Story: Shops

All dressed up

All dressed up

Going to town to visit the shops was a major social experience for many people, especially women stuck in the suburbs. In cities they would dress in their finest clothes and catch the tram into town. These shoppers are in Colombo Street, Christchurch, around 1916.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, F. G. Radcliffe Collection (PAColl-4950)
Reference: 1/2-006524; G
Photograph by Frederick George Radcliffe

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Carl Walrond, 'Shops - Shopkeepers and shoppers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Sep 2016