UK - London - Selfridges shopper and oil drum
A lady with Selfridges department store shopping bags stands by old construction oil drum outside Ritz road works. The well-dressed shopper has been to the large American store on nearby Oxford Street and holds her famous yellow bags that are recognised across the country. But rather incongruously is the construction site oil drum that is usually filled with concrete, acting as barriers at road junctions.
H. Gordon Selfridge was born in 1858 in Ripon, Wisconsin, and in 1879 joined Field, Leiter and Company (later to become Marshall Field & Company), where he worked for the famous Chicago retailer. He worked his way up through the firm, married into the prominent Buckingham family, and amassed the fortune with which he built his new London store.