|Special opening offers in 1923!|
The photograph supplied to us by the late Mr. McMahon's daughter Mrs. Jennifer Lindsay, features, (left to right), Miss May Hull, Mr. Fred McMahon and Mrs. Isaac Collins. Unfortunately the name of the other gentlemen is not known
Ladies! Imagine purchasing silk stockings for a mere 15 pence, a pair of stockings In heavy black cashmere for the same price, 1/3.
These were just a couple of the special offers when F. and W. McMahon opened their new shop at 30, Bow Street on August 2, 1923.
For more than 50 years, McMahon's maintained a popularity with the people of Lisburn, who could always rely on quality goods.
The shop was opened by the late Mr. Fred McMahon who managed it along with his wife, Maisie, until his death In 1974.
Today the company is known as Morgan and McMahon's in Bow Street but the old premises of F. and W. McMahon have since been taken over by Trueform.
Children's overalls were also among the introductory offers in 1923 for only 9d each as well as `boys' good heavy tweed knickers, all sizes, 2/11 each and 'boys' jerseys, all-wood, polo collars, all sizes, 2/11 each.
When a half guinea, bought a costume to measure -------- by parcel post !
A tit-bit from a famous magazine dated 1896
Someone in Lisburn must have been an avid reader of Tit Bits magazine, for while inspecting the ruins of an old house, a Lisburn man discovered a copy dated April 18, 1896.
In spite of being more than 90-years-old, the magazine is almost totally intact and contains a wonderful picture of life this time last century.
Ladies fashions were elegant and ankle length. It was the era of the slim waistline, puffed sleeves, parasol and flowered hat. 'Half guinea costumes, to measure, by parcel post' were popular,
Most of the advertisements focussed on vanity.
One guarantees to cure blushing, another is 'a radical permanent cure, medically approved for red noses' and another promises to make pimples vanish like magic - 'Dr. Peter's Pimple Pills'.
And it was not just the ladies who were considered vain. A rather Victorian-looking gentleman with a moustache, extending to four times the width of his face, above the words 'I used It', is an ad for 'Hsauline' - the lotion which enables 'every young man to speedily cultivate a heavy, handsome moustache.
The rest of the magazine and indeed the bulk of it, comprises the editorial. Although very different from today's production there are 58 pages.
Most of the editorial content comprises, a number of serialised stories. Readers have also made a substantial contribution with letters, amusing stories, facts and views.
If anyone else has an old magazine or paper which they think may be of particular interest, then we would be glad to hear from you. Telephone Lisburn 79111 or call at our office, 12a Bow Street, Lisburn.