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Waterproofs & Whiteaway

29 March, 2018
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Signage: Whiteaway, Laidlaw & Co. (1895)

Department Store, 32 Hornby Road, Fort. (1954 onwards, the Khadi and Village Industries Emporium, 286 Dadabhai Naoroji {D.N.} Road).

Waterproofs were Whiteaway, Laidlaw & Co.’s capital range of clothing.

When the firm operated from a small, cramped premises at the Esplanade, they marketed their waterproof coats and capes as the ‘Cheapest Waterproofs in Bombay’. Thoroughly serviceable, excellent and durable, their waterproofs were so well priced that ladies were encouraged to visit their store before making a trip to the bazaar.

When Whiteaway, Laidlaw & Co. moved into their handsome and commodious premises on Hornby Road in 1895, built especially as a department store for the firm, their waterproofs got even more attention- a special display for ladies’ and gentleman’s waterproofs and a fine show of waterproof carriage aprons, that prepared Bombay’s buggy drivers and passengers for the impending monsoons.

The monogram WL&Co. at the entrance of the premises reminds us of a time when the department store was in capital demand.

Photo by Hersh Acharya.

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Saal Mubarak & Navroze Mubarak

21 March, 2018
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Motifs: Bombaywalla

On Navroze Day we turn 5.

We had a momentous year. Bombaywalla Blog became Bombaywalla Historical Works Pvt. Ltd.! We started conducting city walks which were wonderfully received. We are raring to go with new walks in April.

Simin, Sitanshu, Hashim, Hersh, Dj & Kamna

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Seven Foodies Share Their Fondest Navroze And Gudi Padwa Food Memories, Mid-Day

18 March, 2018
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‘Seven Foodies Share Their Fondest Navroze And Gudi Padwa Food Memories’, Mid-Day, 18 March 2018

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So long Strand

28 February, 2018
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1) It was during the intermission of the English films at Strand Cinema, that 23-year-old T. N. Shanbhag hoped, the audience would browse and buy the books at the stall he set up there in 1948.
2) In 1956, Mr Shanbhag acquired new and spacious premises for the book stall at Dhan Nur building on Phirozeshah Mehta Road, while still maintaining the original counter at the Strand Cinema in Colaba. 3) Phirozeshah Mehta Road, was a relatively recent locality, dominated by insurance companies. Irani and other restaurants were present at every corner. 4) Mr Shanbhag and his staff would go for a ‘single’ (tea) to Bristol Grill nearby. 5) He offered the iconic 20% discount right from the beginning. 6) Mr Shanbhag’s son, Arun, joined the family business from America, sourcing titles that had made it to the top of the charts. 7) His daughter, Vidya, launched branches of the store in Bangalore, Mysore, Hyderabad and Poona, and the mega Strand sale at the Sunderbai Hall in Bombay.

Doors: Strand Book Stall (1956)

15C Dhan Nur, Sir Phirozeshah Mehta Road, Fort.

The iconic Strand Book Stall will shut down today after a 72 year run.

Hersh Acharya captures the last days of the institution.

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Know All About Mumbai’s 19th-Century Photographic Studios At This Walk, Mid-Day

31 January, 2018
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Heritage Walk

‘Know All About Mumbai’s 19th-Century Photographic Studios At This Walk’, Mid-Day, 31 January 2018

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