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reallyyouthful

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Does anyone have any memories of Kalamazoo? They made office equipment, and were based just outside Northfield. Also Druetts Film distributors.
 

jennyann

Gone but not forgotten. R.I.P.
Staff member
I remember Kalamazoo Office supplies especially the sheets for the Banda machines back in the late l950 s. Their products were very well presented with good quality cardboard boxes, well designed copy and special tissue paper linings inside. Good memories of their products.
 
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reallyyouthful

Guest
Thanks Jennyann. I worked there for a short time. there were some lovely people working there and I think of them after at least fifty years.
 

BrummieJayne

master brummie
Hi,
My Grandfather worked at Kalamazoo in about 1930, he was a lithoartist.
Would you have any idea what this entailed and where the factory was?
Cant find any info of the place for around this time.
thank you!
 
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Forward

Guest
tali,

I worked in PC repair, printer engineer/team leader in the 90's. Manager was Gurdev (spelt?). If your sister was Zab(?) worked on PC's) say hello from me.

Ray
 

suemalings

master brummie
Wasn't there a Kalamazoo in Ward End somewhere? May have been around the Fox and Goose area, can't remember exactly where.
 

Bernard67Arnold

master brummie
The name certainly brings back memories, when I started at Royal Mail in
1953 most of the duties wwere morning deliverys, and if you wanted any over
time, you used come back after lunch.One the best overtime jobs was
going round with the collection drivers in the afternoon, one run only had
three calls, Cadburys, Kalamazoo, and Austin Motors Longbridge,
Oh happy days, all for £6 a week. Bernard:cool:
 

Cliff Southam

New Member
My late mother worked in the wages office for 15+ years, I worked there one summer holiday @ 1970 on work experience in the time & motion office, offices are still based just off Bristol Road South, Northfield.
 

BrummieJayne

master brummie
So, Kalamazoo in Northfield is still there! My Grandad Leonard Wicks used to live in St. Pauls rd, and before he married my Gran, she lived in Bristol Rd.

It would be nice if someone remembered the families living there......
Phoebe and Richard Peat, Phyllis, Irene, Edith,,,,,, Leonard... 1930's to 50's.
 

allermoor

New Member
I worked at Kalamazoo 1965-66 Wilf Kauffman was the forman in my department, i worked on riviting machine and hand press.I remember a new coffee bar
opening there and we would go to eat lunch and dance to the jukebox. I can remember the works mag coming out at the time and my workmate and myself
were pictured on the front of it dancing. My uncle Joe Wheeler was groundsman there for many years.
 

allermoor

New Member
sounds a great time...... do you remember anyone called Leonard Wicks working there?[/QUOTE

Hi Brummie Jayne.

Please excuse me i am new to this. I dont remember the name Leonard wicks i am always better with faces , there were so many
really nice people there. I have recently got to know two sisters at my art class who worked in the packing called Betty and
Millie, they worked there a lot longer than me.
My mate Mary Butler also worked there in the offices, and i can remember the blind man with his guide dog who i think worked on the switchboard.
I originally worked at Longbridge Laundry just over the bridge. they called a meeting to tell us that coming up to the christmas rush we all had
to work overtime till 8pm at night right up to christmas. Jobs were so easy to get then (early 1960's) so four of us went across to the Kalamazoo
in our dinner hour on the Friday,asked for a job and got one just like that. we went back to the laundry after dinner and gave our notice in and
started at the Kalamazoo the following monday. Eighteen months later i went to work for the GPO and worked on Birmingham telegrams where
i stayed, married a telegraph delivery lad and worked there until i had my first son.
 

BrummieJayne

master brummie
what a lovely story and lovely memories! I will show my mom this to read, she will love it..... When you next go to your art class, please do ask if they can remember a chap called Leonard wicks, he was a lithograph artist for Kalamazoo.
Im an artist myself i think my grandad must have passed that down to me!
Thank you so much for your message, it was lovely to read,

take care x
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
I worked in various offices which used Kalamazoo systems. The ones I remember were the lever arch type systems in the 1970s. But I think Kalamazoo were experts in producing all sorts of office systems. The system I remember was one we used at Britannic Assurance which could house all the larger size policy documents. I always thought what a great name for a company. I remember a label (about 4" x 5") inside the files which said they were based in Northfield. Is that right? Viv.


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mikejee

Super Moderator
Staff member
I think it was an American company, but the British Branch was in Bristol road south, next Longbridge police station. I remember they had this big new state of the art building built around 1970. It was very energy efficient and, as I remember it (it was over 50 years ago), the heat produced by lighting , machines and body heat meant it it did not require any additional heating. However they did have a problem with the miners strike, when they had to shut down everything, in getting things back in sync .
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Thanks Mike. I have a very vague feeling that it was a long, two storey building, with lots of windows and painted a blue-grey colour. Should have realised it might have had American connections from the name! Going to have a look on Streetview to see if the building's still there. Viv.


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