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Christmas 1909

Glasgow City Archives, Deposited Collections

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Christmas 1909

The front cover of Copland & Lye's Christmas gifts catalogue for 1909, suggesting an era of Edwardian elegance for those who shared in Glasgow's prosperity as the "Second City of the Empire." Military-style uniforms such as the one worn by the chauffeur would become commonplace after the outbreak of the First World War five years later.

"Furs as gifts are acceptable to ladies" was the message on one page of the catalogue. Fox, sable, beaver and squirrel were among the species whose coats went to provide stoles and coats "for evening and street wear" and also "an immense variety of fur lined coats for driving and motoring."

Reference: Glasgow City Archives, TD128/95

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

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