This poster was issued by Stirling Burgh’s Sanitary Inspector in 1927 to local shops and businesses:

The stern language now reads as dramatic, but at this time the antibacterial effects of penicillin had not yet been discovered. A year later all that changed, thanks to Dr Alexander Fleming.

One of my earliest memories was of the farmhouse kitchen of my grandfather Rab Scott. I recall how cold the stone floor of the kitchen  felt, the glass egg-timer [which as grandchildren we loved to play with], and the strange dangling coils of sticky paper that were suspended from the ceiling. My grandfather Rab had to regularly replace these sticky fly-traps.

The photograph below, from 1893, has my grandfather’s Granny, Margaret Marshall Scott, in the same Drumdruils kitchen:

[Thank you once again to Stirling Council Archives for their series ‘Document of the Month’, from which the information in this post comes from. I would reccomend Stirling Council Archives, whether visiting in person or in browsing their online archive]

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