Miss McHugh's Charles Street Store: The Examiner

18 Dec 1926

MISS C. E. McHUGH CHARLES-STREET. Miss C. E. McHugh's fascinating fancy work shop is the Mecca of many Christmas shoppers. Much that is beautiful in needlework is always seen here, but for the Christmas a special effort is put forth successfully to offer numerous patrons the best of everything.

The charm of this shop is its artistic and decorative work, combined with the usefulness of everything presented.

The prettiest and daintiest of children's and infants' clothes are here. Frocks for tiny tots are of white and coloured organza, voile, and silk, just a touch of hand embroidery or smocking giving distinction. All kinds of little jackets of silk with hand work, or knitted in wool and silk, and finished with ribbons, are ever so pretty for baby. So are the dainty bonnets of fine muslin and lace, as well as those of artistic crochet. Sun-bonnets of coloured organza shown by Miss McHugh are the prettiest collection possible. Small girls look their sweetest in these bonnets, that poke over the face, and as well as being pretty the bonnets provide shade. Quite a lot of variety is presented in their cut and finish.

Crocheted silk and mercerised cotton hats for baby boys and girls are useful and reasonable in price. In fact, everything baby and small children require in pretty and useful clothes is stocked by Miss McHugh the year round. Another interesting department is the needlework concerning house and table linen generally. Lovely indeed are the hand-worked tray cloths, doylies, and towels, etc., in white, piche-lieu and broderie anglaise are executed  wonderfully well.

Beautiful eyelet embroidery is revealed in Madeira tray cloths, centres, and doyleys. Hand-made handkerchiefs are so dainty as to look as if hands had not touched them. This little chat merely touches upon the pretty things to be seen. Miss McHugh takes orders for all kinds of needlework, and orders are carried out faithfully, with greatest satisfaction to patrons

17 Dec 1927

MISS C. E. McHUGH Charles-street
The Rendezvous of Treasure Seekers

This well-known and popular fancy shop is as usual well stocked in all kinds of beautiful hand-made fancy work, and for this Christmas season special effort is put forth successfully to offer numerous patrons the best of everything. The charm of this shop is its artistic and decorative work, combined with the usefulness of everything presented. The prettiest and daintiest of children's and infants' clothes are here. Frocks for tiny tots are of white and coloured organdi, voile, and silk, just a touch of hand embroidery or smocking giving distinction. All kinds of little jackets of silk, with hand work, or knitted in wool and silk, and finished with ribbons, are over so pretty for baby. So are the dainty bonnets of fine muslin and lace. Sun-bonnets of coloured organdi shown by Miss McHugh are the prettiest collection possible. Small girls look their sweetest in these bonnets, that spoke over the face, and, as well as being pretty the bonnets provide shade. Quite a lot of variety is presented in their cut and finish. Crocheted silk and mercerised cotton hats for baby boys and girls are useful and reasonable in price. In fact, everything baby and small children require in pretty and useful clothes is stocked by Miss McHugh the year round. Another interesting department is the needlework concerning house and table linen generally. Lovely indeed are the hand-worked tray clothes, doyleys, and towels, etc., in which Richelieu and broderie anglaise are executed wonderfully well. Beautiful eyelet embroidery is revealed in Madeira tray clothes, centres, and doyleys. Hand-made handkerchiefs are so dainty as to look as if hands had not touched them. This little chat merely touches upon the pretty things to be seen. Miss McHugh takes orders for all kinds of needlework, and orders are carried out faithfully, with greatest satisfaction to patrons. This popular novelty shop is specialising this Christmas in Kanka dolls, whose quaint dresses are entirely of "hankies," even to the smart little cap. Special lines are shoe trees, coat hangers, garters, and many lovely lines for baby.

4 June 1931

Miss McHugh's Prize for Baby's Frock

Miss C. E. McHugh, 129 Charles-street, Launceston, is giving a Baby's Bunny Rug for the best Baby's Frock made from either 2 or 3-ply Scotch Fingering or 3-ply Lady Betty Wool. Each entry must have a docket attached of the purchase of the wool from McHugh's Shop

