Moore’s Modern Methods

I bought this in a charity shop about four years ago. I was going to use it as an address book, but it’s still empty. The paper is thin and fragile, and the clever metal mechanism is a bit rusty.

Made by Moore’s Modern Methods, 19-21 Farringdon Street, London EC4.

The company was established in 1909 and is still trading, as Moores Of London, except it isn’t in London anymore. That’s all I could find out online. I’ve emailed and tweeted them to see what they know about the early days. More to follow, hopefully.

13 thoughts on “Moore’s Modern Methods

    • I know. You think they would give more information about their history on the website. Missing a trick. Going to go and see what the building is now when I’m next up that way.

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  3. Hello, I am a bookbinder in Germany, Weimar in Thuringia (but I received my training in the College of Printing, when it was in Back Hill, Clerkenwell, near Farringdon Street). It seems, they issued “perpetual loose-leaf encyclopaedias” in the States in the 20s, similar to record books, like yours.
    I am quite interested in “mechanical books”, so if you ever want to sell this account book, please let me know. The german “Kontobücher” looked different.
    Kind regards, Frank

    • Hello Frank, I am sorry it has taken me so long to reply. I don’t really use my blog anymore. I intended to get back into it this year, but my day job and motherhood keeps getting on the way. I saw that there was a comment on my phone, but I couldn’t seem to take action from there. I was always waiting to get home to the laptop, but then so many other things took up my mind and I kept forgetting. I am currently not wanting to sell this, but if ever I decide I don’t want it any more, I will be sure to let you know first. Thank you for taking the time to comment, much appreciated, Alison.

    • Hello Frank,
      Sorry it has taken me so long to reply, I don’t really use WordPress much these days.
      I only have this one Moore’s item I’m afraid, and I would like to keep it.
      I will let you know if I find any more.

  4. I was a sales representative for MMM for 15 years before leaving in 1976 to start a new life in Spain. I was sad to se the end of MMM but with the onslaught of computers and ‘in house’ printing, it was inevitable. However, their four post loose leaf binders were far superior to the standard ring binder. I would love to hear from any ex employees, or any current users of their binders. If anyone knows the date they finally stopped trading please let me know.

    • Sorry for the delay in response, I haven’t been on WordPress for a very long time.
      I hope you hear from some colleagues.
      Certainly the ledger I have is wonderful, but I am far from an expert.
      Thank you for taking the time to comment.

  5. Hello all
    I have found some completed binders in a lock up we are clearing out, there are quite a few
    I really do not want to throw these out as some dates are 1930.
    Any advice on where i could send these for some one to keep, a museum maybe

    • Hello Rae, sorry for the delay in response, I hardly ever come on WordPress these days. I’m afraid I am far from an expert on these issues, and don’t really know what to suggest. Hope you find somewhere good for them. Good luck.

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