Two women with fireworks and a 'Guy', 26 October 1933.
© NMeM / Daily Herald Archive / Science & Society Picture Library
Factory workers and a life-size Guy Fawkes character at Brock's Fireworks Ltd, Cheam, Surrey, photographed by Cardew for the Daily Herald newspaper. The women display giant rockets and catherine wheels they have produced. The Guy is packed with fireworks. The workforce at CT Brocks were mostly women, employed seasonally. Those who worked with gunpowder wore black boilersuits, while packers wore white overalls. Founded in London in 1725, Brocks produced rockets, Roman candles and special set-piece fireworks for displays. They moved to Cheam in 1901, continuing manufacturing there until 1934. Once the largest fireworks factory in the world, Brocks' many small workshops and stores were dispersed acros the site to minimise the danger of accidental explosions.