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Gabrielle Ray – A Salon of Fragrance and Fashion – The Marylebone Mercury – Saturday 25th March 1911


 Assist the Middlesex Hospital.



One of the most attractive efforts ever made in the cause of charity forms the chief social function of the All-British Shopping Week in London.

Everyone remembers the magnificent work of the late Prince Francis of Teck, and his endeavours to reduce the liabilities of the Middlesex Hospital, Mortimer Street, Marylebone, and neatly everyone has heard of the eminently sensible tribute to the memory of the late Prince in the “Prince Francis of Teck Memorial Fund.” H.S.H. Prince Alexander of Teck has, with characteristic energy, applied himself to carrying on his late brother’s philanthropic undertaking. In spite of his many duties, the Prince works three days a week at the hospital, and there is now every reason to expect that this most deserving and necessary institution will soon stand on a sound financial basis.

The latest scheme to help the Fund is the result of a gift from Messrs. Luce’s of Jersey of over £5OO worth of their British Eau-de-Cologne.

Messrs. Harrods, have placed at the disposal of the Prince a special Salon for the sale of the perfumery, and Miss Gertrude Robins has organised a committee from among the leading ladies of the theatrical profession who will preside at the Stalls of what she happily calls, “The Salon of Fragrance and Fair Women.”

Miss Robins is of course the well-known Actress-playwright. Her performance with Mr. Granville Barker is one of the artistic delights of Miss Lillah McCarthy’s present season at the Little Theatre. Miss Robins comedies, “Makeshifts” and “Pot Luck” are among the gems of English dramatic literature:

Every afternoon from March 27th, the public may purchase perfume from the gracious hands of some of the most distinguished and beautiful ladies of the Theatrical Profession. Never before have so many stars of the first magnitude been associated in the cause of charity, for they represent the cream of the English stage which is the envy of all the nations for the loveliness and grace of its fair women.

There will be no charge for admission to this Salon of Delights, nor will there be any increase in the price of the perfumery.

Luce’s Eau-de Cologne will be sold in the regular sizes from a shilling per bottle. Afternoon teas will be obtainable as usual in the Refreshment Rooms


Among those assisting are : Miss Maud Allan Miss, Audrienne Augarde, Miss Lilian Braithwaite, Miss Nell Carter, Miss Dolly Castles, Miss Pauline Chase, Miss Laura Cowie, Miss Lillah McCarthy, Miss Phyllis Dare, Miss Constance Dreyer, Miss Clara Evelyn, Miss Madge Fabian, Miss Audrey Ford, Miss Iris Hoey, Miss Ola Humphrey, Miss Julia James, Miss Marie Lohr, Miss Doris Lytton, Miss Mabel Love, Miss Cicely Courtneidge, Miss Olive May, Miss Unity More, Miss Gabrielle Ray, Miss Nina Sevening, Miss Madge Titheradge, Miss Rosalie Toiler, Miss Ethel Warwick.


The Salon will be open daily at two o’clock.


The Marylebone Mercury – Saturday 25th March 1911


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Gabrielle Ray – Salon of Fragrance and Fair Women – The Daily Mirror – Wednesday 22nd March 1911



 Salon of Fragrance and Fair Women During All British Shopping Week.


One of the most interesting features of the all British shopping week will be a novel appeal to the public to help the Middlesex Hospital, for which Prince Alexander of Teck is carrying on the work upon which his brother, the late Prince Francis, was engaged at the time of his death.

Under Prince Alexander’s patronage, Miss Gertrude Robins has organised a committee of the most beautiful and popular London actresses to sell in aid of the hospital British made eau de Cologne in a “salon of fragrance and fair women” placed at their disposal by Messrs. Harrods. The scent will be supplied free by the makers, Messrs. Luce, of Southampton.

Among the ladies who have offered their services are Miss Maud Allan, the classical dancer; Miss Lilian Braithwaite, Miss Pauline Chase, beloved of Peter Pan lovers; Miss Ivy Lilian Close, Miss Phyllis Dare, Miss Marie Lohr, Miss Lillah McCarthy, and Miss Gabrielle Ray.


The Daily Mirror – Wednesday 22nd March 1911



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Salon of Fragrance and Fair Women – The Stage – Thursday 30th March 1911


Miss Gertrude Robins, Miss Pauline Chase, Miss Nell Carter, Miss Phyllis Beddells, Miss Laura Cowie, Miss Phyllis Dare, Miss Iris Hoey, Miss Dolly Castles, Miss Marie Lohr, Miss Maud Allan, Miss Lilian Braithwaite, Miss Constance Drever, Miss Cicely Courtneidge. Miss Gabrielle Ray, Miss Madge Titheradge, Miss Julia James, Miss Ola Humphrey, Miss Lily Shepheard, and Miss Audrey Ford were among the actresses who, in the “Salon of Fragrance and Fair Women” at Harrods, sold scent on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in aid of the Prince Francis of Teck Memorial Fund.


The Stage – Thursday 30th March 1911

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Salon of Fragrance and Fair Women – Daily Telegraph & Courier (London) – Wednesday 29th March 1911

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Red Cross Day – The Daily Mirror – 1915

Red Cross Day - The Daily Mirror - 1st December 1915

Red Cross Day

Famous Women and Well-known Actresses as Harrods “Assistants”

Those who go a shopping at Harrods in the Brompton road today will find there such an array of charming “assistants” as never before was known.

