Company Histories

Deborah researches and writes company histories for specific clients. She uses her specific knowledge of how design and innovative technology can become crucial to successful product development.

The histories include those of Kesslers International Ltd. and Cannon Avent. These can be presented as printed books and leaflets as well as fixed exhibition type displays.

Kesslers Leaflet Jan2010_2

Cannon Avent








The impact of new materials and technologies on the design and manufacture of toys and play equipment and the subsequent influence on childhood is a particular interest.

Microsoft Word - Document8She combines this  with her knowledge of technology and manufacturing to lecture on the entrepreneurial Frank Hornby, inventor of Mecccano, the Hornby Train Set and Dinky cars, placing him within the cultural and political contexts of the first part of the 20th century.

Deborah Jaffé is an author; cultural and design historian; ceramicist and painter with special interests in the history of souvenirs and memory studies; women and innovation; childhood, play and toys.