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Founded 1927 Growth 1930s World War II 1940s 1950s Age of TV 1960s Solid State Age 1970s Maturity 1980s Hibernation 1990s Reawakening 2000 - A New Millenium
1950's TV Set The 1950's saw the real beginning of the age of television in the United Kingdom, with a huge spike in demand for TV sets occuring in 1953 for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Helmore & Hunt were in the forefront of satisfying the demand, with not only the sale of early TV sets - but installations, spares, repairs and replacement tubes. 198 Newfoundland Road, Bristol, before H&H days
After much damage to Bristol's central area by bombs during the Bristol Blitz over the winter of 1940-41, by the early 50's, whole areas of what had been downtown Bristol were being cleared for complete redevelopment, including Milk Street - location of both Helmore & Hunt shops up until that time.
The company was on the move again - to 198 Newfoundland Road - a newspaper office that was being closed by the Bristol Times & Echo - maintaining yet another media link for Helmore & Hunt! We reproduce here a picture of the old newspaper office - many years before our own move there. (Click on the picture for a short history of The Bristol Times & Echo).
As the television business grew throughout the 1950's, Helmore & Hunt made a ready business - concentrating more and more on repairs and replacement parts, especially the ubiquitous "vacuum tube" or "valve" - for which they had gained a national reputation due to their vast stocks of - "Valves, Standard & Rare Types".