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Shopping Victorian Style
T. J. Paxton Department Store

Now that we've reached our destination, looking around you'll see street after street of fine shops, all with their dazzling array of commodities displayed in their windows. There's the furnishing ironmonger with his polished grates and candlesticks, the cabinetmaker with his highly polished mahogany and chintz furniture mixed in with the perfumer selling his oils, creams and cosmetics; a bookshop, millinery shop and fine clothing store. Depending on the time of year you visit, you will find goods sold in outside stalls on the walks.

Now we're going to visit T. J. Paxton's which is a "departmental" store and take a tour of a few other shopping establishments. By the time you finish your visit, you will know what it's like to shop Victorian style.

Paxton Dept Store
Paxton Dept Store

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Background, buttons and jewelry in ladies accessories (T. J. Paxton) created by webmaster B. Malheiro. The T.J. Paxton Department Store was created from tutorials from a group of very talented artists, The Prestigious Dames, whose group is being dissolved as of December 31, 2005. These images have been digitally watermarked and are not for use on another site. Other images scanned from the following publications per licensing agreement:

Cuts for Antique Sales and Auctions Victorian Goods and Merchandise
Children's Fashion 1860-1912 Crystal Palace Exhibition
3800 Early Advertising Cuts Old English Cuts for Artists and Craftspeople
Old Fashioned Sports Illustrations Humorous Spot Illustrations
Women's Fashion, A Pictorial Archive Victorian Housewares, Hardware and Kitchenware
Shoes, Hats and Fashion Accessories Men's Fashion Illustrations

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