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Reference NumberP/CON
LevelFonds
TitleResearch and copy images of Alan Conway relating to Frank and Mimi Conway's businesses at 7 Toynbee Street, Whitechapel
Date(s)2011-2012
[1940s-2011]
DescriptionScope and Content
Printouts from digital photographs of original memorabilia held by Alan Conway relating to Frank and Mimi Conway and their businesses. Includes copies from scrapbooks, advertisements and photographs and transcripts of taped conversations. Also digital copies of photographs of Toynbee Street shopfronts and printouts from websites.

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AdminHistoryFrank Conway was born on 4 July 1919 to Harry and Millie Cohen. His shop was registered in 1948 as 'Frank Conway Warehouseman', later as Conway Automatics and Conway Trading Company. Based at 7 Toynbee Street, he sold swag (end of lines), ball gum and bubble gum and other automatic machines, had a round of juke boxes in cafes and clubs, sold music records and (from 1960) hired out roulette tables.

The shop closed after Frank's passing on 2 December 1966. It remained empty and derelict until the Toynbee Street redevelopment scheme in 2010s. In 2011 the consultation outlined that 7 Toynbee Street would be preserved. Conway Automatics ceased trading and was wound up in 1970. The Conway Trading Company was continued by Stuart Stewart, a second cousin who was in the hosiery business and opened premises at 15 Toynbee Street.

Frank and his wife Mimi had a market stall from the mid 1940s in Petticoat Lane / Middlesex Street on Sunday and Wentworth and Toynbee Streets in the week. Items sold included curtaining materials, hair brushes, combs and creams, boots, footballer and popstar cards and pictures. His brother and sister-in-law Hilda and Alf also ran the stalls. Frank also auctioneered in Commercial Street / Petticoat Lane selling items including chocolates. The stall in Petticoat Lane continued until 1991.

Alan Conway undertook research and compiled these records in 2011-2012 from memorabilia in his care.
RelatedMaterialOriginals remain with Alan Conway.

See also Alan Dein's photograph of the shopfront 7 Toynbee Street, reference AD/1/57
SubjectShops
Petticoat Lane Market
Street trading
Markets
Warehouses in Tower Hamlets
ArchNoteCatalogued by Richard Wiltshire, 27 May 2022
Access StatusOpen
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