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A HISTORY SHOP FITTINGS AND DISPLAY
Some Comparisons of old-style shop-fronts with those of the present day
The acceptance by the authorities of the Victoria and Albert Museum of the famous old shop-front of Birch's Restaurant in Cornhill-the oldest shop in the City of London-makes one realize the marked changes which have taken place, in the outside appearances of retail premises, since the days when the façade of this once popular restaurant was considered to be a smart and attractive feature of the building to which it belonged.
Birch's is famous now by reason of its antiquity-the business was founded in 1690. The present shop-front was designed by the Adams brothers, and its style is truly representative of that period of applied ornamentation. It is one of the last links with the old-world city which, now that even the Bank of England is being reconstructed on modern lines, is rapidly losing all outward trace of its historical character. Some comfort, however, may be derived from the fact that an effort has been made to preserve the old-style settings of both the front and the interior, in the new premises at 39A Old Broad Street, to which the business has been transferred.
A Revolution in Shop-Front Construction.
No ordinary shop would be a success to-day with such an unattractive exterior, and it is almost impossible to recognize any similar characteristics between this relic of forgotten days and the present-day shop-front. A revolution has taken place in shop-front construction; but it is practically impossible to trace the course of progress, for, although many ancient houses exist in different parts of the country-houses with thatched roofs and bricked-up window spaces-the demands of commerce have precluded any such retention of dark and gloomy shop exteriors, and, apart from the few such as Birch's, which have been preserved for the sake of their antiquity, there are now hardly any shops extant which are sufficiently old-fashioned to indicate the advances which have taken place.
A glance at Birch's windows is enough to transport one's thoughts back to the days of crinolines; yet, no, surely that entrance was never constructed for crinolines! The rotund city merchants themselves must at times have experienced difficulty in crossing such a narrow threshold. In those days, the value of the shop window as a medium of display was not appreciated,