Saturday, April 22, 2017

When Industrial Espionage Spies were a Dime a Dozen

Industrial espionage - that staple of modern thrillers, new product development and getting a jump on the competition - is nothing new. 

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In the 18th century, so many new developments in industry and the arts happened at such a rapid pace, and trendsetting luxury goods were in such high demand that industrial spies were almost a dime a dozen.

So, it was in April 1754 that a Swedish industrial spy, Reinhold Angerstein, found himself in the English town of Bilston... more