This is an advert which I recently discovered on the front page of the Blackheath Gazette, 4 June 1897. It is for the tobacconist shop at 52 Lewisham High Street, which Ursmer Augustin Mabille ran for a number of years.
U. A. MABILLE,
52, HIGH STREET, LEWISHAM.
BRITISH HAVANNAH AND INDIAN CIGARS.
Best Brands of Imported Cigarettes.
Fancy Goods of the Best Quality.
He placed adverts in the Blackheath Gazette on a couple of occasions, also appearing in the 9 July 1897 edition of the newspaper.
During May 2011, whilst visiting the Lewisham Local History Library, I found a very early photograph of Ursmer’s tobacconist shop, dating from 1890, which shows U. A. Mabille located next door to The Joiners’ Arms, a prominent pub in Lewisham at the time. The 18th century buildings in the photograph were demolished in 1907 to make way for the buildings which still stand today.
The photograph is taken from a local history photograph book, Around Lewisham & Deptford, by John Coulter (published 2005; ISBN: 0750941367)