Thursday, 24 September 2015

Pottons, Cliftonville (gone but not forgotten)

A sad moment as one of Cliftonville's older shops closes for good. Until recently, Pottons on Northdown Road retained its entire original 1930's frontage and interior fittings. The interior fittings included a very impressive run of haberdashery tailors drawers that were salvaged by a top London interiors specialist earlier in the year whist the exterior signage in now disappearing having been sold off by the current owner. I'm rather sad to see this once great road lose such an elaborate and complete virolite, bronze and neon shopfront as it is split up into parts to the highest bidder, but I am happy to see that Northdown Road is becoming a busy area again with very few empty or available shops, hopefully the new user of the property will retain the basic shop front structure.
I have a growing collection of Cliftonville and Margate artefacts but sadly very few pieces from Pottons as I've been priced out of the market, I do however have a small collection of Pottons paper bags. These date from the 70s/80s, I would be very interested in obtaining any older ephemera if there is anything out there?
above: one logo, five bags
above: the fancy bag, thick white paper with string tie handle

 a selection of nice crisp printed brown paper bags

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