Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Stuck for a Christmas present?

An early view of G.L. Wilson
If you can't think what to buy a loved one for Christmas you might like to take inspiration from the archives of G.L. Wilson department store. The store, popularly know as 'The Corner' because of its position on the corner of Murraygate and Commercial Street, Dundee, was founded in 1894 and rapidly became a Dundee institution. 

The 1959 Santa Club
The store was well know for its imaginative Christmas displays and shows, and its annual procession with Santa Claus drew large crowds onto the streets of Dundee. 

As well as business records the archives contain many catalogues advertising the store's products and sales.

Crowds view  the Santa procession 1950s

 The Christmas catalogues contain a wealth of ideas for exciting gifts for Christmas. Click on the link below for 'Smart Christmas Aprons' for the special lady in your life; 'Useful Gifts for Men and Boys' ('Every Many needs Ties'); 'Intimate Gifts for Girl Friends'; some familiar 'Xmas Books'; and, for a peaceful Christmas, 'Let Your Children Fight their Country's Battles over again'. 
Click here for your Christmas gift guide.

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