Posts Tagged ‘Shop’


October 16, 2014

We have another advert from Harry Hobbs’ shop today and we think this one may date from the 1930s or 40s It’s a simple sheet of card which could fold and it is for Weetabix. This is a product which we can still buy, of course.

Weetabix advert from Harry Hobbs' Market Lavington shop

Weetabix advert from Harry Hobbs’ Market Lavington shop

The red outlined font, the slogan and the font for it point to our estimate of an early date.

But of course, do tell us if we are wrong.

Once again, thanks to Pat and Eric for finding these items and passing them to the museum.

Ken Mundy’s Shop

September 22, 2014
Ken Mundy's shoe shop in about 1977

Ken Mundy’s shoe shop in about 1977

This isn’t the best photo you ever saw, but sometimes, we feel, a poor photo has a story to tell and is worth sharing. That’s so with this one.

The rather drab looking shop was Ken Mundy’s shoe shop and this picture dates from around 1977. But let’s just look at the left and remind ourselves that the ED visible was at the end of Lloyds Bank Limited – a reminder that not only did we have a shoe shop in Market Lavington, we had banks as well.

Let’s start at the bottom of Ken’s shop with the enamel advert for Craven A. Craven A was a tobacco product and we think it must have been on the shop in much earlier times. Ken never sold tobacco products. That particular enamel sign was quite common and carried the tag line (or should that be tag lie?) ‘will not affect your throat’.

Above that is the shop window. Ken sold shoes but he also soled shoes. Yes, he did shoe repairs. He even made shoes. Ted Maslen told us his wedding shoes were made by Ken. The window was a bit of a jumble, but the shop inside was absolute chaos. Ken was never very tidy or orderly and it was not unknown for people to arrive to collect a pair of shoes after some repairs and Ken could only find one. If you came back a couple of days later, he’d find the other as well. Nothing was ever permanently lost.

New shoes could be a problem as well. They could have been in the shop for a long time with one in the window and another in a shoe box. The one that had been in the light may well have faded and could be significantly different in colour from its partner.

But despite these little quirks, Ken was liked by villagers, and the young lads often gathered at his shop to learn something of his wit and wisdom.

We have a moderate amount of Mundy memorabilia in the museum and it really does remind us of a past time.

But one more thing on that photo. There’s clearly a noticeboard next to the shop window. We can’t remember what it was for, but it could be a proper bus timetable – so much better than the scrappy information you get these days, which tells you almost nothing. But there was a time when many shops had an information board for one organisation or another.

So, some good memories from that rather poor photo.

Water Biscuits

September 11, 2014

What do many of us like at the end of a meal? Well, for some of us a bit of cheese goes down well – with a crispy biscuit to hold it. Harry Hobbs obviously sold water biscuits in his Market Lavington High Street shop for amongst the adverts we now have there is this one.

Advert for Carr's Table Water Biscuits from Harry Hobbs's shop - about 1953

Advert for Carr’s Table Water Biscuits from Harry Hobbs’s shop – about 1953

This is for table water biscuits by Carr’s of Carlisle and it shows a variety of cheeses and a platter of water biscuits.

The slogans say, ‘The perfect biscuit with cheese’, and ‘Set the seal on a perfect meal’.

It’s a large advert and one wonders how space was found to display it in a smallish shop.

This particular ad has an actual clue as to its date.

By appointment to the late King George VI.

By appointment to the late King George VI.

King George VI died in 1952 so this dates from after his death.

It’s another lovely advert to remind us of past times.

It’s a breeze

August 14, 2014

We love our old adverts from Harry Hobbs’s High Street Shop. We love them even if we are not 100% sure what the product advertised actually was. This one is for a product called Breeze.

Advert for breeze at Market Lavington Museum

Advert for Breeze at Market Lavington Museum

This card ad, for a product which keeps you beautifully country fresh, is cleverly made. It can be stored flat but with a bit of careful work the base opens out into a semicircle and the waterwheel becomes three dimensional. The advert becomes free standing then.

But what was Breeze? We believe it was a soap and the product was around in 1955. Adverts from that era seem to feature the words ‘country fresh’.

Before that it had been a Unilver washing detergent introduced in 1947.

Cleansing products with the name Breeze are still marketed by Unilver.


August 5, 2014

We are looking at another advert from Harry Hobbs’ shop today. Most of these adverts date back to the 1950s. We wonder if this one is from the 1960s.

Advert for Pat-a-Fish crumbs from Harry Hobbs' shop on High Street, Market Lavington

Advert for Pat-a-Fish crumbs from Harry Hobbs’ shop on High Street, Market Lavington

This is an advert for breadcrumbs. Our curator says his mother would have been horrified at the idea of buying breadcrumbs. Any bits of stale bread were used for that task. In fact, our curator recalls, it was his job to break the bread up into smaller pieces and put them in a Moulinex grater. Apparently, he loved winding the handle and watching the wonderfully even breadcrumbs fall out of the bottom.

