Thursday, January 04, 2007

Robin by an old shoe shop sign

Here's a picture of Robin taken by an old shop sign in Hitchin, the town where we live. It's a lovely old sign, built into the wall as a mosaic, above the door of the shop.

Freeman, Hardy and Willis was a UK shoe shop chain set up in 1875 and named after three employees of the company. Their catchphrase was "Shoes For All The Family". I'm guessing this sign would date from the first few decades of the 1900s. In the early 1990s, there were 540 of them in the UK, but the chain collapsed in 1996 and is no more.

Still, at least this gorgeous sign remains and still looks in great condition.


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful sign! One of the reasons I dream of visiting Europe is to see all that is "old"! I hope Robin's New Year is off to a flying good start!

KJ in the USA

Anonymous said...

I can remember buying shoes in FHW, for 49/11. That is 49 shillings, 11 pence, or 2 pounds, 9 and 11. So, today, about £2.50, but that is not allowing for inflation. FHW was the affordable place to go for fashion shoes,though they were never wide enough for me. Slightly cheaper than Dolcis which is still on the go. Old lady Sarah!!! Derby

Anonymous said...

great pic..beautiful sign..glad they have preserved it