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Old Whitechapel Letterheads & Receipts

July 5, 2023
by the gentle author

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It is my delight to publish these old Whitechapel letterheads and receipts from Philip Mernick‘s astonishing ephemera collection. Many are remarkable for the beauty of their typographic design as well as revealing the wide range of industry and commerce. 

Speigelhalters were in Whitechapel from 1928 until 1988

Gardiner’s Corner was a familiar landmark in East End for generations

This was the family business of the artist Nathaniel Kornbluth

All letterheads and receipts courtesy of Philip Mernick

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6 Responses leave one →
  1. July 5, 2023

    These old letterheads and receipts give us a glimpse of the past in Whitechapel. They show us what businesses were like and also have nice designs. It’s interesting to look at them and imagine what life was like back then.

  2. Rick Armiger permalink
    July 5, 2023

    I’m so pleased the GA (and friends) keeps and documents these.

    I appreciate it’s a wee bit off-topic, but our workshop had a tiny creamy ’62 fiat giardiniera station wagon convertible and it was perfect for deliveries to museum clients, to crossrail and our architects. The sides were painted as a tradesman’s van in the style seen here (Woollen Merchants Gordon & Son).

    Happy Days

  3. Bernie permalink
    July 5, 2023

    Here, in my Glasgow garage, you will find saws, planes and other tools that were “bought of Buck & Hickman” by my father, Hymie, who made furniture during most of the last century at various addresses in Curtain Rd., Hoxton Sq., and Dalston.

  4. Joan Johnson permalink
    July 5, 2023

    Loved reading this assortment of receipts from the various merchants of Whitechapel. It would be great to see these and others like them gathered together and published as a book.

  5. July 5, 2023

    Great stuff, as always.
    The bill for Beef & Butter advertises a “Marmite Bonus” can anyone shed light?

  6. David Johnson permalink
    July 5, 2023

    Wonderful collection – I especially liked the polite prospective 1937 letter from D & D Levy. So different from the moronic cold calls you have to endure (or in my case generally not) these days.
    For some reason, my Dad kept all his receipts during the first 10 years of my parents’ marriage, so we have a superb snapshot of some of the many small businesses around Huddersfield in the 1950s.

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