Newman Brothers’ travelling salesmen were the foundation of the company, constantly securing new business and orders.
The travelling salesmen
The travelling salesmen were also known as commercial salesmen at Newman Brothers. They travelled around Britain and Ireland visiting their clients, as well as looking for new orders from prospective companies. They only ever sold to ‘the trade’, including both funeral directors and some coffin furniture manufacturers.
In the Newman Brothers’ collection, there are six different trade catalogues dating from the early years of the factory to the 1960s. These give us a good idea of what the company sold, although not everything in the catalogues was made at the factory.