·Vintage photos and adverts from the wonderful world of department stores. To find out more, see my book, 'Department Stores, published by Shire and available…
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Underground art scene: Exhibition to celebrate 150 years of the Tube will feature incredible posters from each decade since 1908
Winter sales, by Edward McKnight Kauffer, 1921 - Poster Art 150: London Underground's Greatest Designs. A major exhibition at London Transport Museum opening on 15 February 2013 in celebration of 150th anniversary of the Underground.
Visible in stone: women's history through the buildings they lived and worked in
The history of the department store is strangely intertwined with women's path to emancipation. Women's eagerness to shop, one of few public activities considered suitable for females, propelled the department stores to success, and gave women new freedom from the house.This is the luxurious shoe department at Harrods in 1919.
The man who knew what women wanted
Harry Gordon Selfridge........Unique: With his waxed moustache and fastidious dress sense Harry Selfridge was the epitome of tradition. He was a very loving husband who adored his wife, but he had cheated on her with a succession of stars, including the dancers Isadora Duncan and Anna Pavlova. He enjoyed fabulous wealth but when he died he was virtually destitute. He was even mistaken for a tramp as he stood on Oxford Street looking at the vast Shop Selfridges that had once belonged to him....