25 great archive pictures of how we used to shop in Brum

The prices aren’t the only thing that’s changed. The whole look, feel and experience of shopping has changed wildly over the decades – you can drop £ 100 at the tap of a card these days!

We’ve taken a look through our huge archive of pictures of Birmingham shops and markets, and picked out 25 that sum up life before contactless cards, same-day deliveries and giant international corporations.

From Rackhams to C&A, to the Bull Ring and Smithfield Markets, see old-school shopping in action below.

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