1 The Robert Sinclair Tobacco Company. Formed in Newcastle in 1856
2 The premises at 9, Blenheim Street in the early 1900's
3 The new factory / warehouse built in 1913 on the same site as previous photo.
The building closed in 1988 and has since been converted into apartments.
4 In 1919 Blenheim House was built on Westgate Road around the corner from Blenheim Street.
5 In it's early days, Blenheim House was used as offices and for the manufacture of tobacco products. This photo shows the top floor.
6 This is the first floor. The windows overlook Westgate Road.
7 Not certain but I think that this is the second floor.
Blenheim House also closed in 1988 and was subsequently converted into apartments.
8 St. Thomas' Crescent and the Sinclair fleet of Bedford vans. The registration numbers of the vehicles indicates that the photo was taken in the late 1930's
9 Harrogate. Again late 1930's. Sinclairs eventually had branches throughout the North of England and Scotland.
10 Extract from:
"First Aerial Parcels Post
AN interesting discovery in connection with the history of the air post in Great Britain is a vignette issued as far back as 1913 by the firm of Robt. Sinclair, Ltd., of Newcastle-on-Tyne, for a series of parcel flights from Gosforth Park to Seaham Harbour and Blyth.
11 These flights were operated by Mr. B. C. Hucks between February 11 and 18, 1913, by means of a 80 h.p. Bleriot monoplane, which is depicted on the stamp in flight over the city. The stamp is printed in deep green with the words " First Aerial Delivery " above the picture, and " By The Robert Sinclair Tobacco Co., Ltd., Newcastle-on-Tyne, Feb., 1913." beneath.
12 Although much publicity was given to the affair at the time, very few of these vignettes appear to have been preserved."
13 The 70th anniversary of the flight was celebrated at the '7th Philatelic Weekend in the North East' June 1983
14 Some of the products manufactured by Robert Sinclair.