Dundee in old picture postcards volume 2

Dundee in old picture postcards volume 2

:   Norman Watson
:   Dundee
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-6682-9
:   80
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Since the first volume Dundec in old picture postcards was published in 1997, the city and its environs have undergone far-reaching change. This is na better illustrated in the first instanee than by charting its transforming physical appearance. Dundee's world-class reputation as a centre for scientific research, for example, has been enhanced by the opening of the f, 1 2 million Welkome Trust research centre on Hawkhill, and through NCR's decision to site a major research and development factory on Kingsway West to reinforce its position as one of the world's leading producers of automated teller machines.

Technology Park, on the city's western outskirts, has continued to harness sustainable inward investment opportunities, and major call eentres for BT, Norwich Union and the Bank of Scotland complement emerging strengths in creative industries on this important development site. Elsewhere, a city-wide campaign to win Civil Service jobs has led to three government agencies being sited in Dundee.

The stunning f,250 million new Overgate shopping centre, building on a f, 26 million redevelopment of the Wellgate centre, has led the way in the reinvigoration of

Dundee's commercial heart, to the extent that Dundee city centre was named UKTown Centre oftheYear in 1999. These developments are now enhanced by a mix of new business es and retail outlets at the innovative City Quay complex.

Since the publication of volume 1, Dundee has also enjoyed a grovving reputation as one of the country's eentres of educational excellence. Now with two universities, the student population reaches 26,000 during term time, with 4,000 graduates every year, and the sector remains one of the biggest influences and contributers to life in the city.

Culturally, the opening of Dundee Contemporary Arts in 1999 transformed the Perth Road area. Along with the ever-popular Dundee Rep theatre and the new Sensation science centre nearby, DCA forms a triangle of popular attractions now regarded as the city's Cultural Quarter.

Leisure provision has also been improved through the opening of Dundee IceArena on the city's western outskirts. Recently Dundee has planned a 30,000 capacity dual-use stadium at Caird Park as part of Scotland's

bid to host the Euro 2008 football competition.

Elsewhere, Captain Scott's polar research ship Discovery, an icon of Britairi's pioneering past, remains a totem of the city's future dynamism. In many respects the city has rediscovered itself since the ship's arrival in 1986. Boasting the award-winning Discovery Point, home to RRS Discovery; and Verdant Works, the 1999 European Museum oftheYear, Dundee attracts some 570,000 visitors every year to its multifarious visitor attractions.

Dundee, then, has undergone a period of reinvention. increasing confidence and discovery, and gradually receding are the problems with image created through misjudgements on the city, which have dogged it since the era of jute dominanee.

So to the postcards and photographs of volume 2.

The constant theme is to show scenes that will rekindle memories for those familiar with Dundee, and create interest arnong those yet to discover the city. Mostly, the postcards come from the Edwardian period, the 'Golden Era' when up to 900 million cards were posted annually.

What, I think, they serve to show collectively is that while Dundee may have been a ene-industry town for a few decades either side of 1900, the photographic record of that pertod points to a fine city, which boasted a harbour byThomasTelford, anAdam town house, a Iibrary by the 'greatestVictorian architect' and a park designed by the pre-eminent British landscape engineer.

lts civic heart was beating strongly, it was largely comfortable with many aspects of its appearance, and its people regarded it with pride.

1 Steeped in local folklore, the fameus Wellgate Steps linked Murraygate and Hilltown by crossing Victoria Raad.

The regeneration of the east end of the city centre, particularly the creation of the Wellgate shopping centre in 1977, led to the historie passageway being closed. The steps are seen here in a locally-produced ].B. White postcard from about 1925.

2 Alex Iohnston's shop at the junction of Perth Road and Seafield Road would be regarded as an upmarket delicatessen nowadays. When this picture was taken around 191 0, it was one of a number of Iohnston grocery and provision stores in Dundee stocking a huge range of cheeses, hams and other domestic necessities - such as Bovril! In Victorian times, stores would aften open late to catch trade after the closure of the city's public houses. This meant long hours for the staff, with some female assistants in licensed grocers working an estimated 90 hours a week - much more than a mill worker.

3 This fine study of Stewart Street, off Lome Street, shows life in Lochee bef are the modern Dundee suburb emerged. Scenes of tenements, horse-drawn carts, cobbled streets and barefooted bairns rekindle memories of a more tranquil time, but conceal desperately difficult days for so many disadvantaged families

in Dundee's socalIed 'Tipperary' district, where overcrowding and paar sanitation was a way of life. Lochee was absorbed into the burgh of Dundee in 1859.

4 Dundee suffragettes were at the forefront of the struggle for women's votes in the Edwardian period of heightened militancy. Scotland's first votes-forwamen protest taak place in the city. The first women imprisoned in Scotland were jailed in Dundee and the fust hunger strikes were adopted in the city. Ethel Moorhead, Scotland's most notorious militant suffragette, was a Dundee woman, while some of the worst outrages, protests and violent actions taak place in the city. Here we see the suffrage wornen recruiting for a meeting at Foresters' Halls, Nicoll Street, in 1908.

5 Postmarked Broughty Ferry in 1 91 1 this card

is thought to show the pioneering mothers' and babies' restaurant opened by Dundee Social Union in 1906, the first in the country. The restaurant charged tuppence (1 p) for dinner, but allowed deserving cases free food. lts objectives were to encourage breast feeding of infants and to discourage mothers working in Dundee's mills and factories. The restaurant superintendents, one of whom can possibly be seen on the left, gave mothers advice on baby care and arranged some 1,000 home vislts a yeal" by 1909.

6 A firm surviving from the Edwardian era is Robert Curr and Dewar, the city centre auctioneers. Here we see Robert Curr's Dundee Auction Rooms in Ward Raad around the 1880s. An artiele in

The Dundee Advertiser in August 1909 (at the height of suffrage militancy in

the city!) was far from politically correct when it claimed that the auctioneer's profession was 'threatened by a feminine invasion' ofwomen auctioneers: 'Clearly in this sphere women will not do,' it concluded! Brave talk - the previous census had shown there were 17,421 more wamen than men over the age of 20 in Dundee!

7 Sailing ships line astern in Victoria Dock towards the end of the 19th century rekindle recent memories of the visit to the same dockside area in 2001 of four visiting vessels from the Tail Ships' Race. Dundee's docks were largely due to the design brilliance of the ci vil engineer Thomas Telford, who laid out the West Graving Doek in 1823. King Wil1iam IV Doek opened two years later in front of 20,000 spectators. Earl Grey Dock was completed in 1834.

8 The apparently wellstocked Royal Arch Tearoom was located in Doek Street and from the faint reflections of ships' masts in the right-hand window ofthis 'shop-front' postcard, it can be assumed that it overlooked the docks themselves. Note the large advertisements for Fry's Chocolate - whose in-house advertising postcards change hands nowadays for considerable sums.

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