Cowdenbeath in old picture postcards

Cowdenbeath in old picture postcards

:   Eric Simpson
:   Fife
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-5851-0
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69. There are a lot of people here, sa it is obviously a special occasion. The postmark date on this card is November 1911, not long after the park was opened. Was this picture taken on the opening day? Is the contraption on the left a swey baat? In the pre-relevision era, the Sunday afternoon concerts provided by Cowdenbeath Town Band and other bands were highly popular. Kirk-going and strolling apart, there were few ot her farms of Sabbath-day recreation - legitimate farms that is.

70. Cowdenbeath Public House Society had this golf course laid out on Tollie Hili to the north of the town in 1910. This course replaced an earlier course at Leuchatsbeath. On the verandah we see three players and greenkeeper with rake. Players obviously used very few clubs and had no specialleisure wear. The cricketers, whose pitch was at the rear, also made use ofthe nicely-designed pavilion until the Second World War stopped play. The Cowdenbeath Golf Club was wound up in 1947. Forty years later play was resumed - this time at the new Dora course.

71. Cowdenbeath Wednesday, as their name implies, played in the Half-Day Holiday League at North End Park. This 1912 team of shopkeepers, as the trophies show, were highly successful. Playing against the Lochgelly shop keepers in a cup final in the following season, feelings ran high. A section of the crowd invaded the pitch and the game was temporarily interrupted. The Wednesday team, by the way, won the cup.

72. We show here two successful Cowdenbeath teams of the past. The first team of stalwarts won the Fife Cup in season 1884-85. In the second picture we see the renowned Cowdenbeath F.C. team which won the Second Division championship in 1939, but were robbed of promotion to the top league by the outbreak of the Second World War. In those days the Cowdenbeath players won matches at home no Ie ss than away. The 1938-39 team lost only two league games, their centre-forward scoring 54 goals including nine hat-tricks.

73. Sunday school picnics were eagerly anticipated, as these obviously excited children demonstrate. The year is 1944, the place is the Fountain, and the children are from the Gospel or Union Hall, Broad Street. These photos came from Jack Traill who appears on the right of the close-up view. The haycarts, half-dozen in all, taak the bairns to a field between Lumphinnans and Lochgelly where na doubt the cricketbat and football boots were put to good use. Pneumatic tyres are now in use.

74. Here we see the mixed-sex Cowdenbeath Cycle Club around 1939. The men sported shorts and even plus-fours (so called because they needed an extra four inches of cloth). Scarves too were fashionable casual wear. Were these their own club colours or Cowdenbeath F.C.'s?

75. The bunting, flags and banners are out for the Battle of Britain parade of September 1949, which seems to coincide with some sort of safety drive. Observe the Safety Week banner. Beside the Provost, a bemedalled R.A.F. officer is taking the salute. Has the R.A.F. detachment been sent out from Leuchars or Turnhouse? The spectators include a precariously-perched pair, man and wee girl, above the drapery shop window.

76. We are back now wh ere we started on the High Street. In the cover picture there was not a car in sight. Although few miners in the immediate post-war years owned motors, we are now in an age wh en cars are becoming more numerous. Same horse-drawn vehicles, like the coal delivery lorry on the left, are still to be seen. This was a period offull employment and there was plenty of work in the local pits. On 1st January 1947 the coal-mines were nationalised. For the Cowdenbeath min ers and their families, this looked to be the dawn of a new and more promising era.

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