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Personal organisers
FateBought by Filofax, used as a brand for several years, then phased out.
FounderJ. C. Parker
ProductsPersonal Organizers

Lefax was a company founded in 1910 by J. C. Parker in Philadelphia that produced a range of personal organisers.[1][2] In its early days, the biggest customers were power plant engineers whose technical handbooks had grown too big to carry.[3]

In 1921, a London printer and stationery marketer, Norman & Hill Ltd., began importing the organizers, called Lefaxes. Several years later, they began to make the personal files under their Filofax brand.[3]

The Lefax trademark was registered 5 October 1926.[1] Its use in the engineering industries was so pervasive that some journals were published in Lefax format.[4]

In the 1980s Lefax was bought out by London Wood Partners, a British firm,[3] and in 1992 the company was acquired by its rival, Filofax. The original intention was that Lefax would be Filofax's top of the line range[5] but the Lefax brand was eventually phased out.


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  2. ^ "A Brief History". About Filofax. Filofax. Archived from the original on 1 August 2017. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Lohr, Steve (1987-04-08). "Organizing Pays Off At Filofax". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-05-26.
  4. ^ "Meet Your Past President... J. J. VOLLERTSEN, 1925". Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society. Berlin / Heidelberg: Springer. 24 (3): A18. March 1947. doi:10.1007/BF02632363. ISSN 0003-021X.
  5. ^ Greenberg, Cara (1993-01-03). "FORAGING; The High Art of Organizing Your Life". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-05-26.