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Record Retailer's Bags

Depicted are for 12" LPs unless o/w specified.

Although some are generic to the chain, all depicted have
 been unearthed within the vicinity of Exeter (no cheating here!).

THE EXETER CYCLE WORKS.,
116 SIDWELL STREET, EXETER.
Paper bag for 10" records.
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From THE GRAMOPHONE DEPARTMENT, 
The Exeter Cycle Works,
GRAMOPHONE EXPERTS
 REPAIRS A SPECIALITY
 116 SIDWELL STREET, EXETER. 
LARGEST STOCK IN THE WEST.
BABY CAR and TOY DEPARTMENT :
174, SIDWELL STREET (8 Showrooms)


Their previous occupancies denoted on the previous page (re. record covers).

As from 1929 flogging their records here at no 116, and stayed put until the building was demolished in 1943, courtesy of Mr. A. Hitler !

With reference to 174, this was another venture set up by Percy Hawkins in 1926, selling perambulators, toys, etc. This business continued for many years, eventually being renowned as EXETER'S PRAM & TOY SHOP.

  
     Thank you to Philip's grandson Peter Hawkins for his assistance.
           nb. The bag depicted is his pride and joy, and is not for sale!


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GODREY & CO. LTD.,
 8 SIDWELL STREET, EXETER.
Paper bag for 10" records.

Pianoforte Manufacturers

HIS MASTER'S VOICE GRAMOPHONES.
SOLE AGENTS CHAPPELL PIANOS.
COLUMBIA GRAFONOLAS.
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CO-OPERATIVE RECORD DEPARTMENT.
Large paper bag.


Situated at the top of the High Street, the store was part of Eastgate House, on the corner that leads into Princesshay.  

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                           WALTONS
 were 100 yards along from Moons.
 An Independent department store, with the one-upmanship on Woolworth's for stocking groceries. 


Taken from a large paper bag, here is an early Walton's logo!

                         WALTONS.
 On the lead up to Xmas there would be massive queues at the side entrance. This lead up the narrow spiralling stairs, having moving displays of elves, etc, ending on the top floor, enticing children to Santa's grotto.








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        COLSONS OF EXETER High Street.
Established in the 1800's, one of Exeter's (oldest?) existing stores!  It's name was changed to Dingles in the early 1970's. Now after a revamp of sorts, is called House Of Fraser (part of Harrods's subsidiary). This large paper bag, the most recent discovery (Jan 09), had a 1930's 12" 78rpm disc inside, so assuming that is the date of this design. Also with this find, came another record in a bag from Keith Prowse, Hyde Park, London.


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               COLSONS OF EXETER High Street.
This example is just shy in size to house a 7" disc, so technically not a record bag. However, housed within, and judging by the crease marks am assuming of the time, a FONOSCOPE 'GREETINGS IN MUSIC' playable card 1958. The tune is 'Magic Moments', one of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's early collaborations.

The card was for a 'Dave and Jeannie' on their fifth anniversary from Dad + Mum.

'Coincidently, and psychologically why I have included this gem, the 1958 RCA single 'Magic Moments' b/w 'Catch A Falling Star', as  performed by Perry Como, was as I remember the first 7" record in our house when mother purchased a basic Dansette record player.
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                 BOBBYS,
 on the corner of Sidwell Street and New North Road, was opened in 1964.. whereupon.. after 'Saturday Morning Pictures' at the ABC Cinema opposite, we rushed over to Bobbys in our duffle coats and ran up the 5 flights of down escalators, and down the up ones. However, after three Saturdays of great fun, the store employed persons to halt us juvenile delinquents causing mayhem !

This is the first bag - old style!






 

              BOBBY'S
- design now in-keeping for a record department !



















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          DEBENHAMS
BOBBYS was actually a subsidiary of Debenhams. The name-change of the store was in the latter 70's.

Their record department in the basement was not exactly a known place for purchasing the latest pop sounds, and became a bargain basement type outlet, similar to Tesco's DELAWARE department. Yes, Vertigo label LPs for less than a pound.. and John Allegro still harps on about seeing Fantasy's 'Paint A Picture' album there for ever-and-a-day for a similar price.. oh well...

This building is still in existence as a department store, now belonging to the chain of
John Lewis.
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Is only a Paper Moon,
but for some...

MOONS, High Street. Had listening booths in the  way of wooden hoods on the right side wall. Shown is a strong brown paper carrier bag customed for 10" 78rpm records. A great find !

This heavy duty paper bag states:
 
'THE HOME ENTERTAINERS' ~ PLYMOUTH BARNSTABLE EXETER TRURO

 

MOONS, 192 High Street, Exeter. 
Flimsy paper bag with string handle. The address is a printed label, overstuck onto the Exmouth branch address... see --->



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MOONS, THE CENTRE OF MUSIC. Chapel Street, EXMOUTH. 






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MOONS 'THE HOUSE OF MOONS'
PIANOS FURNITURE RADIO AND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

 

                MOONS
f
or GRAMOPHONES and RECORDS...
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MOONS, 192 High Street, Exeter.

THE CENTRE OF MUSIC. INCORPORATING JOHN C. GUEST.

The GUILDHALL PIANO 
& MUSIC WAREHOUSE

Medium strength brown paper bag with a string handle, to hold 12" or 10" records.

 

                  MOONS
 
PLYMOUTH = EXETER = TRURO.  Carriers now replaced with the standard paper bag.

 

               MOONS
 
PLYMOUTH = EXETER = TRURO 
Bag as previous, but this one for 10" records and.....

