Drapery stores cut a fine dash in days gone by

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Do we still have drapery stores? Much of the older terminology, much which entered the English language hundreds of years ago, has fallen into disuse. At least, they are no longer commonly seen on shop fronts as often as was the case even into the 1970s. This is the interior of Calvert’s in Cambridge when the business was closing. In the late 19th to early 20th centuries there was a significant upsurge in department stores. The larger & more successful stores put paid to the once common specialist shops – haberdasher, mercer, draper, tailor/outfitter, milliner and hatter. The milliner made ladies hats – the hatter made gentlemen’s hats. At any rate, this is what a drapery looked like – selling fabrics mainly for curtains, suits, coats and suchlike.

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