Tag Archives: Firth Street

A. S. Cruse & Co General Drapers/Bomboniere Glamour/Get It Computer – Arncliffe, NSW

A pioneer of shameless self-promotion, A. S. Cruse and his company of drapers made etcetera a reality for shoppers at this Arncliffe location. The recent removal of a large tree has made it once again possible to see this old signage, the likes of which I can’t really see the confusingly named Get It Computer ever putting up.

Before getting it (computer), this location was home to Bomboniere Glamour, a decoration shop that won Rockdale Local Council’s Local Business Christmas Decorations Competition in 2009. Obviously the $1500 prize wasn’t enough to keep the landlord at bay. Perhaps the guy on the roof of Get It Computer is getting his decorations ready for this Xmas. If he’s starting this early, they’re bound to be winners.

If we look back even further into the history of this building, we find a word that needs to come back, stat: EXECUTRIX

SMH, 14 Aug 1951

Lawrence Dry Cleaners/St. David’s on Firth – Arncliffe, NSW

Those expecting Lawrence are going to be sorely disappointed. The Lawrence dry cleaning company was founded in 1939 at Waterloo, and prides itself on being “the most trusted” dry cleaning and laundry company in Sydney. After betrayal like this, I don’t know if I can back that up.

The sign instead directs those hopefuls with dirty laundry to this church op-shop. The last thing they need is more clothing in need of a wash.