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Tower Hamlets Advertisements, 1967

March 3, 2018
by the gentle author

To divert me while I have been poorly, Stefan Dickers the Archivist at Bishopsgate Institute kindly sent me these wonderful advertisements from a History of Tower Hamlets produced by the council in 1967 and I could not resist showing them to you. Fifty years later, it is poignant to contemplate these proud images of manufacturing and long-established local businesses which are now all gone.

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Images courtesy Bishopsgate Institute

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Adverts from the Jewish East End

Adverts from Stepney Borough Guide

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The Trade Cards of Old London

Business in Bishopsgate, 1892

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10 Responses leave one →
  1. March 3, 2018

    A Merchant Navy, businesses that actually made stuff …. you’re sure this was the UK?

  2. Paul Loften permalink
    March 3, 2018

    Thank you both for this priceless archive. I hope you are now better !

  3. March 3, 2018

    Reading these and coming across the ad for the Whitechapel Bell foundry, I wondered what had happened to the campaign to keep it open as a working museum.

  4. March 3, 2018

    Best wishes for a speedy return to good health, Gentle Author.
    Your posts specially welcome while we are housebound in the snow.

  5. Helen Breen permalink
    March 3, 2018

    Greetings from Boston,

    GA, what an interesting variety of goods and services offered in those days. Each ad is so cleanly presented.

    Oh, I would love to try one of those Olivetti 22 typewriters at the Bishopgate Typewriter Company on Bethal Green Road. Recall how we had to “throw the carriage”? It made a mesmerizing sound.

  6. March 3, 2018

    Feel better. While it is wonderful that you are soldiering on, your faithful readers hope that you
    will put your well-being as the top priority. (well, naturally)
    Sending best wishes from the Hudson Valley — where we got a foot of snow yesterday.
    (Two words to consider: Chicken soup! )

  7. Ros permalink
    March 3, 2018

    What a wonderful collection. And how what was ordinary becomes extraordinary in the twinkling of an eye that is our lifetime. I find it difficult to know whether these are from fifty or a hundred years ago, so dated are the typefaces, so rich and rare the vocabulary (wharfingers, stevedores, steamer berths, liners, nurses’ homes) and so long gone the ways of doing and making things. I notice a great deal of harking back even then in the illustrations used, and how firms still seemed to be hanging on to telephone exchanges with letters (SHOreditch, BIShopsgate) while others used numbers only. I had to laugh at Allen and Hanburys taking credit for the Tower in Tower Hamlets, which had like all the current London Boroughs only been created in 1965. No wonder people get nostalgic for all that manufacturing that went on whether on a large or as in most of these a small scale. More please! Also, hope you get well soon.

  8. Jim Brennan permalink
    March 4, 2018

    Free Trade (before the Brexiteers half-inched it). The Whitechapel Bell Foundry. Bloom’s…..

    Marvellous. More please/

  9. Brennan Macauley permalink
    March 5, 2018

    I noticed in the T.&W IDE Ltd advertisement for the glass doors at Canada House Trafalgar Sq. they made.The coat of arms featured is of the little known province of Canada in which I reside New Brunswick.Nice coincidence.Thanks.

  10. Marcia Howard permalink
    April 2, 2018

    Wonderful adverts evoking so many old memories of things gone by.
    I’m puzzled by the expression Best Ante Post Prices in the Betting advert! Still haven’t worked out what that’s meant to mean.
    I do hope you are fully recovered now from when this was posted last month.

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