Department Stores

Collection by Claire Masset


Vintage photos and adverts from the wonderful world of department stores. To find out more, see my book, 'Department Stores, published by Shire and available from Amazon.

Claire Masset
Liberty of London, 1910 - The Shops of Old London Victorian London, Vintage London, Victorian Era, London History, British History, Liberty Of London, Old London, Old Pictures, Old Photos

The Shops of Old London

In the midst of life I woke to find myself living in an old house beside Brick Lane in the East End of London

Harry Selfridge at his Oxford Street site, 1931 Harry Gordon Selfridge, Sr. January 1858 – 8 May an American-British retail magnate who founded the London-based department store Selfridges. Uk History, London History, British History, Vintage London, Old London, Vintage Photographs, Vintage Photos, Mr Selfridge, Selfridges London

Mencyclopaedia: Selfridges

This revolutionary retailer is a mecca for modern menswear.

 - Harry Gordon Selfridge's claim to fame was his department store chain "Selfridges". He is also responsible for coining the phrase "The customer is always right." He made millions and died penniless. Vintage Photographs, Vintage Photos, Mr Selfridge, Dolly Sisters, Masterpiece Theater, Shopping Day, British History, Old Photos, Vintage Men

Harry Gordon Selfridge, Sr.

Harry Gordon Selfridge, Sr. - Harry Gordon Selfridge's claim to fame was his department store chain "Selfridges". He is also responsible for coining the phrase "The customer is always right."

Glass Half Plate Image of a woman modelling a hat for the retailer Marshall & Snelgrove. Published in Illustrated Sporting & Dramatic News. Maker: Bassano Studio Production Date: 1930s Fashion, Vintage Fashion, Vintage Black, Retro Vintage, Vintage Style, Funky Hats, Fedora Hat Women, Classic Hats, London Museums

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In Pictures: London's Lost Department Stores - Arding & Hobbs, near Clapham Junction, as seen in It was at one point the largest department store south of the Thames. It is now a branch of Debenhams. Victorian London, Vintage London, Old London, London History, British History, Asian History, Tudor History, Local History, London Pictures

In Pictures: London's Lost Department Stores

A trip down the capital's retail memory lane.

The man who knew what women wanted: As BBC and ITV go to war over shopping dramas, the extraordinary story behind the real Mr Selfridge - a philanderer, visionary and wedding list inventor - is revealed Mustache Wax, Moustache, Mr Selfridge, Dolly Sisters, What Women Want, Wedding List, Street Look, Sharp Dressed Man, Period Dramas

The man who knew what women wanted

de bene esse: literally, of well-being, morally acceptable but subject to future validation or exception BBC1 will air a new program set ...

Baroque luxury with Second Empire features in Harrods' shoe department was echoed throughout the fashion departments. This room was decorated by Frederick Sage & Co. © (Taken Reproduced by permission of Historic England Archive Harrods, Old Pictures, Old Photos, Vintage Photos, Vintage Photographs, Vintage London, Old London, South London, London Life

Visible in stone: women's history through the buildings they lived and worked in

English Heritage's latest project, Visible in stone, explores the history of women through the built environment, from Victorian times to the mid 20th century.

Winter sales, by Edward McKnight Kauffer, 1921 - Poster Art London Underground's Greatest Designs. A major exhibition at London Transport Museum opening on 15 February 2013 in celebration of anniversary of the Underground. London Underground, London Transport Museum, Public Transport, Japanese Woodcut, London Poster, Retro Poster, Poster Vintage, Vintage Art, Railway Posters

Underground art scene: Exhibition to celebrate 150 years of the Tube will feature incredible posters from each decade since 1908

A new exhibition will showcase the iconic poster art that has adorned the walls of the London Underground for more than a century.

 Complete with rooftop cafe home to numerous parrots in the Very glam! Edinburgh Scotland, Department Store, Beautiful Buildings, Capital City, Wonderful Places, Black And White Photography, Wonders Of The World, Old Photos, Nostalgia

Buildings  -  Goldbergs department store, High Riggs, Tollcross, Edinburgh

1987: Goldbergs Department Store, Tollcross, Edinburgh.

Barbara Hulanicki in the rooftop garden (complete with flamingos) of the Big Biba department store, Kensington High St, London, Barbara Hulanicki, Biba Fashion, Swinging London, Rainbow Room, Exotic Plants, Department Store, A Boutique, Bell Bottoms, Black And White

Barbara Hulanicki

What started as a mail-order business run out of Barbara Hulanicki’s flat quickly turned into a cult fashion line in which virtually every piece sold out as soon as it hit the shelf.

July 1954 Wearing a woolen suit with an astrakhan collar and a veiled hat , steps off the escalator at Harrods Fashion Runway Show, Suit Fashion, 1950s Fashion, Modest Fashion, Fashion Photo, Vintage Fashion, Vintage Outfits, 50s Outfits, Vintage Dresses


Model is wearing a woollen suit with an astrakhan collar and a veiled hat as she steps off the escalator at Harrods. Photo by Chaloner Woods/Getty Images