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Douglas Collins

(1912-1972), Seedsman and farmer; perfumer; Founder and Chairman of Goya Ltd, cosmetics company

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Douglas Collins, by Howard Coster - NPG x1795

Douglas Collins

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1953
NPG x1795

Douglas Collins, by Francis Goodman - NPG x195630

Douglas Collins

by Francis Goodman
bromide print, early 1970s
NPG x195630

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Agnes

19 June 2017, 09:06

I worked in Goya's at the Raans Road factory in 1953. My friend Joan Levy and I manned the filler and sealer on the powder belt and we were quick. So much so we had to stop and help the packers, much to please the teams. She would rub her hands when we were on bonus on a Thursday morning. We also filled the Fields Lavender and stamped the lids on. Later when the German bath blossom machine arrived we had a late shift 2pm 10pm it was a clever machine but often gave twisted silver wraps and crooked labels. I worked at Goya for fourteen months. I remember it as a happy time much laughter and plenty of jokes. The canteen was good and we also had a visit from Workers Playtime produced by the BBC. It was broadcasted live. There were some lovely people who I remember fondly. Happy memories too many to mention

Brian Foster

01 November 2016, 17:10

J C & J Field was a London based soap manufacturer. Bombed during the Second World War they received a large sum in War Damage Compensation but at the time could do nothing with it. Douglas Collins, a small soap and perfume company at Amersham, trading as Goya, heard about this and in a masterly reverse take-over he arranged for his company to be taken over by Fields on condition that he became Managing Director. The cash helped him to expand.

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