Closed for Queen Victoria’s Funeral, 1901
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Overall: 23cm (9in) x 30cm (12in)
Printed paper notice. Inscribed with a black border, ‘This Establishment Will Be / Closed / Saturday, Feb. 2, / Being the date fixed for the funeral of / Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen’. Framed and glazed.
The announcement of Queen Victoria’s death on 22 January 1902 on the Isle of Wight was posted on the Osborne House bulletin board shortly after 6.30pm. The news was rapidly spread to her 400 million subjects around the globe. Within the hour The London Evening News had a black-bordered special edition out on the streets. The ‘Great Tom’ bell of St Paul’s tolled across the City of London, as business. Across the nation, people gathered in small groups to sing ‘God Save the Queen’ and by eight o’clock, shop windows throughout the land were dressed in black mourning. At Whiteleys department store in Bayswater queues ten deep developed as customers lined up to purchase black mourning outfits.