Mr L.B Smith, Managing Director of John Lewis in South Africa

Staff outside the Protea Stores, with Mr Smith occupying the centre seat

Man in charge

The Managing Director of John Lewis ( South Africa) was a Mr L.B Smith, who was the Partnership’s Acting Director of Buying for Piece Goods Accessories, and was at the time a prominent member of Partnership known by many at home in England. Mr Smith can be seen in the photograph below as the gentleman sat centrally in the paler suit. Mr Smith would later go on to be Managing Director of all three South Africa stores, operating from his small office at Protea.

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