James Smith & Sons

James Smith & Sons

53, New Oxford Street

London WC1

According to Jones and Woodward, this establishment has "an intact nineteenth-century shop front, retaining its highly graphic Victorian typography" (239). Compare this to the (restored) painted signage on another London shop.

[I remember buying an umbrella here in 1964. James Smith & Sons used to be one of the few places that would or could repair umbrellas, but I see that they now work only on ones they've sold.]

  • Three-quarter view of shop
  • Above-window signage
  • Hanging sign
  • Photograph and text George P. Landow

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