Coles Cafeteria - Art Tea Towel - David Jones Menswear - Art Deco Tiles

Coles Cafeteria - Art Tea Towel - David Jones Menswear - Art Deco Tiles

A good tile is a good tile is a good tile... These have survived 90 years - in style and durability - simple, elegant and brightly optimistic...

Retailer George Coles commissioned Architect Harry Norris to design the new Flagship Store of his Variety Chain, including a Dining Hall modelled on American Department Stores, with the modern aesthetics of the day... 

Mr. Norris and Mr. Coles together designed many of the early Coles Stores which coincided with what's now known as the Art Deco era...

What was the Coles Cafeteria in 1930 is David Jones Menswear in 2020...

and where the Coles Cafeteria Art Tea recently 'returned' to its Cafe Culture origins for a photo opportunity... but can only be purchased at http:/ 


  • Posted by Joy on

    Hi Di,
    Loved your story and love pubcrock!
    My Beautiful Nanna
    loved our reaction
    to “We are going to Town”
    Alighted at Museum Station.
    1.Donut (Tbe first of its kind in Sydney)
    Fascinated by the machine delivering!
    2. Mark Foys walk through. Nanna bought stockings once.
    I thought Nanna was rich.
    One beautiful Lady.
    Love what you do Di.

  • Posted by Pamela morrison on

    Nostalgia and the need to replenish my own tea towel drawer is driving my desire to own some of these beautiful, dinky di Aussie tea towels. Looking at the images, they seem to be made from linen (hopefully) I reckon also that they’re a perfect gift for persons of a certain vintage; people who’ve experienced the unforgettable anxiety of balancing a loaded tray while hoping to grab a vacant table in the clatter and chatter of a Coles Cafeteria. I’m delighted that I heard your call to Macca this morning. How can I go about ordering some tea towels?

    Warmest best wishes
    Pamela Morrison

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