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'File 29/28 British Industrial Fair' [‎3r] (5/512)

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The record is made up of 1 file (256 folios). It was created in 13 Sep 1934-24 Dec 1950. It was written in English, Arabic, French, Spanish and Portuguese. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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[ S. 10548 j
Passport Control Department,
Foreign Office,
Avgust 2, 1932.
British Industries Fair, 1933.
A British Industries Fair will be held m the 1 nited
Kingdom from 20th February, 1933. The issue ot
invitations to foreign buyers to attend the Ian is m the
hands of His Majesty’s Consular officers a bimd, and in
all cases where visas for the journey to the L nited
Kingdom are granted to foreigners who have received
invitations to the Fair, the visas may be given gratis.
They should be endorsed “ Valid for all journeys to the
United Kingdom within three months from date hereof.
British Industries Fair, 1933.”
2. This concession may be extended to include the
families of foreign buyers who possess separate passports
provided that it is applied only in the case of wives and
children under the age of sixteen years.
3. This circular relates only to the waiver of the visa
fee, and does not in any way affect the general 1 ’egulations
regarding visas. For instance, it will still be necessary
refer for decision any application which, under the
General Visa Kegulations, would require reference, e.g., in
the case of a citizen of the Union of Soviet Socialist
To His Majesty’s Consular and
Passport Control Officers
6476 7244—18

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This file contains correspondence, promotional material and other documents related to the British Industries Fair (BIF) in London and other similar events in London, including a mechanical handling conference (1948) and an engineering and marine exhibition (1949).

The file contains a number of invitations to attend the fair that were sent to prominent merchants in Bahrain by the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. in Bahrain as well as replies sent back by these merchants. Much of this correspondence is in Arabic (with English translations).

The file also contains promotional material related to the BIF and other events including the following:

  • a pamphlet written by Malcolm Logan entitled 'Story of the B.I.F.' The pamphlet is in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese (folios 142-149);
  • two posters for the Mechanical Handling Conference in London 1948, one in French (folio 151) and one in English (folio 152);
  • a pamphlet entitled 'Background to the B.I.F.' (folios 203-210).
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1 file (256 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the file.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the inside back cover with 256; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. An additional foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 4-117; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled (except for a few circled numbers which have been crossed out).

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English, Arabic, French, Spanish and Portuguese in Latin and Arabic script
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