Lost: a small part of coop history

An email arrives today from Richard Bickle of the Society for Co-operative Studies who has noticed that Watford Printers Ltd has gone into voluntary liquidation, having amalgamated with another local printing firm. As Richard points out, Watford Printers is – was – probably the last of the traditional productive cooperative societies (‘co-partnerships’). It was registered as a cooperative society in November 1921.

Watford Printers had a rather fine logo, although it seems long ago to have stopped identifying very much with the wider cooperative movement. Still, it’s always a pity to see a small part of coop history disappear.