1954 Ellis & Son Advert

This Ellis & Son advert appeared in numerous school Cygnet magazines as suppliers for the Burton Grammar School uniform as well as sports wear which included, in my case anyway, a white sports shirt together with one in the nominated house colour (Wellington – Maroon, Drake – Blue, Clive – Green, Nelson – Black).

The advert is restored but not in any way improved, remaining as true to the original advert as possible. It appeared in the Cygnet for many years but reduced in quality slightly each year before it was finally revised.


The advert reminds of the grandier of a Burton building which is now very much taken for granted. Ellis & Son Menswear enjoyed some prominence in Burton for over 100 years. It is slightly amusing that in 1954, four digits was though more than adequate to accommodate any likely future demand for telephone numbers.


It is nice that the building survives to this day and is still one of the Town’s most elegant buildings. It is a shame that the equally impressive buildings across the road had to give way to what is now the entrance to the modern day shopping precinct.

These two pictures show the shop in the heyday years of both the Bond Street and Winshill Grammar Schools when the summer months would have done very brisk business kitting out pupils for the start of a new year.


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