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The Story of Dunn’s the Hatter

Introduction Dunn & Co. was the most recognisable chain of men’s hatters throughout the first three-quarters of the 20th century. By the late 1920s it was also a men’s outfitters. A failure to keep up with changing fashions – which … Continue reading

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The Story of “Easiephit”

“Easiephit” shoe shops closed decades ago, but traces of the house style can still be spotted. The inverted commas were an integral part of the name displayed on shops between the wars. The “Easiephit” brand of footwear was manufactured and … Continue reading

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A Spotter’s Guide to Traditional Chemists’ Shops

The Mortar and Pestle The mortar and pestle has been used by apothecaries, chemists and druggists for centuries to grind medicinal powders. It remains one of the chemist’s favourite symbols, depicted on shop signs to proclaim the nature of the … Continue reading

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Charles Morrison’s Diary, September 1864

Thursday 1st I was pretty busy today. It was very stormy. Friday 2nd Very little doing. Saturday 3rd I was for a good while with Christina in Mr Russell’s. Mr & Mrs Russell being away at Callenish. Sunday 4th In … Continue reading

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Charles Morrison’s Diary, 15 to 31 August 1864

Monday 15th August I had breakfast with Mr McMorland. Sir James & Lady Matheson away. Not much doing. I went home with Christina. Tuesday 16th August I called on Mrs Nicolson to see if she would let part of her house and … Continue reading

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A Spotter’s Guide to the High Street: Jewellers’ Clocks & Time Balls

Just as pawnbrokers signal their presence with three suspended balls, and barbers have their red and white striped poles, so jewellers, clockmakers and watchmakers have traditionally attracted attention with elaborate projecting clocks, turret clocks or time balls. Examples can be … Continue reading

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Charles Morrison’s Diary, 1 to 14 August 1864

Monday 1st August I wrote father that I expected to be married soon. I was a good while with Robt Gerrie and spoke to him about Christina & I. At night I was up with Christina in the summer seat. … Continue reading

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