I had to wait weeks for the photos of the shop and the bag and get permission to publish them on here for you to look at but it has all been well worth it to show a piece of history .... I also had to seek copyright permission but because the shop is no longer and the art work on the bag could not be traced to anyone I have decided to put them on here anyway when I talked it through with the great help of staff at South West Heritage. It is a very very old photo and very grainy but that is the shop that this dear little tape measure came from. The photo of the shop is C1900. Now the question remains was it wrapped into bag like this one or indeed was it
used in the shop by one of the assistants ... who knows! The bag is much later and is C1960.
I looked at newspaper cuttings as well and found some adverts for the shop in the forties and thought you might like to see a few of those as well ... This little tape measure sure started my blood hound gene going!!
I do a lot of genealogy so I belong to several sites so I was able to go through and look through the Taunton Gazette. I love the old adverts taken out in the papers. These are from the 1940's which was the Second World War era. The one about ladies wearing trousers tickled me... Saying be sensibly dressed, lots of woman are wearing trousers and feel the comfort in them!
This is from Find my Past with William Muggleton Chapman and his family on the 1891 census.
|William Muggleton||Chapman||Head||Married||Male||53||1838||Draper||St Pancras, Middlesex, England|
|Kate||Chapman||Daughter||Single||Female||24||1867||-||Williton, Somerset, England|
|Edgar||Chapman||Son||Single||Male||23||1868||House Furnisher Assistant||Taunton, Somerset, England|
|Howard||Chapman||Son||Single||Male||19||1872||Drapers Assistant||Taunton, Somerset, England|
|Julia Helen||Chapman||Daughter||Single||Female||15||1876||Scholar||Taunton, Somerset, England|
|Annie Elizabeth||Chapman||Daughter||Single||Female||15||1876||Scholar||Taunton, Somerset, England|
|William Henry||Chapman||Son||-||Male||11||1880||Scholar||Taunton, Somerset, England|
|Florence Mary||Hayward||Daughter||Single||Female||16||1875||General Servant Domestic||Rumwell, Somerset, England|
All of this because I found in a tiny tape measure in a vintage bag bundle that I bought at a vintage fair ....
I would like to thank The South West Heritage Trust for their work and help so that I could bring the photos to you and for their advice on Copyright, especially Esther who is the head archivist for her patience and support.
I hope you have enjoyed a little bit of Taunton history and enjoyed the photos ...
Have a wonderful day and as always Happy Stitching!