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Claude-General Neon Lights

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of Pitman House, Parker Street, Kingsway, London, WC2

1910 Georges Claude demonstrated the first commercially practicable neon tube and took out the first patents on them[1].

1913 Claude erected the first neon advertising sign[2].

1914 Claude neon lamps were widely in use on the Continent[3].

1930 GEC invited Stephen Dickson Moyse, an American, to become manager of Claude-General Neon Lights Ltd, a company being formed in partnership with Georges Claude to manufacture neon signs[4]. Moyse helped improve the design and reliability of these lights and make them acceptable for urban use.

1931 GEC had established its Claude-General associate, in which it had "a considerable interest". It had already received orders from the Air Ministry for neon beacons for aerodromes for safe landing in fog[5].

1933 A "fusion of interests" had taken place between David Allen Neon Displays Ltd and Claude-General Neon Lights Ltd[6].

1937 Neon lighting. "Claudegen" Neon signs. "Cleora" Neon tubes.[7]

Claude Neon companies existed in many countries[8].

1969 ITT's subsidiary in France CGCT owned a majority of the shares in Claude, manufacturer of incandescent bulbs, fluorescent tubes, lamp fixtures and neon signs[9].

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 26 May 1960
  2. The Times, 26 May 1960
  3. The Times, 13 April 1914
  4. The Times, 9 November 1973
  5. The Times, 1 July 1931
  6. The Times 26 April 1933
  7. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  8. The Times, 26 May 1960
  9. The Times, 27 May 1969