Crane History - Coles 100 Yeras
In 1979 Coles decided to celebrate the centenary of the firm by making a book about its own history. This was basically publicity material which would be given to customers buying cranes.
Now some twenty five years on this book is somewhat of a rare item. It is however quite a good book and is a fairly definitive history of the firm up to this date.
The book is full of pictures and asides about Coles related things.
Many thanks to Tony Moon for the information on this page.
Click on the links below to read the Coles story or the image of the book to view a full pdf version
Chapter 1 - The Founder
Chapter 2 - Common Threads
Chapter 3 - The Early Years
Chapter 4 - The Derby Years 1898 - 1948
Chapter 5 - Crane Makers To The World 1939 - 1959
Chapter 6 - The Telescopics Arrive 1959 - 1972
Chapter 7 - The Decline & Fall Of Coles 1971 - 1984