.... this has an attractive sticker adhered stating
'BUY YOUR RECORDS the MODERN WAY at no extra cost! ' ~ 7 INCH 45 R P M  + the Capitol records logo.
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At this point in time, what the 'at no extra cost' signifies is a mystery?



       RECORD CENTRE
   7 Queen Street. Exeter
 Don't recall this one at all? This address is now part of the Guildhall Shopping Complex's frontage.
 

                MOONS
 
PLYMOUTH = EXETER = TRURO 
A paper bag for 7" records from the late 50's / early 60s'.. 




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                MOONS
 
PLYMOUTH * EXETER * TRURO 
Nice find = 7" x whatever! Pity it's been cut down. This is from 1966.. ...click here to see how Sherlock Rice deduced this!



These Boots bags are made for talking... shop

                     BOOTS
 started off as a Chemist and a  Book Lending Library. Depicted here is a thick paper bag with an attractive design.

                     BOOTS
           'FOR VALUE FROM
 THIRTEEN  HUNDRED BRANCHES'

Wow! Who would have thought there were that many! This bag's design depicts eight stores. High Street in Slough, George Street in Richmond, Harben Parade in London NW3, Merchant Street in Bristol, Oxford Street in Swansea, Deansgate at Bolton, New George Street in Plymouth, and Thoroughfare in Woodbridge.

     
This 8" bag is circa 1970.
   

                   BOOTS
A generic store bag that originally held an LP record.
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                BOOTS
            
FOR VALUE ..
     but now  not classic
Here is the 'singles' variant. Early 1970's, as this had in it (from new) a Jimmy Osmond disc. As I am sure you are well  aware of, there is a moral standard to uphold on this site. Consequently, and not reluctantly, the record was rejected..  or is it ejected?





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        RUMBELOWS
           
7" Bag.
"You get a Better Deal from RUMBELOWS For Audio, Television, Records and all the things Electrical"
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           RUMBELOWS
had many stores around the country. The one in Exeter was in the High Street, previously the MOONS' premises.

For my sins, in 1973 I purchased 'Midnight To Georgia' by Gladys Knight there, and then walked up to Curry's to get them to play it, on the pretence I was interested in purchasing a record player :)




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                         BOOTS.
Here is a large polythene carrier bag from the 1970s. This is a great design from a mainstream music store


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.                BOOTS
.And here is the t'other side!.
Marc Bolan?.. Click onto the images for a closer view.

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                TOP RANK.
   Home & Leisure Service.
 'Pick the best of everything for you to rent or buy'. Bag's print code-date is March 1967. Not familiar with this as a retail design... which shop?  This bag was found in Exeter.

                      W H SMITH

Standard bag from their Exeter branch. Has the 7" record within that was purchased at the time ~ Donny Osmond 'When I Fall In Love' MGM 1973. sorry..:)

Smith's store was in the High Street, opposite Bedford Street. The record department was in the basement. Yours truly purchased the Beatles 'Let It Be' box set there on it's release. I remember there being quite a few on display on the end of a row. 1 extra over the normal retail price for the cost of the book and packaging... nowadays 400+ extra...   beware of repro inner trays!

 

              W H SMITH.
Their final carrier bag design for the sale of  records.













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Don't panic, we are still in England !.

   
                 LEFT BANK

   17 Paris Street. Exeter, England :)
One could find weird looking albums such as Mother's Of Invention in the rack. This was the place  to order imports, Tamla Motown back-
 catalogue, etc. Classical upstairs.









 

               LEFT BANK
    
17 Paris Street. Exeter
Here is one of the bio-degradable high-density whatsitsname that when buried in the ground  will outlive any dinosaur remains!

This was their 'modernised' version from the early 1980s. Has the Sidwell Street address stated. Some will say 'the pitts', and that is a coincidence because..


 

                    PITTS
       
High Street, Exeter
       
      7" variety bag
A type of department store, with the lower ground (or basement) retailing records.

When the Left Bank shop closed, they purchased the business name, and took on the staff who wanted to take the plunge (bad pun - think about it).

 
More on this and The Left Bank here.



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Miscellaneous


Artifacts with the shop's name included.

EVERY RECORD A GEM BY WORLD FAMOUS ARTISTS.
 PURE, SWEET, LOUD TONES.
 CURRYS
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'In The Valley Where The Bluebirds Sing' b/w 'Beautiful Bird Sing On' 
both sung by Baritone singer Mr. Edgar Payne. This issue dates
 circa 1918 ~ 1922, and is their (Currys) third label design. 

They also had their own record label 'Curry' for paste-over for issues
of  Piccadilly, a subsidiary label of Metropole Records. Whether
they had some sort of agreement, or this practice was after the
Metropole/ Piccadilly ceased production circa 1932 is unknown.
Here is example of a Piccadilly issue from around 1930.
      

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HIS MASTER'S VOICE 18-page Booklet for December 1937. Back cover ink-stamped 
 MOON & SONS (PIANOS) LTD.  
192 HIGH ST, EXETER.
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"His Master's Voice exclusive recordings of WALT DISNEY'S Pinocchio". Illustrated open-out Brochure for April 1940. 
Front cover stamped 
The HOUSE of MOONS
HIGH STREET EXETER.

 

Covers, etc pertaining to 
THE MUSIC SHOP' City Arcade, Exeter
 are featured here

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Exeter Nostalgia Contents:

1a Bags 1b Moons in Plymouth 2 Concert Memorabilia      3 Ken Spray's 'The Music Shop'
4 The Left Bank     5 Civic Hall's live recording 6 About the author 7 Star Scene package at the ABC 1965
8 Paramounts (pre Procol Harum)     9 Correspondence

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