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Digital interactive model of a 1950s Woolworth's store

See how people shopped sixty years ago



View the store front and exterior photos Christmas Decorations and Wrapping Paper Take a look at the Sweets and Ice Cream Displays The pic'n'mix and sweets (candy) counters Toiletries and cosmetics Pictures, artificial flowers and fancy goods Take a look at the toy department, 1950s style. Embassy Records in the Woolworths music department Wool and haberdashery at Woolworths in the 1950s Greetings Cards, Stationery and Books China and Glass displays including the legendary black and white Homemaker Design The staircase up to the restaurant The upstairs cafeteria (restaurant/tea bar) on a balcony/mezannine floor Clothing, including Kidswear, Ladieswear, Menswear and Hosiery Kitchenwares - pots, pans, buckets, bowls and cleaning materials Food and groceries department Paint, household and home repair - the birth of DIY at Woolworths in the 1950s Help in using the Digital Interactive store and more information Pictures of the store being rebuilt after World War II

A diagram showing the store's layout



Please click a counter in the 3D store plan above to see what that part of a Woolworth store looked like in the 1950s ....


Click here for help using the interactive store


By clicking above you can explore a large Woolworth store sixty years ago.  Each department has its own set of pictures, and there are also images of the exterior of the store and the restaurant. You can find out how this page works by clicking the store name sign.

In case your browser doesn't support the interactive map technology, we've also included conventional hyperlinks below.


Navigating the Digital Interactive Store

Store front   Sweets and ices   Pic'n'mix   Toiletries and cosmetics   Pictures, artificial flowers and fancy goods

Christmas cards and decorations   Toys   Cards, stationery and books   Wool and haberdashery

Children's, Men's and Ladies' Clothing and Accessories   Music   China and Glassware   Grocery

Kitchen and Homewares   Paint, DIY and Repair   Restaurant   Building the store   Stairs up to restaurant



Shortcuts to related exhibits in the Woolworths Museum

1950s Gallery

Queues round the block at new stores   H.M. Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation   Digital interactive 1950s store tour

Embassy Records cover story   Digital Jukebox   The mobile shop   Overseas expansion in the Commonwealth

First self-service stores   Fiftieth birthday celebrations   A warning call from the USA   What's on TV?

Museum Navigation

1940s Gallery   1960s Gallery   Museum Home Page