Advert For E. J. Callard & Co, Drapers
Printer: Nutting, W. H. & A.
Medium: Print on paper
Fancy drapery included hosiery, haberdashery and lace. Drapers shops prospered and many were opened in the front rooms of houses. It took 3 or 4 years of apprenticeship to become a draper, although the hours were long and the work often tedious apprenticeships were keenly sought as they offered job security and the prospect of promotion. One of the most important aspects of working in a store was dealing with the customers. Some were very demanding ordering items they then did not want when they arrived. Women often bought their husbands clothes and as many did not know the appropriate size a lot of guesswork was involved.