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Photo: Frank Orrell
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Item #: 31866
The Makinson Arcade in 1967 and a lady goes about her shopping in her curlers

Comment by: Linma on 2nd February 2020 at 06:47

Curlers in getting ready for night out and new frock in bag. If only we knew.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 2nd February 2020 at 09:49

It was a common sight back then to see ladies with rollers in their hair, covered by a headscarf. I remember Lennard's shoe-shop and I can remember having a knitted bonnet like the little girl is wearing. Fantastic photo. xx

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 2nd February 2020 at 10:56

I bet when she combed her hair out she sprayed it with Bel-Air lacquer. It came in liquid form in a glass bottle and you transferred it to a plastic puffer-bottle to spray it on your hair and the smell could strip paint!

Comment by: Dave on 2nd February 2020 at 16:06

Is that Albert Tatlock to the right of the women in curlers.

Comment by: Cyril on 2nd February 2020 at 16:33

And not a plastic carrier bag in sight, though the downside is the strings of those paper carriers would cut into your fingers if you had too much shopping in them, and if it rained heavily before you got home you were lucky if they didn't disintegrate, seen many an orange rolling down Standishgate from Woolies crossing.

Comment by: Gerry on 5th February 2020 at 08:41

Metro cleaners at the top on the right used to borrow things from us at Johnson’s cleaners in 1969. The manageress was named Ronnie

Comment by: steve on 7th February 2020 at 16:21

Such carefree times seems like only yesterday. no muggings or terrorist attacks back then or mobile phones. when people talked to each other and helped each other.

Comment by: Chris Dickinson on 9th February 2020 at 13:06

Notice the Boots sign further up the arcade. If memory serves me right, that was a side entrance and the front of the Boots store was on Standishgate where the Halifax is now located. I seem to remember it closed in the late 1980s and moved to a two floor unit in the Galleries (this is now some NHS place next to the Works bookshop).

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