hall, 15 November. An evening of circus thrills, dancing supper, celebrities, sideshow and cabaret. Printed by W. E. Berry Ltd, Nesfield Printing Works, Bradford.

Dates: c1946 - 1999

Billy Smart's Circus plus Western Spectacle Poster, c1946 - 1999

 Item
Reference code: 178R47.77
Scope and Contents Dewsbury, the Feast Ground, 25-30 March. Jurkschat's Arabian horses, Cowboys, Indians, Squaws, The Foreign Legionaires, The Atlas Sahara Troupe of tumblers, Lilian Kenny trapeze act, Kroplin's chimpanzees, Rock'n'Roll elephants, The Two Loopinos motor-bike aerial act, 12 polar bears, The Flying Hungarian Lunasz, The Camel caravan, Spider Austin and Company, The Larenty Troupe, Gloria's Indian ponies, Flemming's Californian sea lions, Clown's firehouse. Colour illustration of cowboys and...
Dates: c1946 - 1999

Billy Smart's Circus plus Western Spectacle Poster, 5 - 10 August 1957

 Item
Reference code: 178R47.78
Scope and Contents Inverness, Bught Park. Jurkschat's Arabian horses, Cowboys, Indians, Squaws, The Foreign Legionaires, The Atlas Sahara Troupe of tumblers, Lydia and Lydda trapeze act, Kroplin's chimpanzees, Rock'n'Roll elephants, Musical chais on horseback, 12 polar bears, The Flying Hungarian Lunasz, The Camel caravan, Sasha Coco and Company, The Larenty Troupe, 8 African Lions, Flemming's Californian sea lions, Clown's firehouse. Colour illustration of cowboys and Indians scene galloping towards the...
Dates: 5 - 10 August 1957

Billy Smart's Circus Poster, 27 July - 8 August 1964

 Item
Reference code: 178R47.55
Scope and Contents

Porstmouth, Southsea Common. Yellow type on blue background and blue type on white background with half of a clown face on the right hand side and a pink speech bubble on bottom section. Printed by W. E. Berry Ltd. Bradford.

Dates: 27 July - 8 August 1964

Billy Smart's Circus Poster, 18 March - 3 April 1965

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Reference code: 178R47.56
Scope and Contents

Birmingham, Hay Mills. Yellow type on blue background and blue type on white background with half of a clown face on the right hand side and a pink speech bubble on bottom section. Printed by W. E. Berry Ltd. Bradford.

Dates: 18 March - 3 April 1965

Billy Smart's Circus Poster, 17 March - 2 April 1966

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Reference code: 178R47.57
Scope and Contents

Birmingham, Hay Mills. Yellow type on blue background and blue type on white background with half of a clown face on the right hand side and a pink speech bubble on bottom section. Printed by W. E. Berry Ltd. Bradford.

Dates: 17 March - 2 April 1966

Billy Smart's Circus Poster, c1946 - 1999

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Reference code: 178R47.58
Scope and Contents

Scarborough, Burniston Road Barracks Sports Field, 5 August to 10 August. Colour illustration of baby elephant on brown background, wearing a tutu and a pointy hat with a bauble stood up on two legs with its head turned towards the viewer and holding a yellow sign under his right leg reading The World's Greatest Circus, Thrills, Spectacle, Beauty. Printed by W. E. Berry Ltd. Bradford.

Dates: c1946 - 1999

Billy Smart's Circus Poster, c1946 - 1999

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Reference code: 178R47.59
Scope and Contents

Clapham Common, South Side, 28 October to 23 November. Colour illustration of baby elephant on brown background, wearing a tutu and a pointy hat with a bauble stood up on two legs with its head turned towards the viewer and holding a yellow sign under his right leg reading The World's Greatest Circus, Thrills, Spectacle, Beauty. Printed by W. E. Berry Ltd. Bradford.

Dates: c1946 - 1999

Additional filters:

Type
Archival Object 103
Collection 3
 
Subject
Acrobats 19
Aerialists 30
Animal trainers 11
Animals 71
Art 1