Shoes, shoeshops and more

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Post by verytalldave » Mon Dec 04, 2006 5:41 pm

Hush Puppies were soooooo comfortable.
Tuf lasted forever but made my feet sweat.
Whatever happened to Freeman Hardy and Willis?
Whatever happened to Richards Shops?
Bata shoeshops have disappeared.
As have the Chelsea Girl chain of shops.
Wimpy bars have almost evaporated into thin air.
David Greigg the grocery shop chain also.

And what year did the Post Office vans stop being painted olive green and morph into bright red?

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Post by dave mc » Tue Dec 05, 2006 8:08 am

Some very good points there, verytalldave, but haven't Post Office vans always been red?
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Post by verytalldave » Tue Dec 05, 2006 11:23 am

No. In the 1950's they were dark olive green. At least the Telephone vans were.
I also seem to recall that they went through a very short spell of being bright yellow as well. That was in the 1970's I think.
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Post by dave mc » Wed Dec 06, 2006 8:09 am

I'm afraid the 50's were just before my time.

The van in the picture looks familiar, but I've always remembered them being Red.
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Post by comfychair » Wed Dec 06, 2006 9:42 am

Richard Shops - what a quality fashion chain - I think they were bought out by one of the big companies (BhS group or Arcadia) and then very quickly closed down and converted into Dorothy Perkins (or something equally as hideous).

Chelsea Girl became River Island - oh I remember the naive days of thinking that this was a huge improvement and what an upmarket shop RI was.....I am much older and wiser now ;-) (and therefore too old to shop in RI - not sure they'd even let me through the door!)

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Post by Flyrr100 » Fri Dec 08, 2006 12:36 pm

In the 70s we used to wear Plaincaps, Tassles, Gibsons, Loafers, and of course DMs.
Where can I cat them now? I know DMs are still everywhere, but the others were really good shoes!
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Post by Jeff » Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:57 pm

Does anyone else remember the X-Ray machines in the Clark's Shoe Shops where you could see you're own toes wriggling about in your new shoes?

I must heve been about 5 or 6 at the time so it was probably about 1954 or 1955.

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Post by Xetal » Tue Dec 19, 2006 12:33 am

Yes, I remember them: didn't seem to catch on, but then nor did X-ray specs... :twisted: :D
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Post by pandammonium » Thu Jan 04, 2007 9:31 pm

Wow, they had real live x-ray machines in Clarks?!

And there was me thinking that the foot-measuring machines were high tech!
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Post by Xetal » Thu Jan 04, 2007 10:38 pm

They did indeed, but I don't think they helped much with actually fitting the shoes. They fascinated the kids, of course, but I'd venture to guess they disappeared when it was discovered that it's a good idea to minimise exposure to X-rays.
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Post by verytalldave » Fri Feb 02, 2007 6:01 pm

Jeff wrote:Does anyone else remember the X-Ray machines in the Clark's Shoe Shops where you could see you're own toes wriggling about in your new shoes?

I must heve been about 5 or 6 at the time so it was probably about 1954 or 1955.

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Oh yes! I most certainly do. However, I thought they were in Start-Rite not Clarks. But I might be wrong. You looked through a viewing screen at the top and the image was in green I think. Most certainly wouldnt be allowed today.

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Post by starz92 » Sat Feb 03, 2007 8:56 am

No- I don't think that you are allowed to give your customers a high level of radiation today...
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