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F W Woolworth 1935

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Frank Winfield Woolworth started this US chain in 1879. In 1909 the first UK store opened in Liverpool. Its shop front is partly used on the model, with upper floors from Croydon. This LP80 marks the 1935 Silver Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary. Shops were decorated and sold Woolworth’s own Jubilee lines.

 Until closure in 2009 Croydon in London was the world’s oldest store. FWW chose the location and opened this shop in 1912.

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Hazle Ceramics
F W Woolworth 1935
No 80 of Limited Painting of 80
King George V and Queen Mary
Silver Jubilee wares in windows
on London Croydon
With added 22ct gold

 Frank’s cousin Fred Moore Woolworth ran Liverpool’s Church Street, 1909-23.

20th Anniversary 2010
Painted by Michele Bland

 Iconic Pic ’n’ Mix and paperback books.

The Wonder of Woolworths
The wonder was massive variety at great value: sweets, homewares, toys, books, music, food and kids’ clothes including Ladybird from 1934. By the mid-20s a store opened every 17 days. Due to war inflation, Nix over Six prices ended in the 1940s. In the 50s-60s Woolworths’ Embassy label used unknown artists for hit records. By the 70s entertainment and music were staples. In the 80s-90s new owners pruned lines. But the 2008 credit crisis came amid falling sales due to music downloads, discount chains and big supermarkets. All shops were closed by early 2009. The Telegraph’s Barclay brothers owned a new website in 2010.

£55.50 Worldwide
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 1930s tools, with wooden handles and real iron finials, sold in vast quantities for 6d and made little profit!

 Mass-produced china at Church Street far cheaper than anywhere else in Britain.

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