This 1879 advertisement by the Drapers' and Clothiers' Early Closing Association calls on workers to shop before 6 p.m. on Saturdays. As Saturday was pay day for most workers, Saturday night was a big shopping night, with many shops staying open until after 11 p.m. Shop workers and their supporters formed Early Closing Associations, with the aim of reducing the long hours shop assistants had to work on Saturdays.
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Reference: Evening Post, 12 December 1879, p. 3
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