Southampton's main street of the 1930s bears no comparison with that of today.

Trams still rattled along their tracks, cars had no problem in finding a parking space right outside the shops and everywhere bicycles were propped up against the kerb and left without any need to be chained up against theft.

The Above Bar of the 1930s was packed with individual shops such as Tanner and Lloyd, umbrella manufacturers, Ridgways the tea merchants, Liptons the grocers, the Southampton Gaslight and Coke Company, Alfred Priddis the milliner, the sweet shop of Butter Creams, Donald the ladies outfitters and gown specialists together with the Central Typewriter Exchange.

More than 80 years ago there were also names familiar today including British Home Stores, Boots the Chemist, Currys, Russell & Bromley, Woolworth and Halfords.

Gone but still remembered by many are Gilbert the bookseller, Timothy Whites, the men's outfitters Basticks, Tyrrell & Green, Cadena Café, Maypole Diary, Lowmans the bakers and Dunns the hatters.

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