I have been asking around, to find the answer to the original question of first RE import to USA. The REOC is not in possession of all the records prior to the late 1920's. From memory, the earliest records are in the possession of another club (VMCC?) and rest in a museum. You could hunt down the answer - I am interested, but simply do not have time. The date of "first export/import in the REOC's records" was not offered, perhaps for the same reason as mine. You could join the REOC for cheap, and ask yourself. First export/import to USA could well be prior to 1914.


The written material I have seen is nearly all written in England. An interesting viewpoint, developing the import markets - Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Africa: and South America, Oz and NZ to balance seasonal use in the northern hemisphere to constant production in England. A wide open topic for anyone inclined to research and write....