Queen’s Park

When I came across this photograph of Queen’s Park, Glasgow, in the CANMORE archive I shed a tear. You might wonder why? In 2005 I became very familiar with Queen’s … Continue reading Queen’s Park

WHOLESALE Druggists

I wonder if anybody alive today recalls Duncan, Flockart & Co.? There were several Edinburgh branches. The business started out in Perth and advertised as “WHOLESALE Druggists”. Below are some … Continue reading WHOLESALE Druggists

The REGAL Cinema

Located in West Calder, West Lothian. The Regal Cinema was opened in 1938. It was designed for pictures and variety. It was equipped with a British Acoustic(BA)sound system. Alterations were … Continue reading The REGAL Cinema

The VIKING Cinema

The VIKING Cinema, Largs, opened on the 3rd July 1939 and was closed on the 4th August 1973. It subsequently became a bottling plant and distribution centre. This landmark was … Continue reading The VIKING Cinema

Tommy Bryce

I came across this photograph in the CANMORE archive. The position of repose made me laugh. The image was annotated “Professor T H Bryce in Shetland. Copied from a photograph … Continue reading Tommy Bryce

Glen Elg

For me, a broch, any broch, however ancient, returns thoughts to family: 2008: 2015:

Empty libraries

I hate to think of empty libraries. The above photograph is of the ‘NON-FICTION’ section of what was once Springburn Library, Glasgow. At the time this photograph was taken this … Continue reading Empty libraries

A gifted pioneer

Of the folk that I would have loved to have met, Robert Louis Stevenson would be first. Next would be Walter Scott. At this “impossible table” I would include one other: Colin McWilliam. … Continue reading A gifted pioneer

Arborglyphs

In 1874, Robert Louis Stevenson and his father, inscribed their initials and a symbol of the rising sun into a tree in the corner of the garden surrounding Swanston Cottage: … Continue reading Arborglyphs

In a time before social media influencers

I came across this prominent advert in the Kirkintilloch Herald. The advert featured regularly in this paper in the years before the first world war:

‘Young lady take charge’

I came across this stylish watercolour sketch in the CANMORE archive. This watercolour design was commissioned by John Sinclair Ltd for his shop, 90A Princes Street. In August 1916 John … Continue reading ‘Young lady take charge’