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A. Franks Ltd, Manchester

A Franks Ltd, Manchester, Optician and Instrument Maker

A. Franks Ltd was an Optician and Instrument Maker
(1879 - 1950)

Founded in the latter part of the 19th century by Louis Aubrey Franks (b.1854), they traded originally as 'L.A.Franks' from 95 Deansgate and later 2-4 King Street, Manchester. Listed as a manufacturer of photographic apparatus, optician and scientific instrument maker.

Following a bankruptcy in 1879, a new firm was formed soon after, an optician trading as A. Franks. Another partnership between Aubrey and Benjamin Franks was also dissolved in 1897.

A Franks would continue to trade until 1950 from various addresses including 2 King Street, 44 Market Street and branches in the 1920s at 73 Oxford Street, 44 Market Street, 12 Victoria Street, 3 South King Street and 20 Bradshaw Gate.

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