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Department Collection

"Exploring the Rich History of Department Stores

Background imageDepartment Collection: Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason
The Fortnum and Mason lettering sign above the door of the famous store, selling luxury goods of all description, Piccadilly, London. Date: 1960s

Background imageDepartment Collection: Frederick Gorringes, London Department Store

Frederick Gorringes, London Department Store
The premises of Frederick Gorringes Ltd. - Buckingham Palace Road, London. A fine Department Store, opened in the early 1900s and closed sometime after 1960

Background imageDepartment Collection: Reading, Royal County of Berkshire - Tram on the Bath Road

Reading, Royal County of Berkshire - Tram on the Bath Road, advertising the Heelas Store on Broad Street (now John Lewis). Date: 1907

Background imageDepartment Collection: Hitchin, Herts 1940S

Hitchin, Herts 1940S
The corner of Bridge Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, where the speed limit for W.D. (War Department) vehicles is 15 m.p.h. The Half Moon pub, sells Noted Luton Ales, too

Background imageDepartment Collection: Bullocks Wilshire, Los Angeles, CA

Bullocks Wilshire, Los Angeles, CA
Vintage linen postcard showing a night view of Bullocks Art Deco style department store on Wilshire in Los Angeles

Background imageDepartment Collection: Derry and Toms Poster

Derry and Toms Poster
Poster for Derry & Toms department store, Kensington High Street, London

Background imageDepartment Collection: Bourne & Hollingsworth, Oxford Street, London

Bourne & Hollingsworth, Oxford Street, London
Bourne & Hollingsworth department store, Oxford Street, London. Date: circa 1920

Background imageDepartment Collection: Fortnum & Masons Christmas Box for soldiers, WW1

Fortnum & Masons Christmas Box for soldiers, WW1
Advertisement for quintessential London department store, Fortnum & Mason, in particular their Thirty Shilling Xmas Box of selected provisions which could be sent to the front for lucky soldiers

Background imageDepartment Collection: Henry Simonis & Co fire appliance, Nuremberg, Germany

Henry Simonis & Co fire appliance, Nuremberg, Germany
A Henry Simonis & Co fire appliance, parked on a street in Nuremberg, Germany

Background imageDepartment Collection: COMPARATIVE EMBRYOLOGY. Chart showing comparative embryology from a fish to a man

COMPARATIVE EMBRYOLOGY. Chart showing comparative embryology from a fish to a man, made by the Department of Comparative and Human Anatomy at the American Museum of Natural History, 1932

Background imageDepartment Collection: Opening of Whiteleys department store, 1911

Opening of Whiteleys department store, 1911
Two pictures reporting on the opening of Whiteleys department store in Bayswater, West London in at the end of November 1911

Background imageDepartment Collection: Selfridges, London 1909

Selfridges, London 1909
Selfridges, Oxford Street, London

Background imageDepartment Collection: Hitchin, Herts 1940S

Hitchin, Herts 1940S
The corner of Bridge Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, where the speed limit for W.D. (War Department) vehicles is 15 m.p.h. A horse and cart keeps strictly to this limit

Background imageDepartment Collection: HARRODS 1953

HARRODS 1953
A large expensive car approaches the Knightsbridge store, which is now somewhat larger than the original grocers shop of 1849

Background imageDepartment Collection: Bank and shops, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA

Bank and shops, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA
Wyoming Valley Trust Company and Second National Bank (left) and Jonas Longs Sons department store, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA. Date: circa 1907

Background imageDepartment Collection: London Fire Brigade - 19th Century - Horse-drawn steam pump

London Fire Brigade - 19th Century - Horse-drawn steam pump
Off to the Fire London Fire Brigade - 19th Century - Horse-drawn steam pump

Background imageDepartment Collection: John Lewis, founder of the department store

John Lewis, founder of the department store
John Lewis (1836 - 1928), founder of John Lewis department store on Oxford Street, London

Background imageDepartment Collection: Harrods department store in Knightsbridge London UK

