Model Father Christmas in Blackler's Great Charlotte Street store, 1958

Stewart Bale collection online exhibition

Giant Father Christmas standing central staircase in main hallway of department store. Other decorations include a Christmas tree, stars suspended from the ceiling and garlands of tinsel

This photograph shows Blacklers’s department store five years after it returned to its Great Charlotte Street location after the damage caused by fire in the May Blitz had been repaired.

The enormous scale of the store is apparent here in this view of the central hall and staircase. Dominating the scene is an enormous model of Father Christmas.

Archive reference 581174-1