Typed history of Birmingham Co-operative Society Centre for Modern Living

Scope and Content

This document is a 14-page typed account of the establishment of co-operative trading in the Birmingham area leading to the opening of the Centre for Modern Living on High Street on May 21 1959. The Centre was "a revelation in modern design at its very highest" and sold everything for the home under one roof. According to the unknown author, one of the highlights of the store is the "Record Rendezvous" which will stock over 10,000 vinyl records with 20 fully-insulated booths for listening to music. There is also a "Television Theatre" on the first floor where customers will be able to relax in easy chairs under a 12 foot wide chandelier while they choose from 32 different models of television set. Besides furniture and carpets there are also departments for china and glass, toys, nursery goods, wallpaper and DIY and electrical goods.