18 August 1923

C. AND L. McHUGH, 131 Charles-St. _Hand Embroidery a Speciality.

 C. AND L. McHUGH--For Dainty Handkerchief, Doyleys, Trays, Tea Cloths.

C. AND L. McHUGH--For Infants' Woolen Vests, Modesties, Jackete.

C. and L. McHUGH for Woollen Coatees Scarves, 7/6 to 10/6. Special.

C. AND L. McHUGH--One only Grey Woolen Costume, to clear, 57/6.

C. and L. McHUGH are Agents for Pauline Reliable Patterns.

5 September 1928

Applique Your Linens Those of us who are not so very industrious, or perhaps have not much leisure, and yet love to make pretty things for our homes, will be highly delighted with the latest vogues in fancy needlework for spring. Miss McHugh, Charles street, has just unpacked a new shipment of traced needlework. Appliqued work I am sure is destined for great popularity. Don't you think it will be most fascinating to cut out leaves, fruit, and flowers traced on pieces of coloured stuffs and sew them with a few simple' stitches into the positions marked for them on white linen. When you have finished there will be a table cloth adorned with a bright and charming design.  Miss McHugh can show you applique designs ready for working on runners; afternoon tea and supper cloths; doyleys, and numerous similar articles;

Organdi pillow shams, lace-edged and traced for dainty stitchery, are probably the most delightful of all the pretty novelties Miss McHugh has to show. They are in the sweetest tints of salmon and peach pink, blue, mauve, green. and apricot-another indication of color's conquest of boudoir linens.

Protecting the Polished Table

We are going to work linen mats to take the place of wooden and bend stands which hitherto have protected our tables from hot dishes. These "last word" notions at Miss McHugh's are round or oblong (there are four sizes), spoked at the edge, and traced with simple designs for embroidering. They form a small bag into which a cork mat is fitted. The new lazy daisy designs are legion and daintier than ever. Of course at this up-to-date fancywork emporium you can obtain all the coloured threads and materials for working. Any of the novelties mentioned can also be worked to your order. Simple darning stitches worked in soft silk on crash adorn a cushion in butterfly design. If you are entering work for the show you can get practically any article you require at Miss McHugh's, stamped with design for any type of stitching. Even baby frocks and bonnets I noticed amongst the new stock.

10 October 1928

At Miss McHugh's the burden of making one's own dainty silk things is lifted. I saw this week three charming sets made to order at this establishment. One was trimmed with fine lace; the others had pretty crochet edgings.

Flowery Bonnets and Silken Frocks.

The little ones are well looked after at Miss McHugh's. Frocks for toddlers of all ages can be had knitted in silk, and there are also silk knitted cardigans. In material frocks one of the daintiest I have seen this season for a small girlie is at Miss McHugh's, in white voile with a lacey yoke, the hem scalloped and embroidered. Bonnets of floral muslin are in many pretty shades. Miss McHugh, who also specialises in infants' wear, is showing a nice assortment of garments for the "littlest ones of all."

20 November 1929

Holiday time is coming, and week-end trips to the sea, or country will soon be the order of the day. When packing you will bless the friend who gave you a travelling toilet outfit for Christmas. Miss McHugh, in Charles street, has a gentleman's travelling outfit, containing everything that is necessary in a neat folding case. Towel washer, soap, nail and tooth brush, shaving cream, shaving brush, razor, comb, and mirror are all there. The lady's outfit is equally well equipped for her use. Yardley's sets in various sizes for either sex make useful presents. Lavender caskets contain toilet soap, face powder, and lavender water in the 1749 brand. Miss McHugh" has a large assortment of travelling compacts in various well known brands. Boxed handkerchiefs and soaps, bath salt tablets, fancy lavender goods, Bridestowe lavender sachets, pincushions, lavender dreams, calendars, etc.. mending outfits in small book form and cases, fancy tape measure, thimble and thread containers, animal-shaped sponges, are some of the many novel ties that are to be seen at Miss McHugh's. Ready Packed It is a great help at the busy festive season to have your gifts already boxed. 'Miss McHugh has shoe trees, coat hangers, and sets comprising coat hangers, shoe trees, and garters, artistically trimmed packed in fancy boxes ready for posting away. Kiddies' sets consist of wee coat hangers and garters,

13 December 1930

A Christmas Scene

Very festive and in harmony with the Christmas season is Miss McHugh's (Charles-street) window and shop, where lots of novelties at all prices have just been unpacked.

