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Advert for the Tower Furnishing & Finance Company

Advert for the Tower Furnishing & Finance Company

Printer: Unknown

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1883

Shelfmark: Evan.6855

Item number: 6855

Genre: Leaflet

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The system of hire-purchase was first used in the 19th century. Goods were selected by customers who would pay money in instalments to financial companies until the full amount had been paid off.

Social status was often determined by a display of belongings and so the quality and quantity of home furnishings was a clear indication of class. By using the system of hire-purchase the growing number of middle class professionals could afford to have beautiful items such as sofas, tables, cabinets and pianos in their homes.

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