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Those old corner shop days

By john workman  |  Posted: June 10, 2010

Hickman's of Oldbury.

Hickman's of Oldbury.

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MANY of our Black Country townships have changed beyond recognition since this photograph was taken, around nine decades ago.

Old, much loved corner shops have disappeared from our neighbourhoods, replaced by everything-under-one-roof supermarkets, out of town shopping centres and the multinational combines.

But here at the Bugle we make frequent, nostalgic trips back to the days of old, thanks to the contributions of our readers, and we think that this smashing image of an emporium of old is well worthy of sharing with you this week.

It has been sent to us by Jan Perryman, who, though now living on the Isle of Wight, originates from Oldbury, as many regular readers will already be aware from her previous contributions to our columns.

The photograph shows an unidentified shop assistant proudly posing at the entrance to Hickman’s Corn, Seed and Forage Merchants, of Oldbury.

The busy shop window display must have caught the eye of passers-by back in the 1920s or thereabouts, and drew in customers for the many bird, animal and gardening related items for sale.

Here are just a few of the products on display, most of which we would not see today....

Kilogrub (‘it does what it says on the tin’!), Uveco Poultry Food, Spratt’s Patent Puppy Biscuits, Capern’s Mixtures — for Finches, Parrots and Linnets, and so on.

According to Kelly’s Directory, Hickman’s was situated at 5, Halesowen Street.

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