Records and Fancy Goods

Sutcliffe’s Records, Hastings.

Two more scraps of record shop ephemera to clear off my desktop! This first bag from Sutcliffes has a great logo, but I couldn’t match it to anywhere in Hastings. Until I realised this was not Hastings on the South Coast of England, but Hastings in New Zealand. On the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island to be exact. As there is no address I can’t pin it down any more precisely, but I’d guess it dates from the Sixties. It’s had a long journey too, as this is another paper shop bag rescued and sent on to me by Adam at Centurion Records in Hungerford, England. “Hawke’s Bay’s Premier Music House” is quite a claim but maybe if someone out there remembers it then do get in touch.

The Grotto, St Andrews.

Next up is The Grotto, what a great name for a record shop! As so often in the Sixties, vinyl played a part of the retail mix of this general Fancy Goods shop, which also sold toys and cigarettes. The premises are still there with the old front (the building is listed) but it’s been The Crystal Shop for 25 years now. I kind of think I’d rather rely on music myself but there you go.
This two colour shop bag design with musical notes on was generic, sold by wholesalers to individual traders who could then rubber stamp it, sticker it up or as here, do both.

About simon robinson

Having worked as a graphic designer in the music industry, mainly in the reissue sector, I now concentrate on the design and publication of books about popular culture - and even write some of them.
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