The Hidersine History
Until recently, the earliest history of The Hidersine Company was based upon anecdotal evidence handed down from various sources, the evidence for which was assumed to have been lost during World War II.
The accepted usage of 1876 as the founding date for The Hidersine Company can be dated back to the 1940s, when under the ownership of the Hirt family, this date was added to letterheads and other stationery. This founding date was therefore assumed to be correct and has subsequently been used for many decades in various locations, with various products in the current Hidersine catalogue still displaying that date. However, as you will see from the information below, it seems more likely that the first Hidersine product was actually manufactured in1890.
During 2013 we were delighted to make contact with one of Francis Hider's sons who was able to provide us with a copy of a biography of The Hidersine Company’s founder, Mr Francis Hider (M.P.S), 1863 – 1943. The biography was recollected and written by Francis' wife, Winifred Hider (Bard) in 1969.
What follows is an abridged version of Mr Francis Hider’s biography including only information relevant to the Hidersine Company’s founding.
Abridged by Alex Mew 2014. (Barnes & Mullins Ltd)