This website doesn't usually include ephemera. At a time when
carrier bags are getting a bad press for using up non-renewable
resources and poisoning the environment, let's be proud that we haven't
thrown these bags away...
1. 2. 3. 4.
1. Anglia Cameras
traded for many years from 15-15a St Matthews
courtesy The Ipswich Society
Above: the closed shop, 2014; 15-19 St Mathews Street, 1997
2. See our Martin & Newby
page for this very lettered company and store.
3. The national nostalgia-fest retail chain that was Past Times
itself with more than one branch in some towns; it had a long,
gruelling death as a result of the global
meltdown in 2007-8. The Ipswich branch was at 19 Butter Market.
4. A newspaper once existed in Ipswich called The Evening Star,
but it started life in 1885 as The
Star Of The East. Although its vintage is perhaps the turn of
the twenty-first century, this promotional bag evokes a time when the
Star arrived through the
letter-box every weekday afternoon with the
green-'un on Saturdays, featuring the football results. Part of the EastAnglian Daily Times stable of
publications, it was printed and published from rather fine buildings
in Carr Street, opposite the original Co-operative
store; there were demolished to make way for the misbegotten 'Carr
Precint' which had that tumbleweed feel to it for the public and for
those brave, unhappy shopkeepers who tried to make a go of it there. It
is now a pound-shop. The move to new offices in Lower Brook Street
followed, but printing onsite eventually ceased and, in 2015, the
business is leaving the site.
As determined recyclers/reusers of bags, who knows, we might
have an old Woolworths bag in the understairs cupboard or up in the
loft... Or even The Ancient House bookshop, Hatchards. If any browsers
of this website have examples of trade bags branded with lost
please use the link below to contact us.
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