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YES! This is that cheap DRAPER – W.B.Taylor

Bohemia Road circa 1915. Centre of picture is draper, W.B. Taylor. Photo courtesy of Colin Green, Empress Art.

Bohemia Road circa 1915. Centre of picture is draper, W.B. Taylor. Photo courtesy of Colin Green, Empress Art.

A large projection hoarding proclaims “YES! This is that cheap DRAPER – W.B.TAYLOR.” The signs for this business, shown in the photograph below of Bohemia Road in the early part of the last century, are painted on the outside of the building at first and second floor levels, as well as the sunblinds and projecting from the walls.
   There’s even a flag. The road to the left is probably Newgate Road. Tram lines can be easily spotted in the road.
  Nearly all the shops have blinds, something that seems to have largely disappeared. It looks like a sunny day, but the women are dressed in long black garments. There are very few vehicles, and no cars of course.
 
There seems to be only one gas lamp – it must have been fairly dark and threatening at night.
“ Empress Art, 3/4, Tower Road, TN37 6JE. Colin Green. Tel. 01424 442000.

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