Life may have been tough in 1917, but Christmas would soon arrive and there were presents to buy. Below is a selection of advertisements for Christmas presents printed in the Bromley & District Times newspaper.
Here are some Christmas ideas for the family from Herbert Collins Ltd, of Market Square, Bromley.
Who advertised selling “a most varied and pleasing selection of up-to-date Novelties for Christmas Gifts.”
Hundreds of suitable articles for Christmas Gifts are on show.
FOR OUR TROOPS:
Warm knitted scarfs, woollen gloves and other ‘comforts’ for present needs.
FOR THE MAIDS:
Smart dress lengths, caps and aprons in great variety.
FOR CHARITY GIFTS:
Warm serviceable blankets, flannels and flannettes of excellent quality.
Toys for Children
Bring the Little Ones to see Father Xmas
- Clockwork Trains
- A rather unpleasant looking gun
- A sweet and provision store
- A dreadnought ship
- The Very Latest game of Fish Ponds. (It looks as if it is using magnets)
- A blackboard
Whereas E.W. Paynes, which was, until very recently, located in the Market Place in Bromley, had a variety of gifts for the more affluent buyers.
E.W. Payne for Value
- A solid silver vanity case
- A ‘Presto’ light watch stand
- A solid silver powder pot
- Army badges in gold and silver
- Solid silver mirrors
- Solid silver bags
- Solid silver bracelets
- A solid silver calendar
Bromley & District Times, December 1917