The Universal Boot Depot, 221 High Street, Christchurch, circa 1900.
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D. Smith & Sons' Universal Boot Depot was located opposite Strange's Department store on the corner of High and Lichfield Streets in Christchurch. The company offered cut-rate prices on its footwear, frequently advertising sales liquidating large shipments of inventory from the United Kingdom and from business liquidations around New Zealand.
In the street frontage view above, pairs of boots and shoes can be seen hanging in strings along the store front.
Announcement of the Universal's Opening, 1891.
An 1887 sale