STEWART & McDONALD LTD. (Retail).
OUR AUTUMN SALE CONTINUES, AND
AFFORDS AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY
FOR LADIES TO ECONOMISE BY PUR-
CHASING GOODS OF THE FINEST
QUALITY AT VERY LOW PRICES.
WE HURRIED FORWARD DELIVERY OF
ALL GOODS PURCHASED FOR THE
AUTUMN SEASON, AND SO ESCAPED
ADVANCED PRICES; IN FACT, WE WERE
NEVER SO WELL PREPARED WITH
BEAUTIFUL GOODS IN ALL DEPART-
WE HAVE ARRANGED FOR THE
PRESENT TO RETAIN THE SERVICES OF
THE WHOLE OF OUR PERMANENT STAFF;
MEANWHILE OUR BUYERS AND ASSIST-
ANTS HAVE FORMED THEMSELVES INTO
A LARGE WORK PARTY, AND IN THEIR
LEISURE TIME WILL WORK IN THE
INTERESTS OF DISTRESSED CHILDREN.
21 BUCHANAN STREET.
PORTABLE CAMP REQUISITES AND
SHAW, WALKER & CO.,
14-22 UNION STREET, GLASGOW.
TRAVELLING SPIRIT STOVES, complete with
Pan 1s each. Combination Knife and Fork, 9d each.
Collapsible Drinking Cups, 6d and 1s. Vacuum Flasks
(will keep liquids boiling hot for 24 hours), 1s 11d
each. Tin Openers, 4½d each. Hollow Ground Razors,
1s. each. Razor Strops, 9d. Safety Razors from 1s.
to 21s. Electric Pocket Lamps from 8d to 1s 9d
each. Candle Lanterns, 1s. Field Glasses from 7s 6d
to 27s 6d. Strong Ironclad Watches, 3s 9d each.
FOLDING WASHSTANDS, 7s. Sponge Baths, 8s.
Enamelled Pocket Flasks, 9d. Enamelled Water Jugs,
1s 9d. Nail Brushes, 4d. Cloth Brushes, 1s. Shoe
Brushes, 6d. Polishing Cloths, 3½d each. Aluminium
Soap Boxes, 6d each.
TERRITORIAL FOLDING CAMP BEDS, size when
folded 39in. by 6in. by 4in., weight 19lb., 15s each.
Tuckaway Camp Beds, 10s 6d each. Camp Chairs,
2s 11d. Camp Stools, 1s 6d each. Kit Mirrors, 6d
each. Air Cushions, 15in. diameter, 1s 9d each.
RED CROSS SOCIETIES
AND OTHER AGENCIES
FORMED FOR THE AMELIORATION OF THE
HARDSHIPS OF OUR TROOPS IN THE FIELD
ARE EARNESTLY INVITED BY
MESSRS COPLAND & LYE
TO INSPECT THEIR HUGE STOCKS OF WHITE
SHETLAND AND ARMY GREY FLANNELS,
CEYLON SHIRTINGS, FLANNELETTES, BLANKETS,
ETC., ETC, ALL OF WHICH ARE BEING
OFFERED AT GREATLY REDUCED PRICES.
IN THE MOST USEFUL GARMENTS FOR OUR
SOLDIERS AND SAILORS ON ACTIVE SERVICE.
HARD WEARING ARMY WHEELING SOCKS, in
Dark Steel, Shetland Grey, and Lovat shades, at 11s.,
12s., 12s 9d., and 15s 6d per dozen.
ODD LOTS OF FLANNEL SHIRTS, 3s 11d each.
SPECIAL VALUE FLANNEL SHIRTS, 5s 11d each,
3 for 17s.
ALL-WOOL FLANNEL SHIRTS, 6s 11d each, 3
BALACLAVA ALL-WOOL CAPS, 12s and 16s 6d
FOR THE HOSPITAL.
FLANNELETTE NIGHTSHIRTS. 1s 11½d each;
worth 2s 6d.
CEYLON FLANNEL NIGHTSHIRTS, 3s 11d each;
worth 5s 6d.
CEYLON FLANNEL PYJAMAS, 5s 11d per suit;
worth 7s 6d.
ALL-WOOL FLANNEL PYJAMAS – 20 Dozen to
clear, 10s 6d per suit; were 13s 6d and 15s 6d per
COPLAND & LYE
SAUCHIEHALL STREET, WELLINGTON STREET, AND BATH STREET, GLASGOW.
[Like many other newspapers at the time, the front page of the Glasgow Herald was all advertisements and personal announcements, in narrow columns. No matter how momentous the news of the day was, there was no sign of it on the front page.
There were articles in the press about this time saying that because of the war, consumers were avoiding buying anything not immediately essential, and that this was leading to unemployment. The McDonalds ad suggests that this employer was choosing to keep staff employed when perhaps there was not enough trade to need them all.
The list of items in the Shaw & Walker ad 'For Territorials' seems better suited to a camping holiday, although the Territorials at this point were mostly in training camps around the country.
The ad from Copland & Lye makes clear that socks and flannel shirts were easily available to buy. It's not clear why ordinary soldiers would have needed to buy shirts - the War Office would have provided them. (Extra socks were always welcome, though.) But officers provided their own uniforms, so perhaps the ad is mainly aimed at them. The ad also shows that volunteers making flannel shirts at home were in competition with an existing industry which was set up for mass production and could produce them much more efficiently.
For a note on the prices, and the currency in use in 1914, see the next post. ]