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Boots and Gent’s Outfitters
Boots and Gent’s Outfitters
Photo: Veronica B
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Item #: 35015
The name of the Men’s Outfitters is…?

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 28th March 2024 at 16:30

I didn't work for Boots when it was on Standishgate but I remember when I was a little girl they used to sell books upstairs, (shades of Miss Lewis in Boots' Library, Veronica?!) and I still have some Milly-Molly-Mandy books that were bought for me from there. The price, 6/-, (six shillings), is still there written in pencil inside the front cover. Six shillings was a lot of money for a child's book back in the late 1950s so I imagine they were bought one at a time for my birthday or Christmas!

Comment by: Cyril on 28th March 2024 at 20:20

I'm taking a guess at Dunn's Outfitters Veronica, especially with those top leaded window lights and the faux Tudor panelling reflected in the near window, I was also trying to read the shop name also reflected in the same window, but I can't make it out.

Comment by: Ian on 28th March 2024 at 21:34

Cyril, it's easy: it says Timepix. :-)
Only joking.
It says: WOOLWORTHS or, to be exact, part of the word.

Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh. on 28th March 2024 at 23:06

The gents shop was Ellors ,it was on the corner of Makinson Arcade on the opposite corner was the same name but sold ladiesware.

Comment by: Donald Underwood on 29th March 2024 at 12:49

Boots had an upmarket lending library upstairs

I can only assume that they later sold off the stock
There was a thick carpet

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 29th March 2024 at 16:22

Donald, Boots' Library is mentioned in the film "Brief Encounter" with a "Miss Lewis" in charge of it. I actually have a Boot's Lending- Library book that I bought from a car-boot sale many years ago, because I worked at Boots for 16 years and just felt I should buy the book. When I opened it there were a number of four-leafed clovers inside that someone had collected and pressed many years ago; I left them in place and they are still there.

Comment by: Cyril on 30th March 2024 at 11:52

Thanks Ian and Tom, I see now that I'd read Veronica's title wrongly with me thinking it was one shop selling gents boots and clothes and not two different shops next to one another, if I could have read the reflected name I maybe would have realised my mistake, I'll put the blame on the glasses or the tablets. %¬)

Comment by: Donald Underwood on 30th March 2024 at 18:25

Irene,boys of my age didn't watch pictures like Brief
Encounter though I confess to seeing Greer Garson in Mrs Miniver at the Scholes Pictures

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 31st March 2024 at 08:20

I only saw it for the first time when I was in my thirties or forties, Donald, but I have always had a love of forties' clothes , hairstyles etc,. even though I was only born in 1952, (I sometimes think I must have been here before!), It's not something I would have watched even as a young girl but the gentleness of it appeals to me....it is like watching a vanished world. I have never seen Mrs. Miniver though I have heard of it and will watch out for it on the telly, as I know it is shown every so often. Your name is familiar to me but I can't think where I know it from!

Comment by: Veronica on 31st March 2024 at 11:07

Winston Churchill was a great fan of Mrs Miniver, especially in the war films.. I think it must have been the ‘upper middle class stoicism’ displayed as opposed to the Eastenders “we can take it!” When the bombs dropped. .
You would like the films of that time Irene. You can get them on ytube. Mrs Miniver and Laura in Brief Encounter rolled into one!;o)). I must admit like the films. They were actually produced during the war.

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