That was specially for you Barrie as its a lovely old photo. As you know I've started to change the header regularly and already I've had a few different headers this year hoping for comments about them.
I don't know why but I was surprised how many bananas are in the one window. I know oranges were hard to come by in the 50's as we used to look forward to having one after the Easter parade. I thought bananas would have been in the same category.
That photo was taken in the 1920s and plastic hadn't been invented. The young girl was my mother, born 1912, and I can remember being in the shop with her after the war when I was a young boy, born in 1941. Bananas used to come in long (about 3 feet) wooden boxes full of about half a dozen or more big hands of fruit. https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/dPEAAOSw3ZtaJWO3/s-l1600.jpg
No offence taken, John. I know apples and oranges were in short supply in the 40s. The shop front does look a bit tatty, but by today's standards we were living in almost slum conditions back then. We had no water in the house. There was a water tap and flush toilet in the back yard and yet we still look back with nostalgia at the "Good old days"
The shops looked tatty as nobody wanted to spend money on something that may not be there in the morning and, because the only paint around was battle ship grey! After the war you could get a few more colours depending on what ship was being built.