The Woolworths Museum

Interactive 1950s Woolies

See how people shopped over seventy years ago,
soon after World War II


A drawing showing the layout of the Portsmouth Woolworth store in 1950. Part of an interactive feature in the Woolworths Museum Sweets, drinks and ice-cream View the pick and mix counter Christmas seasonal Christmas seasonal Stationery, Greeting Cards and Books Stationery, Greeting Cards and Books View the customer restaurant View the customer restaurant Toiletries and cosmetics Pictures, artificial flowers and fancy goods Pictures, artificial flowers and fancy goods Toy Displays Wool and Haberdashery Records and Music Kidswear, ladieswear and menswear China, glass and Homemaker Pots, pans, buckets and bowls Food and Groceries Paint, polish, tools, electrical and home repair Paint and polish, tools and hardware, electricals and curtain track View the store from outside =Clicking outside the mapped area forces the page to reload, or you can press [Shift] abd [F5] on your keyboard to achieve the same result



Please click a counter in the 3D store plan above to see what that part of a Woolworth store looked like in the 1950s ....


By clicking above you can explore a large Woolworth store sixty years ago.  Each department has its own set of pictures, and there are also images of the exterior of the store (by clicking the fascia under the image) and the restaurant (by clicking the triangular up-arrows).

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Point and shoot picture


Store front


Sweets and ices




Toiletries and cosmetics


Pictures, artificial flowers and fancy goods


Christmas cards and decorations




Cards, stationery and books


Wool and haberdashery


Children's, Men's and Ladies' Fashions




China and Glassware




Kitchen and Homewares


Paint, DIY and Repair




Building the store


Grand staircase



Shortcuts to related content


1950s Gallery



Grand re-openings


H.M. Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation


The mobile shop


Interactive Fifties Store


Embassy Records cover story


Digital Jukebox


Advent of self-service


Commonwealth Openings


Zimbabwe Album


Caribbean Album


Fiftieth birthday celebrations


A warning from the USA


What's on TV?


Museum Navigation


1940s Gallery


1960s Gallery


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