Story: Department stores and shopping malls

War-time queue for rationed goods

War-time queue for rationed goods

People in this crowd queuing outside Miller’s in Christchurch in 1944 have heard that the department store has a shipment of towels. New linen goods were almost impossible to buy during the war. When they were available they cost not only money but ration coupons.

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Canterbury Museum, Miller Collection
Reference: 1997.321.1

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Helen Laurenson, 'Department stores and shopping malls - Decline and survival', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 July 2022)

Story by Helen Laurenson, published 11 Mar 2010