Harrods department store in Knightsbridge London UK
Ashley Cooper / SpecialistStock

Background imageDepartment Collection: Waring & Gillow, London

Waring & Gillow, London
The exterior of Waring & Gillow, Oxford Street, London

Background imageDepartment Collection: LIBERTY S, LONDON 1920S

LIBERTY S, LONDON 1920S
Libertys of London

Background imageDepartment Collection: Marshall & Snelgrove

Marshall & Snelgrove
The Marshall & Snelgrove department store on Oxford Street, London

Background imageDepartment Collection: Harrods Exterior

Harrods Exterior
An exterior view of Harrods, London Date: circa 1900

Background imageDepartment Collection: Selfridges Exterior 30S

Selfridges Exterior 30S
An exterior view of Selfridges department store on Londons Oxford Street

Background imageDepartment Collection: Shoolbred Store, London

Shoolbred Store, London
Shoolbred department store, Tottenham Court Road, London

Background imageDepartment Collection: Selfridges, London 1909

Selfridges, London 1909
Selfridges, Oxford Street, London

Background imageDepartment Collection: Corner View of Harrods

Corner View of Harrods
The elegant facade of Harrods is matched by the elegance of its customers

Background imageDepartment Collection: Electrical Magnet appliances 1929

Electrical Magnet appliances 1929
Products from the Harrods catalogue electrical department, including Magnet, irons, kettles, shaving pot, milk sterilizer, coffee percolator, water boiler, toaster, griller and toaster, towel rail

Background imageDepartment Collection: Electric Fires 1929

Electric Fires 1929
Electrical heaters give cosy warmth instantly day and night no fumes no smoke, products for Harrods catalogue electrical department. 1929

Background imageDepartment Collection: Harry Pollitt, Communist Party leader, with Mao Zedong

Harry Pollitt, Communist Party leader, with Mao Zedong
Harry Pollitt (1890-1960), Secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain, and head of its trade union department. Seen here shaking hands with the Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong (1893-1976)

Background imageDepartment Collection: Harry Pollitt, Secretary of the Communist Party

Harry Pollitt, Secretary of the Communist Party
Harry Pollitt (1890-1960), Secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain, and head of its trade union department. Date: circa 1950s

Background imageDepartment Collection: Harrods toy department, rocking horses, 1922

Harrods toy department, rocking horses, 1922
A uniform display of wooden rocking horses and smaller toy horses on wheels in the Harrods toy department, Christmas 1922. Date: 1922

Background imageDepartment Collection: Back cover of William Tarn and Co.s Illustrated Catalogue

Back cover of William Tarn and Co.s Illustrated Catalogue
William Tarn and Co.s Illustrated Catalogue, containing 202 pages including the front and back covers, with black and white and colour illustrations including designs for ceilings and dados

Background imageDepartment Collection: D H Evans, Oxford Street, London

D H Evans, Oxford Street, London
D H Evans department store, Oxford Street, London. circa 1910s

Background imageDepartment Collection: Shaftesbury Homes - Farm School for Boys, Bisley, Surrey

Shaftesbury Homes - Farm School for Boys, Bisley, Surrey
The Bisley Farm School for Boys, established by what became the Shaftesbury Homes charity. It later became known as the School House department of Shaftesbury School. Date: 1930s

Background imageDepartment Collection: Advertisement for T. B. and W. Cockayne, Department Store, Angel Street winter sale

Advertisement for T. B. and W. Cockayne, Department Store, Angel Street winter sale
Original at Sheffield Local Studies Library: MP Folder 62

Background imageDepartment Collection: Henry Simonis & Co fire appliances, Nuremberg, Germany

Henry Simonis & Co fire appliances, Nuremberg, Germany
Two Henry Simonis & Co fire appliances on a street in Nuremberg, Germany

Background imageDepartment Collection: Marks & Spencer Front

Marks & Spencer Front
The elegant shop front of a branch of Marks & Spencer Ltd. Date: circa 1910

Background imageDepartment Collection: Trade catalogue for copper moulds with tin lining 1911

