40 and 42 Sheaf Street.
“The Phono King. Est over 30 years, still the cheapest man in Sheffield. New and second hand records, part exchange.” Possibly established in the late 1800s. Sheaf Market demolished.
65a Middlewood Road
Another busy shops, advertising themselves as “Newsagent, stationer, bookseller, gramophone record and toy dealer,” as well as offering films developed and printed, agent for rubber stamps, prompt delivery of newspapers and periodicals AND gramophone repairs! The shop is still a newsagents, right on the corner of Middlewood Road and Dyke’s Hall Road.
Smith’s (Decorators) Ltd
14, 16 Fitzalan Square.
A real oddity, a decorators selling records! I suspect it was a furniture shop in the main, and sold gramophone players and hence records as a sideline. Not sure which building it was.
Spark’s Gramophone Depot
45-47 Fitzwilliam Street
Speciality: Gramophone repairs.
Listed in the Sheffield & District Trades Directory 1927-28. The site has been redeveloped.
Spooner & Son. E.
395 Langsett Road
M. Spooner lists himself as MBA, Mus Ind Council. Shop still extant, front much changed, now a plumbers.
Stead & Co.
Cricket Inn Road
Record stockist listed in Sheffield & District Trades Directory 1927-28, but no sleeve found yet. Exact address not known.
The Melody Shops
15 Union Street, 14 Cumberland Street
Also listed at 10 Cumberland Street on another sleeve. Both streets are close to The Moor but have since been redeveloped (twice for much of their length!).
“Gramophone Records / Radio / Gramophone Players.”
115 London Road, Sheffield
Stringer was a ‘wholesale and retail tobacconist’ but clearly sold 78s for a time as well. The premises is now an indian restaurant (“Lahore”) and the shop much altered but the overall building remains much as it was.
Sugg., H H B Ltd.
127 / 131 Pinstone Street
Suggs later became a well known sports retailer, but began life selling a wider range of goods and electrical items, and had branches around the county. This sleeve is from their Pinstone branch when they still sold records.
483 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield.
“Gramophones and Records, Cash or Terms”. The site of this shop is now a modern supermarket (it was originally a Victorian brick terrace, so quite modest). The sleeves I have (to be added) feature the locally made Gilbert and Geisha gramophones, which ceased manufacture around 1931, suggesting the shop was going in the Twenties.