There is a splendid assortment of boxed gifts. Dainty beribboned coat hangers and shoe trees to match form sets in gay boxes, or again there are coat hangers and garters. Useful children's gifts, and some that they would feel so proud to own, are pretty boxes of shoe trees, coat hangers, and garters trimmed with soft coloured ribbons. Feather dusters in all the colours of the rainbow are also in presentation boxes. There are powder puffs in all shades, beautiful dolls' heads for making useful gifts, mending outfits. Bridestowe lavender boxed gifts. A" new Bridestowe set that should prove very popular this year is a little case containing a small bottle of lavender water and a sachet, the price of which is 2s i9d. There are baby toilet sets in boxes, and a pretty blue lined box in which are baby's brush and comb of white xylonite is 4s ltd. The boxes of fancy soaps, and bath salts, and Yardley's Mitchem, and 4711 soap and perfume. make an effective display. There are needle cases and travellers' outfits. The latter makes an ideal pre sent for the holiday girl, It consists of towel, washer, and soap in small waterproof wallet. A Load of Lavender Looking at the window display of Miss McHugh's Christmas goods one notices saucy eyed little ladies with waved hair and frocks of tulle, drawing fairylike chariots, which are laden with sweet scented lavender. The chariots, which are made of gauze and tulle, are harnessed to the dainty little dolls with ribbon reins. They make a very quaint dressing table ornament, and the price is surprising, being merely 4s 6d each.

The whole window and inside display is noted for the pretty lavender novelties. Other ideas are beautifully dressed little dolls with huge tulle hats and long widespread frocks of silk or satin trimmed with swansdown. Upon lifting a panel of the frock one finds a receptacle for hankies, brush and comb; etc. Another doll hides a little bedside bell beneath her full skirt. A New Beach Bag Among her other new goods Miss McHugh has opened novel beach bags, which for the holiday maker are ideal gifts. These are a Semco article, and are traced with a simple design ready to work, and are lined with rubber.

14 August 1936

SHIRLEY TEMPLE DOLL

What little girl's heart would not miss a heat at the prospect of owning one of the lovely and realistic Shirley Temple dolls that are now showing at Miss C. E. McHugh's children's wear specialty shop, 129 Charles-street. Parents should take advantage of Miss McHugh's lay-by system, and so secure one of these dolls for their little girl for Christmas, or perhaps a birthday. Miss McHugh is now having a sale, and all lines are reduced.

16 September 1936

VOGUES AND VANITIES

Far famed Miss McHugh of 129 Charles street, Launceston, is famous for art needlework and baby wear. Not only does the mail order department cover the hole of Tasmania, including many regular customers living in the southern capital, but they have regular customers as far away as a Queensland. The art needlework on display at .Miss McHugh's is so near perfection that it is well worth a visit to see, and Miss McHugh is always happy when she is assisting purchasers of her traced linen to choose the right blend of colours from her very full range of embroidery threads.

Many may not know that McHugh's have an up-to-date dressmaking department above their shop, where a very competent costumiere is engaged in giving that expert attention that is necessary if you are to feel that your dress or costume is just right. A. special feature of Miss McHugh's activities that has been causing a lot of attention lately, and, incidentally swelling her sales, is the lovely range of Shirley Temple dolls, as well as a beautiful range of dolls at a lower price.

Miss McHugh has already had record sales with her dolls this season, and you are advised to inspect early. Fresh stocks are arriving each week. After nearly 20 years at 129 Charles-street, there is really nothing Miss McHugh does not know about fixing up babies layettes, and she is never so happy as when she is assisting mothers with this important beginning of baby's career. Miss McHugh loves babies, and her knowledge and understanding ensure mothers of a real welcome to her shop.

Another popular feature is the spokestitching, which is done on the premises. Miss McHugh feels confident that her spoke-stitching is "just a little better than the best that is done elsewhere.

8 December 1937

Christmas shopping suggestions would not be complete without mention of that charming baby and gift store, belonging to C. and L. McHugh, in Charles street. I gazed admiringly into this and that, and decided that here one can buy things which have a distinction and individuality which appeal to eye.

29 October 1941

Concerning Baby's Wardrobe Rows and rows of exquisite smocking-tiny fragile little gowns most beautifully made-oh, babies and their clothes are lovesome things! I never see Miss McHugh's shop in Charles street without stopping to gaze into the window, and if I have time I wander inside to see more of the drawers full of babies' and toddlers' clothes. Exquisite shades of pink, blue, green, and of course white materials are made into little frocks that would add the finishing touch to the adorable picture your little girl makes as she steps out proudly proclaiming the fact that she has attained the exciting age of three whole years: Are you preparing a layette of tiny garments for the "little stranger"? If so, do visit Miss McHugh and see the dozens of little clothes that would be really lovely acquisitions to the wardrobe of baby clothes you are collecting.