But maybe the busy working wife without a willing son might have found it quicker and easier to buy breadcrumbs – particularly when invited to by a rather sexy, lipstick wearing fish with a catchy little phrase – ‘crumbs! they’re good!’ to encourage her. And as our curator remembers, the crumbs he produced weren’t golden and golden crumbs certainly sound grand.

We feel very lucky to have these old adverts. They do bring back memories and get museum visitors talking about their own past.


Say McVitie’s!

July 27, 2014

This is another of our adverts which came from Harry Hobbs shop which used to be just opposite the Green Dragon on High Street.

This one is different from all the others in being made of thin sheet metal folded around cardboard. Like other ads, it is delightful.

1950s advert from Harry Hobbs' 1950s shop

1950s advert from Harry Hobbs’ 1950s shop

We have quite a posh 1950s family – the lad even sports a bow tie. Mum has her tea and the girl of the family is persuading the family parrot to beg for a biscuit. Not any old biscuit, of course. The parrot must learn to give the name of the correct manufacturer.

Once again we have an item to bring back memories of a past era – already this ad is much loved by museum visitors.

Why not come and see this ad and others for real. Our museum is crammed with memorabilia – all about Market Lavington and Easterton, but of course, some items, like these adverts, have a much more general interest.

Another Harry Hobbs advert

July 12, 2014


We love the shop adverts that came from Harry’s High Street shop. They are popular with our visitors too. Today’s ad has been placed on our Hopkins loo cistern. It seemed an appropriate place.

1950s advert for Domestos from Harry Hobbs. shop

1950s advert for Domestos from Harry Hobbs. shop

Really, this needs a bottle of appropriate Domestos to complete the display.

We have a reminder here that we used to be greener than we might think we are today. These days we dutifully put our used glass bottles in the skip where they get smashed to smithereens. The glass is then taken to a furnace to be melted and reformed – a huge cost in energy terms.

Back then, in the 1950s, we merely borrowed the bottle and paid a deposit (in this case tuppence (2d) for its safe return. When a van arrived at a shop with fresh supplies they could gather up the returned empties and take them back to the factory. They could be cleaned (which certainly meant some energy expenditure) and then reused.  What a sensible system! It even made kids pick up discarded bottles so they could get the deposit money back – an army of litter pickers!

So actually, to purchase your bottle of Domestos you’d need to pay over 1/3d but you’d get the tuppence back when you returned the empties.

It’s another lovely reminder of past times.


Spratt’s Weetmeet

June 30, 2014

This is another advert found in the loft above Harry Hobbs’ shop on High Street in Market Lavington. His shop was opposite The Green Dragon and Harry ran the shop with his wife from the mid 1930s to the late 1960s. We think this ad probably dates from the 1950s but it could be earlier.

Advert for Spratt's Weetmeet from Harry Hobbs's Market Lavington shop

Advert for Spratt’s Weetmeet from Harry Hobbs’s Market Lavington shop

This particular advert – like the others it is cardboard – is not in tip top condition and it will need some TLC before it can appear in all its 3D glory. The gate is meant to be elegantly curved out in front of the backdrop scene and the cute dog and pup obviously come forward with it.

We have found little about the product advertised but we assume it was made at the company’s East London works. Once again, we’ll appeal for further information.


Another advert from Harry Hobbs’ shop

June 25, 2014

Harry ran his High Street shop from 1934 through to 1968. Regular readers will know we were recently given some large card adverts found in the loft.

Here’s another of them.

1950s advert for Chivers products found at the former shop of Harry Hobbs in High Street, Market Lavington

1950s advert for Chivers products found at the former shop of Harry Hobbs in High Street, Market Lavington

Here we see three housewives and the more matronly looking one has filled her basket with Chivers products. The two younger women are clearly full of admiration for the wise older lady.

Behind the ladies – and they are physically as well as artistically behind for this poster has real depth there is a rural idyll scene with an olde worlde village shop advertising Chivers jam. In the background, up on the hill is a castle of the size of Windsor. It made some of us, at the museum think royalty. Perhaps that was in the advertiser’s mind.

We are fairly sure this dates from the 1950s. What a wonderful item it is


Adverts for Porage

June 15, 2014

Today we are looking at more of the adverts that Harry Hobbs had at his High Street shop in Market Lavington and today we concentrate on one product still available today – porage oats.

Please don’t comment on the spelling. Yes, we thought it should be porridge as well. But on these adverts it is clearly porage.

Here’s one ad – a cheery Scottish lad is full of the right stuff and by him is a packet of Scott’s Porage Oats featuring its well-known shot putting Scotsman.

Porage oats ad from harry Hobbs' shop on High Street, Market Lavington

Porage oats ad from Harry Hobbs’ shop on High Street, Market Lavington

We think this dates from the 1950s.

Our other ad for this product features a giant packet of porage with an insert in the top of it.

This ad is a giant sized box and probably dates from the 1950s or 60s

This ad is a giant sized box and probably dates from the 1950s or 60s

The interesting addition on this packet is the cost of a plateful.

'Less than a penny a plateful'

‘Less than a penny a plateful’

It’s said to be less than a penny a plateful – and this would be the pre-decimal penny and there were 240 of them to the pound.

We are sure these ads will bring back memories for many a person of a certain age.