It Wasn’t Any of This Digital Stuff Back Then

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Pete Randell in his Rundle Street shop

Pete Randell in his Rundle Street shop

Advertising. (1946, September 5). News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved September 25, 2014, from

advert for Pete Randell’s shop in the News newspaper, 5 September 1946, p.7

DESCRIPTION: made of cast iron this “Salter’s Family Scale” No. 45 was made by Salter & Co., and was made to weigh item in 1oz increments up to 14lb. This item came from Pete Randell’s shop in Rundle Street, Adelaide
DATE: unknown, but maybe 1900-1940
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alison Phillips (nee Edwards)
STORY/ABOUT: Shortly after leaving the military in WW2, Restyn Walter ‘Pete’ Randell set up a shop in Rundle Street, in the city of Adelaide. He ran this right up until he died in 1983. His shop sold a range of goods from fruit to candy, from general supplies to milkshakes. It was a well-known place to grab something to eat or drink during the day, or late evening.

As a side note, the Salter Company who made the scales started business in 1760 in England and continues making scales to this day. For more about their history click here.

[photos of the scales taken by Jonathan Phillips]

One Response to “It Wasn’t Any of This Digital Stuff Back Then”

  1. Alan Phillips says:

    And a further side note – some of the shelves from Restyn (Pete) Randell’s shop are used for much of the book stock of Gould Genealogy. Anthea, a Gould partner, is a niece of Restyn.

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