Where’s Brigthon? (1)

Source gallica.bnf.fr / BnF

1884
Dear Monsieur Henry,
Whilst strolling in Paris last week, I noticed this advertisement for your excellent establishment.  However, I would wish to draw your attention to the fact that, if you do indeed have a factory in Brighton as you state, you do not know our town well as you are clearly unable to spell its name correctly.
Yours faithfully
A concerned Brightonian                                 

‘Madame’ this and ‘Maison’ that (1)

(c) Suzanne Hinton

It is well known that all that glisters is not gold.  In Brighton, it is also common knowledge that all that is seems to be French is not French.  Here’s a case in point.

From 1926 until about 1956, 26 Western Road in Hove was ‘Maison Francis’.  Francis was Thomas Francis, hairdresser and ‘cosmetologist’ (according to Kelly’s Directory in 1931).  By 1956, perhaps things French had become less fashionable and ‘Maison Francis” was replaced by hairdresser “Lawrence of Mayfair.  Fortunately, the beautiful threshold mosaic still survives in 2017.