Retailing and Distribution History

Date / time: 26 February - 25 May, All day

Retailing and Distribution History

The 2021 CHORD online seminars on the theme of ‘Retailing and Distribution History’will be taking place via Zoom between January and May 2021.

The full programme, together with abstracts and registration forms can be found here:

Everybody is welcome and participation is free, but registration is required: please keep in mind that spaces are limited!For further information, please e-mail Laura Ugolini at:


Tuesday 26 January 2021

  • Brent McKenzie, University of Guelph, Canada, Tallinna Kaubamaja at 60 – Estonia’s Department Store: A Reflection or Shaping of Estonian Culture?
  • Baijayanti Chatterjee, Calcutta University, India, The Salt Industry in Transition: Production, Retailing and Distribution under the East India Company, ca. 1765 -1800
  • Artemis Yagou, Deutsches Museum, Germany, From England to Crete and back: Exploring the commercial route of an 1814 pocket watch
  • Nataliya Puchenkina, University of Caen, France, Ideology, authenticity and commerce: distributing and advertising Soviet films in France in the late 1920s

Tuesday 23 February 2021

  • Federica Calabrese, Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza din Iasi, Romania, Industrial Bari between 1800 and 1900: the coexistence of large industrial centres and folkloristic street vendors
  • Léa Leboissetier, ENS de Lyon, France, “A System of Licencing Vagrancy”? The Pedlars Acts and the Monitoring of Commercial Mobility in Late Nineteenth Century Britain (1860s-1900s)
  • Dinah Reed, To what extent did provincial newspaper advertising contribute to the boom in domestic consumption in Manchester and Norwich, 1765 – 1805?Jeannette Strickland, University of Liverpool, UK ‘The face of the store’ – the development of window dressing in late nineteenth century Britain
  • Sheryllynne Haggerty, University of Hull, UK, ‘no Dependence is to be putt[sic] on what such Fellows says’: The Problems of Distributing Goods in Wartime Jamaica

Tuesday 23 March 2021

  • Serena Dyer, De Montfort University, UK, Patterns of British Manufacture: Selling Nationhood in Rudolph Ackermann’s Repository of Arts, 1809-1829
  • Richard Hornsey, University of Nottingham, UK, Shop-work as performance in interwar British multiple stores
  • Marie Cerna, Institute of Contemporary History, Prague, Czech Republic, Trading and retails shops of the Soviet Army in Czechoslovakia 1968-1991
  • Rachele Scuro, Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca, Italy, Rags, pearls, silks and loans: second-hand retailing and credit market in the 16th century Venetian ghetto

Tuesday 27 April 2021

  • Ivana Mihaela Žimbrek, Central European University, Vienna/Budapest, Department Stores and Modernization of Retail in Socialist Yugoslavia, 1950s-1960s
  • Astrid Van den Bossche, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, From New York to Hong Kong: Window displays and the Maidenform Dreams campaign (US, 1949-1969)
  • Nicholas O’Neill, University of Chicago, US, Measuring the Market Power of Retailers and Manufacturers in Early Modern France
  • D. J. Huppatz, Robot Salesmen: Food Vending Machines in America’s Machine AgeEliza McKee, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK, The cantman and the packman: non-fixed clothing retailers and the distribution of cast-off clothing in post-Famine Ulster, c. 1850-1914

Tuesday 25 May 2021

  • Kerry Meakin, Lecturer at TUDublin, PhD Candidate at Kingston University, Women in Display in Britain 1920-1935
  • Lin Gardner, University of Glasgow, UK, Hosiery on the High Street
  • John E. Harrison, William Karfoot: A Lancashire Co-operator and more
  • Adrian Faber, University of Wolverhampton, UK, Smokes for our Soldiers at the Front: Newspaper Cigarette Campaigns and the Mail Order Trade during the First World War


Image credit: Detail of: Color Print of a Copperplate Picture of a Toy Shop 1860Utagawa (Gountei) Sadahide Japanese. Bequest of William S. Lieberman, 2005.