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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
25th June 1953 John Christie is sentenced to hang for murdering his wife and hiding her body under the floorboards in their Notting Hill home.
25th June 1946 Born today: Ian McDonald, London England, rock guitarist (Foreigner, King Crimson)
25th June 1942 British premier Winston Churchill travels from US to London
25th June 1750 William Green, a weaver, accidentally lost his balance at The Monument and fell to his death.
Magic, Gizmos & FUN
The Largest Mail Order House for Novelties in the World
Location: 246 High Holborn, WC1
Description: 'Ellisdons' seemed to be on the back page of almost every comic back in the day...
'Established in 1898', Ellisdons literature used to claim, but that was in Australia, dealing in somewhat more practical merchandise.
Then, in the early 1930s, for reasons unexplained, three generations of the Ellisdon family arrived in England and acquired premises in High Holborn. Within four years they were issuing wonderful catalogues and claiming to be 'The Largest Mail Order House for Novelties in the World'.
And it is on this spot that the company worked from.
At its peak, the business was mailing 100,000 catalogues, as well as importing from Europe and the Far East. It employed a large workforce preparing and manufacturing at various sites in London and, later, Bedford.
The decline, when it came in the '70s, was rapid, sparked by an assortment of factors, prominent amongst them, as is so often the case, the retirement of the last member of the founding family.