Oak Hall Ready-to-Wear Menswear, c. 1902

This is the interior of Oak Hall Clothiers at 333 Talbot Street in St. Thomas, Ontario, ca. 1902. The garments on the table are men’s jackets folded inside out in stacks, presumabley arranged by size. It’s not clear if this ‘Oak Hall’ was a Canadian subsidiary of the American company of the same name that also specialized in ready-to-wear men’s clothing and was founded in Memphis, Tennessee in 1859. It appears Canadian William Eli Sanford at least modelled his concept after the American company, which opened in Toronto and Hamilton in 1881. Later branches opened across Ontario, in St. Catharines (1888), London (1892), and Windsor (1895). The St. Thomas store, where this photo was taken, relocated in 1907 to a larger premises on the same street. I haven’t found any references to the company dating after 1915, and it appears they offered no catalogue sales.

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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