Photo of the week – shopping 1950s style

Each week the staff who describe the digitised photographs in our collection select a photo that is added to SLQ’s Flickr Commons Photo of the week 2013 set. This week our photo is a gorgeous shot of the main showroom inside the F. W. Nissen jewellery store in Brisbane from the 1950s, complete with glamorous shop assistants and customers.

Section of the main showroom inside F. W. Nissen jewellery store in Brisbane, ca. 1950

Frederick William Nissen started as a manufacturing jeweller in 1892 and established premises in Queen St., Brisbane. From 1910 to 1955, a substantial country business was developed when their products were sold in general stores and pharmacies. The firm ceased trading in 1984.  F. W. Nissen’s products included jewelry, clocks, watches, china, pottery and coloured glass.

Advertisement from the Sunday Mail newspaper, 1948

We’d love to hear your memories of buying or receiving jewellery from F.W. Nissen.

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