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Laying the foundations

The early Reeves family were not travellers but the Reeves foreign markets grew effortlessly through contacts with the military academies such as Woolwich and Addiscombe.  

Drawing instruments and colour boxes were needed by officers posted abroad on survey duties and a large number of paint boxes, rolls of paper and stationery products were shipped by Reeves to India as military stores.

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Old Wholesale Catalogue

Apart from exceptional purposes, such as keeping ‘General Bonaparte’ occupied as a prisoner on the Isle of St Helena, the great bulk of supplies were sent to India and a trade card of ‘Reeves & Woodyer’ announced that they were ‘Colourmakers to the Honourable East India Company’.

Interestingly, the Indians called Reeves the ‘Dog’ company as there were no greyhounds in India.

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