Tailby & Putnam were trading as grocers and provision merchants from the 1890s, at first from 129, High Street.
Rushden Echo, 29th June 1900, transcribed by Kay Collins
A Go-Ahead Firm We hear that Messrs Tailby and Putnam are making extensive alterations to their business premises in High-street. The contract has been secured by Mr H Sparrow, Messrs Sharman and Archer being the architects. It is contemplated to make the present shop about double its present length, besides widening it considerably.
In 1903 they also had a shop at 32 Grove Road.
129 High Street
The Argus, Friday 30th September 1910
Rushden Notes Everyone was delighted with our shoulders and gammons we sold last week. We sell the best that money can buy, and our friends appreciate the quality. Shoulders are again 6d. per lb., and choice lean mild slices 10d. Golden Meadow butter 1s. 3d.
Tailby and Putnam (Advert)
Advertising Postcard c1910
By 1914 they had four shops and were then also selling glass, china and enamelled household requisites.
49 Newton Road (now 69)
219 Wellingborough Road
35 High Street, Irthlingborough
1916 invoice - 3 shops
1920 invoice - 4 shops
From a bundle stored on a 'spike' (a traditional way to keep receipts)
Messrs Tailby and Putnam always had an advert painted on the railway bridge.
In this postcard the Oakley Arms public house is extreme left
"The Oakley Cash Stores" of Tailby & Putnam's is extreme right
c1955 Putnam & Sons
"Famous for Bacon & Cheese"
This lad with a cycle is taken from a larger photograph of a works outing to Cambridge dated 1920.
Several traders used cycles to deliver goods to their customers.
The carrier in front, would take a large cardboard box or sometimes a basket.
Grocers, butchers and bakers often used this type of cycle.
Original artwork by Clive Wood - at the request of A J George, presented to Rushden Historial Transport Society for use as a logo or an advert