Retail therapy with Stewart Bale

5 September 2007 by Sam

mannequin in a dress made of stockings

Detail of display of ‘Morley’ stockings in Henderson and Sons department store window, Church Street, 1949

I’ve got some good, bad and more good news for you this morning. The first good news is that the latest themed Stewart Bale online exhibition, this month on the subject of Retail, including street scenes and vehicles, is online. The bad news is that this is the last in the current series of six. However, the last piece of good news is that a small display of copy prints of a selection of the photographs will be going on display outside the Maritime archives and Library on the second floor of the Maritime Museum from 1 October 2007.

As usual, I’ve enjoyed looking at the details of the photos with zoomify, including a mysterious man in a bowler hat appearing from behind a car in front of the Newsham Motor Company showroom and the staff looking out of the windows of the Fruit Exchange.  However the mannequin in this picture from the window display of Henderson and Sons department store held the biggest surprise, as she is wearing a dress made entirely of stockings.

Archivist Anne Gleave, who has done a brilliant job researching all of the fantastic images in the online exhibitions, is already planning another display from the Stewart Bale archive for next year, so I’ll keep you posted when the details are confirmed.

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