A caped crusader for Christmas?

THERE were gifts galore in the toy department at Lewis's at Christmas 1954.

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Mind you, we're not sure about this one.

The shop assistant is holding a matador figure, attached to a plastic air-pump pistol. Quite what happened when you pulled the trigger we'll never know.

The store, on Argyle Street, opened for business in 1867 as the Royal Polytechnic Warehouse.

It was taken over by Lewis's in 1929, who demolished the original building to create a modern, art deco style block, now occupied by Debenhams.

The store was famous for its seasonal displays and was one if the first in the UK to open a Christmas grotto.

There will be many an older dad reading this who spent hours trying to console fractious weans as they waited to see Santa.


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