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Source: Swan & Edgar’s Fashionable Furs #A Postcard | Zazzle

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Swan & Edgar’s Fashionable Furs was one of the first greeting cards I made at Zazzle. I scanned this advertisement from one of my early 20th century editions of the English theatre periodical, Play Pictorial.

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Even if you have never heard of Swan & Edgar’s, this grand department store was housed in one of the most recognisable and iconic buildings of Piccadilly Circus, between Piccadilly and Regent Street. It was the establishment in which to be seen for it sold the most sumptuous clothes for the well-heeled. The store had its beginnings in a haberdashery stall in St James Market run by William Edgar early in the 19th century. After meeting George Swan, the two men combined resources:

They first opened a shop together in Ludgate Hill which Mr Swan had been operating, but moved to 20 Piccadilly in 1812. They then moved to 49 Regent Street when their former site was demolished to make way for Piccadilly Circus, which had been the home to the Western Mail coach offices and the Bull & Mouth public house. George Swan died in 1821, however Mr Edgar continued to use the name. By 1848 the premises had expanded to 45-51 and the entire corner of Piccadilly Circus… [Wikipedia]

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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


The Passionate Shepherdess. Aphra Behn 1640-89 by Maureen Duffy

‘All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn, for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds.’ Virginia Woolf – A Room of One’s Own (Penguin Modern Classics)

The First English Actresses: Women and Drama, 1660-1700

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


To say I was overwhelmed by this post written in June by one of my oldest friends, Pippa Rathborne — her mother and my father were at Central School of Speech & Drama together — in which she compares me with Germaine de Staël, would be an understatement.  She was prompted to write it when I included her in my list for the The Very Inspiring & One Lovely Blog Awards.

Reblogged from Pippa Rathborne’s CONTRAblog

 Germaine de Staël in her turban

Germaine de Staël in her turban

While I was sitting in the dappled sunshine of the dying planet, reading my friend Sarah’s blog, two women coming from different directions met in my mind. They did not look or behave alike, but I saw, suddenly, their kinship, a connection made without a social networking site, yet similar.

Madame de Staël was loud, unrestrained, emotionally voracious; her moods drove away her unfaithful lover, misnamed Constant; my friend Sarah is always self-controlled and elegant in everything she does. Though they both love hats, I’ve not yet seen Sarah in a bright silk turban like Madame de Staël’s…

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I should say that this is not how I see myself.  I see myself as having very Staël-like characteristics such as being ‘loud’, ‘unrestrained’ and ’emotionally voracious’!

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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