Gamages

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Gamages was a department store in Central London. It began in 1878 in a rented watch repair shop and, after quickly becoming a success amongst its customers, was established as a London institution. In time it was to grow large enough to take up most of the block on which it was situated.

The store finally closed in the 1972, but prior to that had been unusual inasmuch as its premises were away from the main Oxford Street shopping area, being on the edge of the City of London at Holborn Circus. Gamages also ran a very successful mail-order business.

Many of those who were children at the time remember Gamages because of its unparallelled stock of toys of the day, and the Gamages catalogue which was used to publicize them.

Magic Department

Will Goldston was employed by the Gamages from 1905 until 1914 managing the magic department and published several magic books through them.

A young Ned Williams (later known as Robert Harbin began by working in the magic department of Gamages toy shop at the age of 20.

Shaun McAlister, contributor to Goldston's Magician Monthly, also worked at the magic department at Gamages department store.

Harry Baron managed the conjuring department for nearly thirty years.


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