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Grocers’ window displays: the eclipse of a British tradition
Independent Researcher, Edinburgh, UK.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Food and Nutrition.
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Consumer Studies, ISSN 1470-6423, E-ISSN 1470-6431, Vol. 37, no 5, 467-472 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

By reference to period retailing narratives, this paper examines the changed significance of shop window displays for British grocers with the transition from counter-based to self-service from the late 1940s to the 1960s. The ‘well-dressed’ window showing a selection of goods and price offers became an early casualty of changed retail practices. Opportunities presented by self-service for comprehensive stock displays and in-store promotion proved a decisive challenge to the art of the grocer's window display. These displays had been ubiquitous; large and small shops alike tried to impress passers-by with examples of their stock range. Self-service shops had different internal space requirements and soon it was more important that potential customers could see the well-stocked aisles and activity within.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2013. Vol. 37, no 5, 467-472 p.
Keyword [en]
Grocer's shops, shop window, display, self-service
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History and Archaeology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-71060DOI: 10.1111/ijcs.12020OAI: diva2:621963
Available from: 2013-05-18 Created: 2013-05-18 Last updated: 2013-09-17Bibliographically approved

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