lost and found

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Category: Shop front

General Store Window

I bought this photograph from an antiques centre in Whitchurch, Shropshire. It measures 5 x 3.5 ” and is printed on Kodak paper but doesn’t have any information on the reverse relating to the subjects. As you can see the shadows in the image are very dark (I try not to adjust the images I find too much). I did try to read the sign above the door by changing the contrast in Photoshop but could only read the second of two words which was ‘Right’. The photograph itself contains a lot of information, the prices are before decimalisation (1971), the sign written window tells you that they have bananas (which can also be seen in the doorway), pineapple, a range of potatoes, grapes, eggs, oranges, fish and lettuce.

Colley’s Music Stores

Colley's Store

This small photograph (2.25 x 3.25″) was found at an antiques fair. It looks as though many of the people shown in the photograph were employed on the buses. I’m not sure where Colley’s Music Store was/is, perhaps you know?

Thank you to Katherine Griffiths who found Colley’s Music Store in an old newspaper. Following Katherine’s lead I found an advert in the British newspaper archives, the store was having a closing down sale shown in the Daily Mail on April 10th 1933. The address of the store was also shown 59 Anlaby Road, Hull. 

Christmas past

Xmas 1907

Postcard found in a small book shop in Lyme Regis during the summer, I have been waiting to post it ever since. The image provides most of the information including an advert for a famous chocolate maker still manufacturing today. The message on the reverse from 110 years ago reads…’Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a bright and prosperous New Year from all at Newchurch Xmas 1907′.  Newchurch, Lancashire.

H. J Burgess & Sons Fishmonger & Poulterer

Bought from an antiques fair  (I can’t remember which one!) the photograph measures just shy of 6 x 8″.

The only information on the reverse is the date – Sept 1906.

I like the lady standing inside the shop who hasn’t been asked to pose outside with the men but has still managed to sneak into the photograph.

I was unable to find any record of H.J. Burgess & Sons on the internet so if anyone knows more please let me know.

p.s. can you see the dog?