I got my inspiration from two old photos I have in my collection. The first is a photo of my great grandfather's seed and florist shop in Rundle Street, Adelaide, at the east end where the old East End Market was. He also had a plant nursery about 2 kms out of the city. I have mentioned my gr grandfather in earlier posts and this was his shop. I'm not sure if he was hanging out in front, but I imagine he may have been. I like the very large dog in the photo. Probably belonged to the boy. You rarely see dogs in the city these days. This is now a very busy main street in Adelaide.
The next photo, also in my collection came with the family photos, but is a shop in Melbourne, so I'm not sure of the family connection. The advertisement on the shop are interesting, but the photo is very faded.
Having been hooked I went online a discovered a plethora of similar photos, most of them portraying old shops in English towns, always with the shopkeeper proudly showing off the shop..
Cowley's Hardware. Wouldn't a collector love to get hold of some of those old pieces now.
a Grocery, Drapery, Fruit and Provisions shop.
Produce shop - fruit and vegetables. The ad for Rinso washing powder reminded me that my mother used Rinso for her wash too.
a Hosier and Draper. I wonder if those are the proprietor's children.
And this one with women outside. Perhaps it sold women's clothing or hats. Quite an affluent looking building for a shop. It was the only one I was able to find with women in it. Maybe a front for an ancient profession? LOL!!
Agents for the famous James Cycles. I had never heard of these cycles so a bit of research was in order. James Cycles started in 1880 and finally sold the business in 1967, having indeed manufactured a famous brand.