Department Stores

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 from Amazon.
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Harry Gordon Selfridge, Sr. - Harry Gordon Selfridge's claim to fame was his department store chain "Selfridges".  He is also responsible for coining the phrase "The customer is always right."

- Harry Gordon Selfridge's claim to fame was his department store chain "Selfridges". He is also responsible for coining the phrase "The customer is always right." He made millions and died penniless.

Glass Half Plate  Image of a woman modelling a hat for the retailer Marshall & Snelgrove. Published in Illustrated Sporting & Dramatic News.    Maker:  Bassano Studio  Production Date:  1933-11-04

Glass Half Plate Image of a woman modelling a hat for the retailer Marshall & Snelgrove. Published in Illustrated Sporting & Dramatic News. Photograph by Bassano Studio, London, Nov

1908: Arding & Hobbs, near Clapham Junction, London. It was at one point the largest department store south of the Thames. Nowadaus it's a branch of Debenhams.

In Pictures: London's Lost Department Stores - Arding & Hobbs, near Clapham Junction, as seen in It was at one point the largest department store south of the Thames. It is now a branch of Debenhams.

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…

With his waxed moustache and fastidious dress sense, Harry Gordon Selfridge was the epitome of tradition

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.

Visible in stone: women's history through the buildings they lived and worked in

1919 - London, England: Baroque luxury with Second Empire features in Harrods' shoe department was echoed throughout the fashion departments.

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.

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 London Underground's Greatest Designs. A major exhibition at London Transport Museum opening on 15 February 2013 in celebration of anniversary of the Underground.

A model wearing a woollen suit with an astrakhan collar and a veiled hat steps off the escalator at Harrods, July 1954. #vintage #fashion #1950s #suits #hats

A model wearing a woollen suit with an astrakhan collar and a veiled hat steps off the escalator at Harrods, July

Barbara Hulanicki in the Roof garden at the Biba department store on Kensington High Street

Barbara Hulanicki

Barbara Hulanicki by the flamingo pond on the roof top terrace garden of the Big BIBA store

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