Trade catalogue for copper moulds with tin lining 1911
Trade catalogue for Harrords department store, showing round fluted copper moulds with tin inside. Date: 1911

Background imageDepartment Collection: Ruins of the Sans-Souci Palace at Milot, Haiti

Ruins of the Sans-Souci Palace at Milot, Haiti
The overgrown ruins of the Sans-Souci Palace was the royal residence of King Henri I of Haiti, Queen Marie-Louise and their two daughters at Milot, Haiti

Background imageDepartment Collection: The Selfridge family at Highcliffe Castle, 1921

The Selfridge family at Highcliffe Castle, 1921. From left to right: Gordon Selfridge Junior, Isadora Duncan, Vicomte de Sibour (sitting)

Background imageDepartment Collection: Selfridges, London - Confectionery Section

Selfridges, London - Confectionery Section
Selfridges & Co, Oxford Street, London - Confectionery Section. Founded by American-born retail magnate Harry Gordon Selfridge (1858 - 1947), the Flagship store in Oxford Street was opened in 1909

Background imageDepartment Collection: Ouija Board Danger

Ouija Board Danger
The Ouija Board - Doorway to the Occult - by Edmund C Gruss, chairman of the Department of History at Los Angeles Baptist College at Newhall, California

Background imageDepartment Collection: Selfridges Roof Garden Restaurant, London, 1910

Selfridges Roof Garden Restaurant, London, 1910
Illustration showing the diners at Selfridges department stores roof garden restaurant, London, 1910

Background imageDepartment Collection: Selfridges Department Store, London, c. 1908

Selfridges Department Store, London, c. 1908
Illustration showing the architects design for Selfridges Department Store in Oxford Street, London, c.1908 when the store was being built

Background imageDepartment Collection: Grand Leader Co Department Store, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Grand Leader Co Department Store, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Grand Leader Co Department Store, West 22nd Street, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Date: circa 1910

Background imageDepartment Collection: John Lewis, Oxford Street, London

John Lewis, Oxford Street, London
John Lewis department store, Oxford Street, London. Date: circa 1905

Background imageDepartment Collection: Trade catalogue for jelly and cake moulds 1911

Trade catalogue for jelly and cake moulds 1911
Trade catalogue for Harrords department store, showing jelly and cake moulds in a variety of shapes. Date: 1911



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"Exploring the Rich History of Department Stores: From Fortnum & Mason to Selfridges" Step into a world of luxury and elegance as we delve into the captivating history stores. Starting with Fortnum & Mason, a renowned British institution since 1707, which has delighted shoppers with its exquisite offerings for centuries. Frederick Gorringes, London Department Store, stands tall as an iconic shopping destination that has witnessed the ever-changing trends and tastes of Londoners throughout the years. Its grandeur and opulence have made it a beloved landmark in the city. Transporting us back to Hitchin, Herts in the 1940s, we discover how department stores like Derry and Toms Poster played an integral role in bringing joy during challenging times. Their resilience and commitment to serving their communities were truly commendable. During World War I, Fortnum & Mason's Christmas Box for soldiers brought comfort to those fighting on foreign soil. This heartwarming gesture showcased not only their generosity but also their dedication to supporting our brave servicemen. Across continents, Bullocks Wilshire in Los Angeles stood as a symbol of glamour and sophistication. It epitomized Hollywood's golden era while offering unparalleled shopping experiences to its discerning clientele. Bourne & Hollingsworth on Oxford Street holds stories within its walls that whisper tales from bygone eras. A witness to countless fashion revolutions and societal shifts – this store remains an emblematic presence amidst London's bustling retail scene. Traveling across oceans brings us to Bank and shops in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania – a vibrant hub where locals found everything they needed under one roof. These establishments became community pillars fostering connections between neighbors. In Nuremberg, Germany Henry Simonis & Co fire appliance served not only as a department store but also demonstrated how businesses can adapt beyond traditional roles by providing essential services during emergencies—a testament to resilience amid adversity.