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Profiles

  • Marlowe Abdnor (1921 - 2009)
    A memorial service was held on December 15, 2009, at Faith Baptist Church in Longmont, Colorado for Marlow Abdnor. He was born in Presho, South Dakota on December 23, 1922 the son of Albert and Julia A...
  • Samuel J. Abdnor (1882 - 1973)
    Samuel J Abdnor was a Lebanese immigrant, was an itinerant peddler and later a merchant in Kennebec
  • Albertus Alfred Lenocker (1861 - 1928)
    ALFRED A. LENOCKER Representative from Pottawattamie county, was born in Holmes county, Ohio, September 5, 1861. His parents moved to Henry county, Illinois, in 1865, and five years later to Madison co...
  • Luther Willes (1788 - 1834)
    Luther Willes was a dry goods merchant, doing business on Superior street as early as the year 1820. He also served as one of the first three editors of the Cleveland Herald.
  • Louis C. Lischey (c.1812 - 1894)
    From Nashville History blog ... The resulting book, North Edgefield Remembered, tells the story of Joseph Browne and his wife Callie. Browne, born into slavery in 1859, was reared in the home of Loui...

"No man of sense ought to be ashamed of being called a shopkeeper" - Napoleon

This is a global project - everyone is invited to add their retailing ancestors to this project (profiles must be set to public). Project collaborators, feel free to update the project description, adding notes, documents, images, resources ... and inviting more collaborators.

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Notes

From Researching the history of shops

By the late 17th century England and Wales had about 40,000 shopkeepers, according to the estimate of pioneer statistician Gregory King.

From Jews of Brooklyn

"If today most people consider Jewish candy stores just a place to buy sweets, sixty years ago they were an important element in the social fabric. These places were gathering places, meeting places, centers of the community ..."


From Britain: a History of Shopkeeping, Empire and Racial Tensions

"My interest in the corner shop is personal – my parents’ shop formed the backdrop to my daily life. Growing up, the shop served as my playground, library, kitchen, bus stop, and office, and continues to play a huge part in my experience of that most elusive of concepts – ‘home’."

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A - Z of Shopkeepers and Retailers

Bakers

Barbers

Those who cut, dress, groom, style and shave males' hair

Booksellers

Butchers

  • Pork Butchers
  • Poulterers

Cheesemongers

Confectioners

Cordwainers

  • Cobblers

Department Stores

Drapers

originally a retailer or wholesaler of cloth mainly for clothing. A draper may also operate as a cloth merchant or a haberdasher.

  • Dressmakers
  • Haberdashers - selling small articles for sewing, such as buttons, ribbons, zips etc.
  • Tailors

Fishmongers

Florists

Grocers

Gunsmiths

those who repair, modifiy, design, or build firearms

Hairdressers

Those who cut or style hair in order to change or maintain a person's image. See Hairdresser

Hardware Stores

Jewellers

Locksmiths

Milliners

Newsagents

Opticians

  • Oculist
  • Optometrist

Pawnbrokers

Lending money on portable security - Lending money on portable security - see History of pawnbroking

Pharmacists

  • Druggists

Post Offices

Restauranteurs

  • Teashops

Tobacconists

Victuallers

Resources