Suters Price tags, invoices, bags, order forms + from 1960s (Click on image to enlarge)
Suter Ltd top part of letterhead from late 1950s / 1960s (This one was used for a dividend for John Suter in 1962) At that time directors listed were Clarence (W.C.Suter), John, Arthur ( G.A.Suter), Tom, Frank, Tony (A.F.Suter) and David. It shows branches as Uxbridge, Slough, Windsor, Ruislip and Ashford (Middx).
Bills and Invoices
Above 1975 Uxbridge bill and right 1975 Uxbridge "Czarina" bill
Feedback from Customers
Labels for clothing
Bags and wrapping paper
Carry on Camping - The 1969 comedy "carry on" film was shot at Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath which is located between Slough and Uxbridge.
In one scene two of the characters return from a shopping trip with purchases wrapped up in the distinctive white and green Suters Department Stores bags (below). The same design was used for wrapping paper and plastic bags as illustrated in the Carry on Camping fim.
To compete with the buying power of the larger retail groups developing, many of these family stores had joined a buying and marketing group like the ISA -Independent Stores Association with the Czarina brand name.A large range of products throughout the stores had the Czarina brand label on them. This organisation was later to become Associated Independent Stores - AIS and there are still many family run department stores who are part of it. The Czarina logo was also used on advertising, bags and the back of sales bills.
Clocking and out cards - See also Staff Clocking in and out at Suters
Staff application form - note bottom line in relation to "Clock No" as per Clocking in and out
Suters - Staff badge for managers, buyers etc - sales staff had individual name badges
Suters outside business, party and function Catering Services
Above information on accounts over the years and left a Payment record Card for goods on Hire Purchase and Extended Credit - Click on images and go to Accounts page. Below card sent with credit card to customers.
Memo and Instruction headers (image does not enlarge) used for internal memos and important instructions
Instead of using photocopiers for producing memos and other staff documentation a "Roneo" stencil would be made and duplicated on a Roneo machine. No doubt had the company not sold out in 1978 there would have been a change to modern photocopying.
Card showing 5 branches
Arthur Suter showing 5 branches
John Suter only for Slough and Uxbridge
Estimates and Acceptance
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©Philip Suter - December 2013 - February 2015
Source of images, unless otherwise stated - Suter family archives