A Piece of Britain - award winning heritage by Hazle Ceramics
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Wonder of Woolworths

By the 1930s Woolies was the UK place to go for cards, wrappings, decorations, sweets, gifts or toys - all for 6d or less. The 1940s War Office helped FWW get stock so troops had Christmas presents from home. UK cards were always own brand and by the 1960s assorted packs sold in millions. The “That’s the Wonder of Woolworths” slogan began in the 70s.

 1930s tree lights were one of many US firsts. Not sold initially in the UK as fewer had electrics and they cost over sixpence!

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Hazle Ceramics
Wonder of Woolworths
Limited Painting of 30
on London Croydon
With added 22 carat gold
& Santa Chimney Add-on

 Glass Owl, Santa and Acorn: German hand blown and painted. Frank thought the Americans wouldn’t buy, but couldn’t get enough! By 1890 tree ornaments sold in great numbers with little competition.

20th Anniversary 2010
Painted by Michele Bland

£75.50 Worldwide
With Free Postage

 1930s multipacks had one-stop giftwrap.

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How Frank Changed Christmas!
In 1879 toys were for rich kids whilst others got socks or fruit for Christmas. As a child, founder Frank W was laughed at after asking for a 5 cent (1p) toy. He wanted to change things. A simple range for his first US Christmas of marbles, tin doll-dustpans and novelty soaps was the start of something huge. He taught toymakers to mass produce and usually packaged in his own warehouses. Frank’s big trading secret was to track goods to source and buy direct - often in Europe. Stock was always ordered in low season for the suppliers’ best price. That is how Woolworths could charge so much less.

 As postcards until 1928, Frank wanted old style spelling on the earliest English cards!

 A few UK toys 1920-50. Chad Valley made many under exclusive licence, such as puppet Sooty from the 1950s, a TV star to this day!

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