If you wanted to buy something – from a new shirt to a radio – in the Scottish Capital in the 1950s or 1960s you didn’t have the option of ordering over the internet, or even popping to an out-of-town shopping centre.
Even mail order shopping was restricted to a handful of companies, like Littlewoods, bringing items to your doorstep.
The 1950s and 1960s was a time of new inventions, electrical gadgets, contemporary fashion, and changing habits – grocery stores were just starting to embrace ‘self service’, where customers picked up items themselves to bring to the till to pay.
And it was the golden age of the department store, with numerous huge shops in Edinburgh selling anything and everything you could need – the most famous example being the much-missed Jenners.
Here are 25 pictures to take you back to those days.
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