Click here to skip to content

Advert for W Healing, draper

Advert for W Healing, draper

Polisher: Straker, W

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Evan.6593

Item number: 6593

Genre: Leaflet

In almost all clothing stores in the 19th century, staff were expected to live onsite, in accommodation provided by the employer above or next-door to the shop. If the employer was a generous one these lodging were very comfortable, with shop assistants only lodged two-to-a-room. There would have been a communal dining room where they could all eat dinner together, and if they were particularly lucky another room, containing a piano, in which they could relax.

Shops generally opened until 10 o’clock until late in the 19th century, and living above the store meant that female assistants did not have to worry about travelling home in the dark. It was good for the employer too - there was no excuse for an assistant to be late for work.

Search within this collection

Elsewhere on our websites

Newsletter

Latest events - register free online

Mobile app

For iPhone, iPad and Android

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Email link to a friend

Write a brief note to accompany the email

Your friend's email address: