“The Famous”, a high class menswear shop in Cheltenham, opened in 1886 selling trousers for 13 shillings (65p) a suit for 30 shillings (£1.50) and overcoats for 5 shillings(25p).
Lamson vacuum system
Cash flow: The tube system for the business was installed in 1930 and is thought to be one of the oldest of its type in the country; the capsules are filled with cash by the shop assistants on the shop floor and sent along tubes using vacuum technology to the Cashier’s Office.
This particular Lamson Vacuum System will be going to a museum.
When The Famous opened its doors Queen Victoria was on the throne. It was the year of the first ever Crufts dog show, and the year that Arsenal Football Club was established. Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was first published in 1886.
A jacket for you sir?
Sadly, despite its old world charm, courteous assistants, wonderful ambience, wooden shelves, drawers and Lamson Vacuum System – everything must go before the shop finally closes its doors after 126 years of trading – a sign of the times?
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