This Harrods Red Cross Day, and famous women and well-known actresses are acting as Harrods saleswomen for to-day only, and a percentage of all takings in the big store goes to swell the funds of the British Red Cross.

For instance, men who go to buy socks or ties may be served by lady Randolph Churchill or Lady Maud Warrender.

The Duchess of Rutland, Lady Anglesey, Lady Curzon, Lady Diana Manners, and Miss Cunard will attend at the jewellery counters.

Miss Ethel Levey and Miss Dorothy Minto will explain the beauties of the very “nuttiest” thing in men’s shirts; Lady Alexander and Miss Gertie Millar are in the fruit and flower department.

You may buy your lace from Miss Margaret Cooper, your groceries from LadyFripp, a fan from Miss Gladys Cooper, a box of cigars from Lady Astbury, and a box of Christmas crackers from Miss Gabrielle Ray or Miss Iris Hoey.

It is not a bazaar; everyday prices rule. The sales-women will have a collecting box and if any customer should feel inclined to pay a little more than the marked price of his purchase, well – all that is put into the collecting boxes goes direct to the Red Cross.

The Daily Mirror, 1st December 1915

Red Cross Day at Harrods – The Times – 1915

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All British Shopping Week – 1911

Famous Actresses as Saleswomen.

The All British shopping week at Harrod’s has provided an opportunity for a further appeal on behalf of the Middlesex Hospital. The hall, which was formally devoted to costume models from Paris, has been transformed into “a salon of fragrance and fair women,” a title which suggests the scene in the afternoon when some of London’s most famous actresses temporarily assumed the duties of saleswomen.

On a number of tables daintily draped in lavender and gold, with a plentiful splashing of the national colours were displayed the wares of which they had undertaken to dispose – neat little bottles of British eau-de-cologne made by the British house of Luce who are established at Jersey and Southampton. This form had supplied the perfumes gratuitously in order that the hospital might benefit to the fullest possible extent.

All approaches to the salon were closed at two o’clock and at a quarter to three, when the sale began the hall speedily filled by a crown which had been gathering in volume for the previous half-hour. Prince Alexander of Teck was unfortunately unable to attend, but he was represented by Lord Duncannon. Among the ladies who gave their services were: Miss Maud Allan, Miss Phyllis Dare, Miss Lillian Braithwaite, Miss Pauline Chase, Miss Marie Lohr, Miss Lillah McCarthy, Miss Gabrielle Ray, Miss Audrienne Augarde, and Miss Constance Drever.

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser – Tuesday 28th March 1911

  New Zealand Herald  8 May 1911 Page 9


[from our own correspondent.]

London, March 31. This week has been a great time in shopping centres—it has been the ” All-British Shopping Week,” and all the shopkeepers gave undertaking to dress their windows with goods ” all guaranteed British fabric and manufacture,” or ” mainly British”— this latter saving clause sometimes merely meaning that though the materials have been imported from foreign countries, British labour has brought them to their present state of completion. Brisk buying is reported, and not only have the displays resulted in business, but they have furnished many useful lessons which will doubtless have an important bearing in the future of British trade.

Until this week no one had any idea of the vast range of things having origin in some part of the British Empire. At the outset of the awakening, one is, inclined to wonder why anything of foreign origin is ever asked for at all, for, apparently, everything that is a necessity can be produced within the Empire, to say nothing of much that is luxurious.

Without a doubt Harrod’s was the centre of principal attraction, for arrangements had been made that a number of actresses, well known and popular, should preside over the Salon of Fragrance and Fair Women, in order to sell All-British Eau tie Cologne, the proceeds to go to the Prince Francis of Teck memorial fund, now being raised to clear the Middlesex Hospital from debt. The sale was organised by Miss Gertrude Robins, and the whole of the scent Mas supplied free for the benefit of the fund by Messrs. Luce, of Southampton and Jersey. Most of the purchasers went away with more bottles of scent than they could comfortably carry, to say nothing of securing a souvenir in the shape of a book of photographs of the saleswomen and of obtaining their autographs. Some who volunteered for this duty for “sweet charity’s sake” were: “Miss Pauline Chase (of “Peter Pan” fame). Miss Lilian Braithwaite, Miss Phyllis Dare, Miss Ola Humphreys, Miss Lilah McCarthy, Miss Made Titheradge, Miss Marie Lohr, Miss Olive May, Miss Gabrielle Ray, Miss Adrienne Augarde, and others too numerous to mention. Every day keen business resulted, and “fancy prices” were not permitted. It is expected that when the accounts are made up the hospital will have benefited in this way to the extent of at least £500. Miss Olive May remarked that the men looked extremely funny with their arms full of scent bottles and their pockets bulging with, more but they paid up splendidly, and were more generous than the women in paying for souvenirs. Some of the men must have taken away enough scent to last ten families a lifetime.” Each bottle displayed a miniature Union Jack on the stopper, and this immediately attracted attention. The room in which these actresses wore busy saleswomen was lavishly decorated with British blooms.

New Zealand Herald – Monday 8th May 1911

Salon of Fragrance and Fair Women – 1911

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Salon of Fragrance and Fair Women – 1911


Salon of Fragrance and Fair Women – The Times – 1911


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Salon of Fragrance and Fair Women – The Times – 1911

Salon of Fragrance and Fair Women - The Times - 28th March 1911

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Red Cross Day at Harrods – The Times – 1915

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