A couple of fascinating small collections of items from these two famous UK department stores have just been listed for sale in Reynard Collectables ebay store. Both have items dating back to the early 1900s with the John Lewis lot also having some 1906 advertising flyers for Jones Bros of Holloway, which was a store taken over by John Lewis shortly after.
The John Lewis collection also has some interesting “partners” books (all JL employees have a part share in the company and receive a variety of benefits) from the 1950s which give some detail of the history of the partnership schemes formation in the 1920s and some nice pictures of delivery vehicles, various stores in the chain such as Bainbridges of Newcastle etc. I also hadnt realised that Selfridges had sold some of its stores to John Lewis in the 1940s, concentrating very much now on high end stores.
A wide variety of items and graphics with a vintage packet if seeds and horticultural catalogue from Selfridges, postcards of their roof garden, a pattern for a Mazurka doll, a lovely booklet with colour pictures of the designs for the storefront displays for the Royal Coronation of 1937. Even an 1930s invitation to a presentation of one million pounds worth of diamonds!