Geoffrey Bowman Jenkins was responsible for making an ever changing range of products from 1917 until his death in 1959. His toys included stationary steam engines, boats, locomotives and ‘Pyruma Cement’ animals. In 1931 he marketed the "Domex" safety razor strop and in 1932 his famous "Kavor" water motor driven toothbrush. Diversifying into furniture production in the 1930’s, he with wife Edith, invented the famous ‘Jentique’ name and in the 1950’s with son Max, manufactured the sought after range of Bowman Racing Yachts. Max continued to run the business from 1959 until his retirement in 1982. Tom
Colin Wilson and John Jones were the co-founders of the Bowman Circle with the first newsletter being produced in April 1995. The aims of the Circle were to:
Exchange information on Bowman products, Bowman history, Bowman renovation and Bowman operation.
Exchange information on modifications or "improvements".
Obtain spares or identify sources.
Provide a "helpline".
Since the summer of 2004, Colin Laker was the editor of the Circle's magazine - 'Bowman News' and also editor of the S.T.E.A.M. magazine. From June 2008, the two groups merged and Colin edited a new magazine called 'Toy Steam News' for the combined membership. 'Toy Steam News' itself ceased in the Summer of 2016 after a run of 29 Issues. Both the Bowman Circle and S.T.E.A.M. websites will be maintained for the foreseeable future. Links to both sites are; www.steam-toys-engines-and-models.co.uk and www.toysteam.co.uk