retailer: Dixons Photographic Ltd, London, United Kingdom

founded in 1937 by Charles Kalms





Company founded in 1937 by Charles Kalms as a photographic studio. The business flourished during the Second World War, as there was much demand for photographic services and family portraits. In the 1950s, Stanley Kalms, Charles's son, started regular trips to the Far East. He forged vital links with Japanese manufacturers who supplied Dixons directly with products often made to the company's own specification and sold under the brand name of Prinz. In 1967, Dixons diversified into developing and printing by taking control of an 85,000 sq ft colour processing laboratory in Stevenage, the most up-to-date in Europe at the time.