Black Friday may well be a modern catchline but queuing for the sales at the classic Leeds department stores was a regular fixture back in the 60s and 70s.
These were the early decades of mass consumerism as the supermarket began to supplant the corner shop with its promises of choice and quantity.
New and affordable domestic appliances like the chest freezer made shopping for frozen goods commonplace and shoppers were soon confronted with wire baskets and dividend stamp books.
The Leeds triple crown of Lewis’s, C&A and Schofields were the focus of round the block queues in all weathers but since then much of this retail bonanza has shifted from the pavements to the armchair.
Shoppers today have found that things are not so much “in line” as “online”.
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