The advert on the left is from the
catalogue of the British Industries Fair of 1950, held in Birmingham.
That on the right is from 1953. MMS obviously felt a need to use
colour to brighten up the dull looking pots and pans.
||This advert comes from 1952.
The company seems to have felt that the idea of using a
pressure cooker still needed to be got across. They point
out that "cooking time ...is cut by three-quarters, which
means cheaper fuel bills"; and that "the natural goodness of
the meat and richness of the vegetables are deliciously
There are three
models: the popular, at 77s. 6d.; and the large at 105s.
|The front cover of a recipe
book, probably from the late 1950s. The models then
offered were in four sizes, all in aluminium.
The recipe book contains detailed instructions on use
and care as well as recipes - which include one for
"Steamed Canary Pudding" - but this seems to be a sponge
dessert rather than a meat dish.
A later pressure cooker and its recipe
booklet. The cooker itself has not changed that much but the style
has. Thanks to the Angeline Johnson collection for the loan of two
In their entry in the 1953 Official Handbook, the company
says that "Concurrently with the search for new materials and machinery,
improved methods and better factory layout, has gone the welfare and
contentment of employees. The factories are provided with pleasant
canteens where food is served under ideal conditions, and surgeries
under the control of fully-trained nurses guard the health of workers
and give prompt and skilled attention in the event of accidents -
happily reduced to a minimum by the adoption of every possible safety
The items above, all marked "Tower" on
the base, suggest that at some point the company decided there was a market
for cheap chrome wares, including a set (bottom right) with a kind of golden
finish. The designs are quite good but the chrome is garish. There was
an enormous range of these wares.
At some point the company became associated with Russsell
Hobbs. And they left Wolverhampton and went to Wombourne.
But all other details of their history seem to be lost.
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