Sunday, 12 October 2014

Never Knowingly Undersold

Big business doesn't need any help from me advertising its wares but this set of adverts currently to be seen on hoardings and in newspapers around Southampton is worth sharing.  The images reflect the city's maritime tradition and mimics the art used to market that tradition.  They're by Adam & Eve who also don't need my help

Have a closer look.

Lipstick vogue

Shine a light

Baby Cheeses

Coming from Merseyside Lewis's holds a special place in my psyche.  Going over to Liverpool on the ferry, visiting Lewis's (and Phillip Son & Nephew) on a Saturday afternoon with Auntie Annie.  Why, I can't remember.  Lewis's had the Christmas Grotto and a statue exceedingly bare. I never did understand Lewis's claim to be "never knowingly undersold" (.) We also use to go in Frank Hessey's music shop. And finish off in Reece's in Clayton Square.  Auntie Annie was a good Christian woman, with nary a bad thought in her head.  She loved all God's creatures except pigeons which she hated with a vengeance.  Bless.
Edit: Liverpool Lewis's had nothing to do with John Lewis Partnership. Thanks anonymous commentor. I've lived down south for half a lifetime and always assumed . . . it must have been George Henry Lee's claim to be never knowingly undersold. The same slogan was in Tyrrell & Green's here in Southampton before T&G closed and became John Lewis in West Quay where they still claim NKU.


  1. Lewis's (now closed) wasn't part of the John Lewis Group. Their Liverpool store was George Henry Lee, off Clayton Square - now just known as John Lewis and moved to Liverpool One.

  2. Thanks Anon, suitably chastened I have amended the entry.