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Wednesday 26 June 2019

Mystery photo of tobacco company

Laurence Roe uncovered this photo of employees and directors of a company called W&M Taylor, which was a Dublin company that manufactured pipe tobacco.
Laurence Roe uncovered this photo of employees and directors of a company called W&M Taylor, which was a Dublin company that manufactured pipe tobacco.

Anne Campbell

THE MYSTERY of an old photograph that was hidden behind a picture of Cardinal Conway took a step closer to being solved after a reader contacted The Argus with some interesting information.

Laurence Roe's story of finding the mysterious photo – which depicts employees and directors of a firm called W&M Taylor Ltd was featured in The Argus last week and led to a call that may shed some more light on the firm.

The man who contacted the paper, who didn't want to be named, said he believed he had a tobacco tin from the company in his possession. He said W&M Taylor was located in Dublin and manufactured pipe tobacco.

In addition, the man is a former employee of Backhouse and Co. in Dundalk and said there may be a Dundalk connection to the mystery firm.

'Backhouse was a bonded warehouse, grocery and mineral water supplier. We supplied a special kind of high strength rum to PJ Carrolls which we shipped over from Liverpool. PJs used it as a flavouring for the tobacco,' he explained.

'W&M Taylor contacted us about the rum and my uncle and I drove to Dublin with a sample. It was probably in the early 1960s. We left the sample with them but didn't hear any more back'.

It was a few years after this that Taylors was taken over by tobacco giants Gallaghers and then they were taken over by the Japan Tobacco Company.

Anyone with any more information about the company can contact 042 9389709.

The Argus

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