Jones & Higgins Department Store

Useful ‘Coupon-free’ Gifts at reasonable prices Starting out as a one shopfront window business, Messrs Edwin Jones and George Randell Higgins began their business venture in 1867 with a mere £80. By 1887 they had opened a 5-storey department store on the corner of Rye Lane and Peckham High Street, which went on to become one of south London’s best-known department stores.  It closed in the 1980s. They advertised in local newspapers. Source: Bromley & District Times, 5th December 1941 (page 3)

Jones & Higgins: Reliable Furniture

Jones & Higgins for Quality – Value – Service Reliable Furniture Jones & Higgin make it possible for you to buy furniture of finest quality at competitive. prices.  Here are two typical examples of value offered. Figured Oak Dining Room Suite 4ft Sideboard with two spacious cupboards and two drawers, one drawer balze-lined for cutlery, Draw-leaf tables opening to 5 x 3ft and four well built Chairs, loose seats covered in hide effect rexine. £47.5.0 Figured Oak Bedroom Suite 4ft Wardrobe, fitted hanging rod and hooks. 3ft 4Ins Sunk Centre…

Share the Sunday Times: 1941 advert

Share the Sunday Times Trusted for its news and views through 120 years through 20 other wars – the Sunday times is Britain’s great Sunday newspaper.  As in all its history, outstanding men write its pages – Scrutator, James Agate, Lord Vansittart, Philip Guedalla, Ernest Newmanm Desmond MacCarthy, Dilys Powell, Norman Crump.   But the Sunday Times is in such demand for its authoritative journalism, that supplies run short; so hand your copy round.  If the man next door – the vicar, the air raid warden, good friends and relatives, have…

Recruits for the ATS needed URGENTLY

This notice was published in the local Bromley & District Times newspaper in October 1941, by the Ministry of Labour and National Service, advertising to parents of girls seeking work to join up to the Auxiliary Territorial Service. A message from the Government to PARENTS of all girls… …who are not yet employed in full-time WAR WORK. Your daughter is being asked to volunteer immediately for the Auxiliary Territorial Service, even if she has yet to register or is now awaiting her interview. The need for recruits to the A.T.S.…

Cinema Listings for Bromley in 1941

This advert for the cinemas of Bromley lists the top films being shown for the 6 days following Monday 27th October 1941. The Odeon’s top movie was ‘Billy the Kid’ – action in technicolor. The Regal in Beckenham however was showing ‘High Sierra’ and ‘Conga Swing’. The Gaumont in Bromley was showing ‘I Thank You’ and ‘Behind the News’ Splendid cinema, on Bromley Road was also showing ‘High Sierra’ and then ‘Facing the Music’ With the Rex cinema in Hayes, Kent also showing ‘Billy the Kid’ featuring Robert Taylor. Source:…

Quaker Relief in Britain

This advert featured in the Bromley & District Times newspaper in September 1941 Quaker Relief in Britain organised by THE SOCIETY OF FRIENDS has – Over 100 East London and Birmingham shelters to serve with medical aid, social welfare and food. – Nearly 50 Country evacuee hostels to maintain – Six London rest centres to organise – A mobile relief unit This service costs £5,000 – £6,000 a Month WE NEED MONEY URGENTLY! – Please give all you can to – FRIENDS WAR VICTIMS RELIEF – Committee – Friends House,…

Advertisement for Regent Portraits (Photographers)

“When Jack came home on leave…” …he realised how much happier his friends and family would be while he was away if they had a photograph of him…. a life like portrait which would always form a comforting link between them. So he went along to Regent Portraits where he knew he would get a portrait with which he would be perfectly satisfied. Now more than ever it is a family duty for everybody to be photographed… not just “sometimes”… but NOW. Satifaction Guaranteed Source: Bromley & District Times, 26th…

Travel Advice: Don’t Travel at Whitsun, 1943

Advice from the Railway Executive Committee advising customers not to  travel on Whitsun 1943 (which fell on Sunday 13th June), due to the trains being used to transport urgent supplies to the battlefront. Whitsun Trains are going to the front! We are on the eve of great events. Now – more than ever – every available train is needed for the massing of war materials for the battlefronts. Victory – and the lives of our men – depend on these supplies. DON’T TRAVEL AT WHITSUN Railway Executive Committee Source: Bromley…

Dainty Wear for Tiny Tots

Loving the names of the children’s clothing from this advert in the Bromley & District Times from May 1940. The Infant’s Art Spun Smock Art Crepe Romper Infant’s Dayella Gown Boy’s Cotton Buster Suit Girl’s Cotton Frock and Knicker Set All Wool Matinee Coat This shop also sold the classic Muslin Squares (still very much bought and used today) and of course Terry Squares – the forerunner to the modern day disposable nappy. Source: Bromley & District Times, 28th May 1943  (page 3)