To CHARLES H. PROCTOR, Plating-Chemical Editor, THE METAL INDUSTRY:
In THE METAL INDUSTRY of May, 1922, in the article “Re Newark Platers," I notice the statement that you are the founder of The American Electro-Platers’ Society and chemical-editor of THE METAL INDUSTRY. Such being the case, I have taken the liberty of writing to you.
I am endeavoring to place my business in this country on the most modern footing.
In July, 1920, I visited the U. S. A., and called at THE METAL INDUSTRY ofiice, and entered a subscription thereto, which I have renewed by mail preceding this letter.
As I had arranged to stay only a very limited time in the States (thereby committing a great error of judgment), with a view to spending a longer period in England, I was unable to do very much other than inquire into modern methods.
I am at present considering making another trip to your country, and should such eventuate would spend a few months there.
Could you, through your society, arrange for me to get experience in several of the large electro-plating works using mechanical methods of plating, so that if I were to purchase a complete mechanical plating outfit, as advertised by your platers' suppliers, I would have the knowledge of the correct methods of using the same, and would be thus able to instruct members of my staff in the use thereof?
The plating industry is in a rather primitive stage in this country, but the possibility of further manufacture and therefore a greater business is here.
I would be pleased to hear from you as soon as possible if the arrangements suggested can be carried out.
Should your time be limited, you may be able to put me in touch with some other official of your society who could arrange what I desire.
Feeling sure from the courtesies shown me on my previous trip by the Americans with Whom I came in contact that you will do Your best for me.
M. W. ASHER. Sydney, N. S. W., Australia, June 21, 1922.
M. W. ASHER, Sydney, N. S. W., Australia:
Your very interesting letter of June 21 reached my hands several days ago on my return from a Middle West trip.
Your letter is of particular interest to me because I appreciate the fact that you turn to America to obtain the information that will enable you to practice the precepts laid down here for the advancement in the electro-plating industry.
It will be my pleasure to request the publication of your letter in The American Electro-Platers’ Society “Bulletin” and THE METAL INDUSTRY, requesting all members of the society who can possibly arrange visits to their respective plants for you especially in plating plants where mechanical plating is the factor, and to advise me direct in writing.
If you will notify me some time in advance of your possible arrival in America, the responses from the members of The American Electro-Platers' Society will be tabulated so that plants that in my estimation will prove of the most interest to you can be visited during your sojourn here.
C. H. PROCTOR. New York, N. Y.
September 1, 1922.
Source: The Metal Industry - October 1922
This is likely to be Maurice William Asher who was noted as being in business as an electroplater in Sydney in the 1930's, in partnership with Leslie Saul Asher.