Taylor and Hobson Limited Taylor 1886

Leicester, England, United Kingdom

Founded in 1886 by brothers William and Thomas Smithies Taylor and W S H Hobson to manufacture lenses, most famously the Cooke camera lens; Bell & Howell took control of the company in 1930; sold to Rank in 1946; Cooke Optics Limited formed as a successor company in 1998 after a buy-out of the optical division of Taylor-Hobson

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