Imagine a time when life was so certain that when you built a building for your business you were confident enough in the future that you put the name of the business into the very fabric of the building.

This is not a time of mergers and takeovers of globalisation and restructure, this is when life was more local and certain.

There are a number of such buildings around and so this blog is an attempt to record some of them and more importantly a bit of the history of the business which by and large are no longer with us.

If you know something about any of these business please add a comment. You can do this without having to sign up for anything and can be anonomous if you prefer.

Monday, July 4, 2011

S McCracken Coal and Produce Merchant

This is Main South Road Caversham, Dunedin

The previous premise of Mr Samuel McCracken Coal and Produce Merchant.

All I have been able to glean is that he was an Irish imigrant and lived next door to the shop.

Presumably this was the produce shop as I can't see people popping in for a bag of coal, I assume like today it was delivered to you.

Here is a historic view of the same shop "borrowed" from here

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