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c1876 The brothers George and Joseph Lines began to make wooden toys, their company being G. and J. Lines. Joseph was the active partner while George went into farming. Joseph (or Joe) had four sons.
1897 Walter Lines, Joseph's son, joined the company which had one factory - this was making horses for various purposes, including rocking horses, horses for roundabouts and full size horses for use by tailors, as well as wooden toys, baby carriages, and folders.
1904 Partnership dissolved. '... the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, George Lines and Joseph Lines, carrying on business as Rocking Horse, Mail Cart, and Strong Toy Manufacturers, at 457, Caledonian-road, and North-road, Metropolitan Cattle Market, Islington, both in the administrative county of London, under the style or firm of G. AND J. LINES, has been dissolved by mutual consent as and from the 31st day of December, 1903. All debts due to and owing by the said late firm will be received and paid by the said Joseph Lines, who will continue the said business under the present style or firm of G. and J. Lines...'
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