Businesses advertise in­ter­est­ing ser­vices

HIS­TORY MAT­TERS, WITH THE ISIS DISTRICT HIS­TOR­I­CAL SO­CI­ETY

Isis Town and Country - - LIFE -

“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!

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

POP­U­LAR CAFE: Paul Comino, of the Mar­ble Cafe, par­tic­i­pates in a Childers Olympics cel­e­bra­tory pro­ces­sion, some time in the 1920s.

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