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The Hackney Yearbook 1906

March 2, 2015
by the gentle author

Behold the wonders of commerce and retail over a century ago, courtesy of the Hackney Year Book 1906 from the archive at the Bishopsgate Institute!

Images courtesy Bishopsgate Institute

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  1. ROBERT GREEN permalink
    March 2, 2015

    I really like these, even just looking at them is enough to generate a real feeling of living through that period in time, I’m not sure that I would have been so eager to let Mr Charles Norfolk get his hands on my “gnashers” though, he sounds a bit “fierce” but having said that he did have a lot of experience, 110,000 extractions ! ! as a young boy in the early 60s I remember my mother had a “mangle” like the one in Perkins advert, it was not the most attractive looking thing but it was very sturdy and reliable, ( bit like me really 😉 and Watsons cork lino brings back memories, all the rooms in our house had cork lino that my father bought from Gamages of Holborn, and I like the G R Heward & Son portable ? ? “Homerton range” although Frank East maybe sounds a little boastful, “business increasing”, “comment needless” not a particularly endearing turn of phrase, can we have some more of these please GA, they are very nice.

  2. March 2, 2015

    You know how I love language, the extravagance of claims in some of these adverts is breathtaking.

  3. March 2, 2015

    Google implies Lesbia Road is no more.
    Wonder when that changed name?

    I love the cheery tooth extractor

    and the interest in French!

  4. March 2, 2015

    Fascinating ancient graphic design! — Notable the use of an early company logo by “Maltoff”!

    Love & Peace

  5. Annabel permalink
    March 2, 2015

    How wonderful!
    Thank you so much.

  6. March 2, 2015

    I was intrigued to know what an “Ordinary” was that Mr H.J.Aris supplied at a cost of one shilling, so I looked it up and now I know – but what on earth is a “belly” that Mr T.E. Dennison makes out of leather??!!

  7. March 2, 2015

    Great selection of ads! Valerie

  8. Pauline Taylor permalink
    March 2, 2015

    I like these. I have a postcard, presumably used for advertising purposes, which shows my great grandfather’s business vehicle with his two horses, and the one here, of the Cazenove sanitary laundry, looks exactly the same. Perhaps if more like these exist my great grandfather, Owen Charles Greenwood, and his business, florist and garden contractor in Upper Clapton Road, might turn up!! I do also have a photograph of the outside of the shop so I am very fortunate to have a record of it.

    We had a kitchen range, like the one shown here, in our kitchen when I was growing up which had to be blackleaded regularly to keep it looking smart!


  9. Gary Gillman permalink
    March 2, 2015

    I first visited London in the 1980’s and reading these cards reminds me strongly of many quarters of London then, I mean the storefronts and buildings pictured. Whether this is still so today I cannot say, but in general I’d hazard that things change less than we think.

    Gary Gillman, Toronto.

  10. Peter Holford permalink
    March 2, 2015

    The piano advert is of great interest to me. It seems most of my ancestors were employed making pianos at the end of the 19th century in the two main London centres – Hackney and Camden. It’s a pity I don’t know whether this was one of the firms that they worked for but it is good to see an example of the type of work they did. When the bottom fell out of the piano trade they went into running pubs!

  11. Victoria permalink
    March 2, 2015

    Very taken with these adverts. It would make an interesting walk to visit the addresses now to see how much of the past remains.

  12. Pam permalink
    March 3, 2015

    I enjoyed all the ads very much. They are very different then ours of today. Some of the ideas I didn’t know what they were! Thank you very much.

  13. Ken permalink
    November 30, 2019

    I’ve got a P.T.Perkins mangle identical to the one that’s advertised on here. It’s in our garden with plants on it now.

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