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For years past George street hat? had a reputation for being one- of Dunedin s leading business thoroughfares. _ Adequate testimony to the regard in winch it is held by shoppers is furnished in tho improvements which steadily go on. Tim latest firm to renovate and refurnish business promises in George street ;s Messrs Methven and Co., who have completely remodelled the buildings which occupy the corner of George street and Moray place, with the object, of displaying tho various articles they manufacture'in brass, copper, etc. | Tho alterations which have been made hv Methvcns are. very thorough. From basement to garret the shop has- boon thoroughly overhauled. The walls have been redecorated. Wunderlich steel ceilings have been erected, two modern show windows have been placed in the George street frontage, while a steel suspension verandah lias been erected in front of the building. Electric lights of come 5.000 candle power have been installed, while three powerful arc lamps of 600 candle-power each will ho used for exterior illumination. Inspection of the tastefully-dressed windows gives one an idea of the activities of this progressive firm. Here may be seen brass fittings for motor cars and motor cycles itho first of their kind to be made in Xcw Zealand). Alongside of these are hath fittings of all descriptions, amongst them being handsomely-electroplated towsl rails, glass shelves, etc. Not less prominent are the rows and rows of taps and cocks; while in one of the corners may bo seen a novel folding firo escape for throwing out the window. This consists jt steel steps affixed to steel chains, and » a most useful article, A very attractive ;Wc* is an array of 3in howitzer ehelis which have actually been fired. Messrs Methven secured these, and have them finished *.n antique copper work, making nice ornaments out of them. Below these may be seen steam fittings, caps, valves, etc., samples of electroplating and bronzing, and many other brass and copper articles of the firm’s manufacture. _ Inside, one sees tiers and tiers of the famous Methvan «eanJa'.s copper hot water circulator, rows of copper boilers (both the ordinary seamed coprser and the Methven seamless copper washing hotter), aR sizes of the Methven castiron portable boiler for boiling clothes, etc., and a few galvanised iron baths, the bodies of which are all in one piece. Suspended from the ceilings are many new and original and handsome designs in electric fittings, lamps, and shades. The most striking amongst this lot is the new inverted shade. .It takes the fora of a large opalescent globe, which completely envelopes the lamp. This does away with the hard glitter, and makes the light soft and steady. In every respect Messrs Methvens’ new premises are creditable to them. They are bright-looking and up to date, ami. together with the splendid display, enahl# the public to realise better their capabilities and to fnlly appreciate the merit of local manufacture. —22-12-14.

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GEORGE STREET IMPROVEMENTS., Issue 15682, 22 December 1914

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GEORGE STREET IMPROVEMENTS. Issue 15682, 22 December 1914

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