Industry => General Industry => Printing => Topic started by: colin haggart on December 31, 2012, 17:56:41

Title: W & J Mackay & Co. Ltd, Gillingham. 1908.
Post by: colin haggart on December 31, 2012, 17:56:41
I have just recently found by accident, a copy of the Anniversary services for the Baptist Tabernacle Sunday School, dated the 12th & 13th of July, 1908.

On the back is the name of the printers;  W & J Mackay & Co. Ltd, Gillingham.

Can anyone shed anymore light about the printers, ie, where they were?

The Baptist Tabernacle, is Green St. Baptist Church, in case anyone did not know that.

Title: Re: W & J Mackay & Co. Ltd, Gillingham. 1908.
Post by: Leofwine on December 31, 2012, 18:23:25
I don't know much about them, but I do know they produced a number of local postcards in the early 1900s, (though they do not seem as common as Thornton Bros, who seemed to be the biggest of the New Brompton/Gillingham postcard printers.)  Here is an example of one of MacKay's postcards:

Title: Re: W & J Mackay & Co. Ltd, Gillingham. 1908.
Post by: Bryn Clinch on December 31, 2012, 19:10:48
That`s very interesting, colin haggart! I worked for Mackays for a short while when they were in Fair Row, Chatham. At that time they were high quality book printers with a small amount of `jobbing` work undertaken. I didn`t know that they were previously in Gillingham (although they did have a Bindery somewhere near the Strand at one time) or that they ever printed postcards. I remember a few of the director`s names - Jamie (who drove an elderly Rolls Royce); Keith and Leslie, who I think may have been their father. Leslie directed the Leslie Mackay Choir, which was quite well known in the 50s. I believe the family name was Mackay-Miller as some family members appear to have used that name. One of the family, possibly Angus, also ran the Bookshop in Station Road, Rainham and also edited a Rainham Residents magazine at one time.
Mackays are now in Badger Road, Lordswood and appear to be part of a very large organisation, but I don`t think the family are now involved. I seem to remember a post by peterchall which referred to an MOT on a Rolls that was in poor shape and thinking "I bet that was Jamie Mackay`s".