Receipts from London’s Oldest Ironmongers
As any accountant will tell you – you must always keep your receipts. It was a dictum adopted religiously by the staff at London oldest ironmongers R. M. Presland & Sons, in the Hackney Rd since 1797 and still trading today as Daniel Lewis & Co Ltd – The One Stop Metal Shop , where this cache of receipts from the eighteen-eighties and nineties was discovered recently. One hundred and thirty years later, they may no longer be of interest to the tax man, but they serve to illustrate the utilitarian beauty of nineteenth-century typographic design and tell us a lot about the diverse interrelated trades which once filled this particular corner of the East End.
The One Stop Metal Shop, Daniel Lewis & Son Ltd, 493-495 Hackney Rd, E2 9ED
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