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Re: Military Outfitters - Chatham
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2012, 13:52:31 »
Great pictures Clilveh. Thanks for sharing those. I have various old postcards of Military Road and you can see a number of naval and military outfitters along the row of shops. I recognise the names Coopers and Bernards from them.

Interesting to see the advert for Gale & Polden. A lot of my dockyard and naval barracks postcards were published by them.


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Re: Military Outfitters - Chatham
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2012, 22:35:02 »
They are now Gieves and Hawkes, and do civilian tailoring as well as maintaining their military tradition:

My jaw has just hit the floor at the prices...£2500 for an RAF Mess jacket!!

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Re: Military Outfitters - Chatham
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2012, 20:57:43 »
In the radio comedy programme The Navy Lark, which is set in the Portsmouth area, Gieves is mentioned in an episode, I didn't know until now that Gieves or Grieves as I thought it was pronounced, was a real shop.


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Re: Military Outfitters - Chatham
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2012, 11:27:05 »
If you are worried about your investment in the fifties you are going to be really upset at how much a similar garment would have cost you in nineteenth century Chatham;
Guards Officers Coat.         £1-00-00.
Admirals full dress coat.          18/6.
Midshipman's.                            9/0.
Marines uniform coat.              13/6.
Waistcoat.                                  2/9.
Breeches.                                   4/0.

You could have had one of each of the above and still had nine bob change! And you would have looked like Roxy music in their formative years! Food for thought?



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Re: Military Outfitters - Chatham
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2012, 11:05:40 »
Oh dear!
Paid 76s 9d for one of Coopers DB blazers in 1959 but it has shrunk in the middle. Badge at 5 bob good as new though.

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Military Outfitters - Chatham
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2012, 08:36:59 »
Some adverts for various military outfitters taken from the August 1954 edition of 'Chats' the magazine for service personnel of the Chatham Port Division:



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