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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Shopping as art

Shot with Olympus E500
Unless you are very inquisitive, you won't find these two ladies adoring the commercial imperative. They are part of what little is left from the glory that once was Whiteley's in Queensway. A classic rags to riches story that is so much part of the possibility that is London - read about it here. These days, it's just another shopping mall. Here's a few of their "Interesting Facts",
  • Whiteleys was originally the first and biggest department store in the country. It pioneered mail-order and included a theatre and a golf-course on the roof.

  • Eliza Dolittle is sent "to Whiteleys to be attired" in Pygmalion (My Fair Lady).

  • Adolf Hitler ordered the Luftwaffe not to bomb Whiteleys as he wanted it as his headquarters once he'd invaded Britain.

  • William Whiteley was alleged to have burned the original building down to claim the insurance money. He was later assassinated in his office by a man claiming to be his illegitimate son demanding his inheritance.


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posted by Ham at 00:08 -- Comments here: 6

Comments on "Shopping as art"

 

Blogger Helen said ... (10:40) : 

That story of Hitler not wanting certain places bombed because he wanted them as his headquarters is told about numerous buildings and even whole cities like Oxford. But I have never heard it about Whiteley's. Terrific.

 

Blogger Chaz said ... (08:21) : 

This one was new on me as well. I was always told that Hitler had his eye on the University of London's Senate House on Malet Street. My memories of Whiteleys are of an uncomfortable TV studio on the top floor, for what I hope will be my one and only foray into daytime television...

 

Blogger Gail's Man said ... (23:41) : 

Barkers & Derry and Toms, with its roof garden are also great stores of the past.

 

OpenID Online Shopping said ... (21:26) : 

Nice article. it really interesting. thanks.

 

Blogger Sell My Rolex said ... (07:48) : 

This one was new on me as well. I was always told that Hitler had his eye on the University of London's Senate House on Malet Street.
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Blogger petersmith said ... (07:40) : 

With its roof garden are also great stores of the past.
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