Monthly Archives: February 2016

Charles Morrison’s Diary, 1 to 14 March 1863

Sunday 1st March In the morning Mr Graham preached from Luke 14th chap 17th verse Come for all things are now ready The feast the invitation and the blessings partaken of. In the afternoon Mr McRae Ness from Galatians 2nd … Continue reading

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The Legacy of Freeman, Hardy & Willis

Introduction Boot and shoe dealers were amongst the first chains of shops to emerge in the mid-to-late 19th century. Many sprang up when footwear manufacturers decided to eliminate the middleman and sell their products direct to customers through their own … Continue reading

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Lipton’s: ‘A Beautiful Study in White’

Introduction A self-made man, Sir Thomas J. Lipton (1848-1931) opened his first provision shop in Stobcross Street, Glasgow, in 1871. His shops multiplied, their openings trumpeted with stunts and fanfares, and Lipton quickly made his fortune. But it was his decision to … Continue reading

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Charles Morrison’s Diary, 16 to 28 February 1863

Monday 16th February I had a letter from John today. He tells me that Sandy Rose and Mary Sutherland were married on Friday the 30th Jany. I sent a valentine to Maggie. I wrote James Matheson today. Alex Gerrie away … Continue reading

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The Legacy of David Greig

Introduction Conditions were ripe for the success of multiple (chain) retailing in the late 19th century, including provision dealers and grocers such as Home & Colonial Stores, Maypole Dairies, Lipton’s, Sainsbury’s and David Greig. From a base established in Brixton, … Continue reading

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Charles Morrison’s Diary, 9 to 15 February 1863

Monday 9th February Received a large quantity of meal from Dalkeith tonight. I saw Miss Miller and – – – I went home with – – – and received her likeness. Tuesday 10th February Business pretty good. There was a … Continue reading

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Main Street and High Street in Tinted Postcards of the 1930s and 40s

In the 1940s, the American variety retailers F. W. Woolworth & Co and S.S. Kresge stocked ‘linen’ postcards of their downtown stores. Most of these cards were ordered by individual store managers from the sales agents of the Curt Teich … Continue reading

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