This turned up with a batch of brochures – seemed a pity not to preserve it. Can’t help feeling it should have a black line round it …
This information pack contains a lot of Halcrow information sheets with technical data of equipment and aircraft, along with brief details of past clients and surveys completed. It was provided by Ken Fostekew, and dates from about 1989.
This brochure from 1969 – another from Derek Minter’s files – is a magnetic map of Church Stretton in Shropshire. It says it is a test area, so presumably the survey and the brochure were done to provide marketing material for the Geophysics Department.
The first two brochures are from Derek Minter’s files. The Fairey Surveys brochure must be dated between 1977 and 1980, with Lawrence Scott as Managing Director after W. P. Smith moved to the Ordnance Survey. The Clyde brochure has a date of March 1980, after the takeover of Fairey Surveys by Clyde.
The next brochure is a Profile of Fairey Surveys Limited, dated 1979. It is a substantial document, with details of all the services offered by FSL, and sample map sheets. This comes from Lawrence Scott’s files. It’s a big document, so it may take a few minutes to open – view with Adobe Reader if you are given the option.
The following brochures are also from Lawrence Scott’s files, and mostly come from the late 70s, before the Clyde takeover, though the Humber Bridge surveying brochure is dated 1973.
The Air Surveyor was a quarterly magazine with articles written by staff from all departments and locations from 1957 to 1960, and distributed internally. Lots of in jokes and clever line drawings – even a crossword.
News Bulletin No 1 – 31st Mar 1957 The title wasn’t fixed, and there was a competition for the name of the new bulletin – prize 200 cigarettes! None of the suggestions for a title was felt to be entirely suitable (Fairey Tales from Fairchild Aerial Surveys, Fairey Stories from Gillian Waring, F.A.S. Mosaic from Fred Crooks …) so the Managing Director selected the title of “The Air Surveyor”. The 200 cigarettes were given to Gillian Waring and Fred Crooks, to be shared equally.
Air Surveyor – Spring 1960 No number on this edition – was this the last? Let us know if you have any others.
A four page reprint from the February 1947 edition of the magazine Air Transport, at the time of a World Air Survey Conference.
Brochure describing the uses and benefits of the 3D models produced by Fairey Surveys.
Fairey News was the newsletter of the Fairey Group, and had items from all the subsidiary companies. Fairey Review was an earlier incarnation of the same thing, but much bigger and glossier. We have only one copy of Fairey News, from 1972, and two copies of the Fairey Review, courtesy of Lawrence Scott, from December 1960 and June 1964.
The content covers the very varied and specialised work done by the Fairey Group: beer kegs from Fairey Stainless, power boats from Fairey Marine, air and ground survey work by Fairey Air Surveys for the Maidenhead bypass (first bit of the M4?), nuclear, military and radio telescope work from Fairey Engineering, and much more.
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This is a wonderful marketing brochure in English and Spanish about the preparation and compilation of aerial survey maps, from Tony Furneaux’s files. It describes the uses and benefits of aerial photography, with some wonderful photographs, including one mosaic of the Rejang River delta in Sarawak, Indonesia. It has no date, but has the company names of both Air Survey Co Ltd and Aerographic Surveys Ltd, subsidiaries of The Fairey Aviation Company Ltd.
These were the glossy newsletters sent out to customers, potential customers and survey organisations. Lawrence Scott has contributed a full set of the Fairey Surveys newsletters from January 1969 to January 1980, and two of the Clyde Newsletters which followed on from the Faireys newsletters – and carried on the same numbering.
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