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John Collier, John Collier, the window to watch... | 27-Jun-06

John Collier, John Collier, the window to watch...

This line comes from a poem about Paul Revere's colleague, which was used to advertise John Collier clothiers some 40 years ago. Does anyone know the original poem, or if the poem was written for the advert itself?

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Do you know this poem? Do you have any clues to help us find it?


This was an advertising jingle for a firm selling gents natty suiting.
Penelope Tarnowski

John Collier was a chain of gents' outfitters which existed from from the 1950s to the 1970s. It was a new name for the Fifty Shilling Tailors, a chain of cut-price gents' outfitters founded by Sir Malby Deeling in the 1930s, when it was possible to buy a suit for 50 shillings (£2.50).

The chain's advertising slogan was 'John Collier, John Collier, the window to watch' (used in TV adverts and posters on the shop windows).

The Bedford branch was situated at 58 High Street, opening (as the Fifty Shilling Tailors) in 1937.
Richard Wildman

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