Businesses advertise interesting services
HISTORY MATTERS, WITH THE ISIS DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
“THE Marble Cafe Leads The Way” is the headline for a regular advertisement appearing in the Isis Recorder of November 18, 1927, promoting the cafe’s fine foods such as “light lunches, hot dinners and refreshments, fresh fruit, fish, cakes and home-made chocolates”.
Operated by Paul Comino from 1911–1967, the Marble Cafe was popular for wedding receptions as well as for the usual fare.
Named because of the Italian marble tabletops in the cafe, it occupied the Churchill St building that now houses St Vinnies.
The cash register from the cafe takes pride of place in the Historical Village store in Taylor St, and Marble Cafe-inscribed crockery is also on display.
THE Isis Butchery advertised their shop on November 18, 1927, as well.
Their specialties included “pressed tongue, brawn, pork and empire sausages, and white puddings, fresh every weekend”.
Country customers were well catered for, with the butcher providing motor deliveries to every part of the district.
ANOTHER old pharmacy gem is a 1930 book entitled Twentieth Century Formulas, Recipes and Processes.
Chemical recipes include those for liver spot removal creams, bedbug preparations, and a full description of how to fix a cameo photograph to a brooch.
Fascinating reading indeed!
POPULAR CAFE: Paul Comino, of the Marble Cafe, participates in a Childers Olympics celebratory procession, some time in the 1920s.