Dundee in old picture postcards volume 2

Dundee in old picture postcards volume 2

Auteur
:   Norman Watson
Gemeente
:  
Provincie
:   Dundee
Land
:   United Kingdom
ISBN13
:   978-90-288-6682-9
Pagina's
:   80
Prijs
:   EUR 16.95 Incl BTW *

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9 Advertisements also dominate this circa 1905 photograph of South Union Streel. Everything from Perth Dye Works to His Malesty's Theatre, Hudson's Soap and Oxo are placed before passersby, while, to the left, the familiar sight of Downie's Dining Rooms provide mouth-watering memories of the days of shilling dinnersl Local prices around 191 S were: eggs, 2s 8d a dozen (13p), butter 3s a pound (1 Sp) and rice 7d a pound (3p).

10 Next to a postcard from 1914 and the celebrations marking the royal visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Dundee in July that year. Here we see the royal party crossing High Street.

The entrance to Keiller's factory nearby was transformed into a magnificent floral arch, behind which five hundred employees and former employees of the marmalade family dynasty, all immaculately turned out in white overalls, waited to greet the visitors.

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Olindee, Jtily 1519-.

11 The visit of another queen - Queen Victoria in 1844 - was commemorated by the hurried building of a precarious wooden arch at her point of arrival in Dock Street. Six years later the Royal Arch was replaced with an identical structure in sandstone (seen here about 1900), but in 1964 it was pulled down to make way for the construction of the Tay Raad Bridge landfall area. Note the long ladder, right foreground, for lighting inspections and repairs.

12 In 1907 Lt Ernest Shackleton set out in the former Dundee whaler Nimrod to achieve 'furthest south' . The great polar explorer had strong links with the city.

He stood for election as a Unionist (Conservative) parliamentary candidate in 1906, finishing fourth, and in 1914 he was astounded to discover that the Dundee jute magnare Sir Iames Caird was prepared to fund his TransAntarctic expedition to the tune of ;(23,000 - several millions in today's terms.

1 3 It was another great Dundee ship, the Terra Nova, which secured Captain Scott's place in history by carrying him on his illfated voyage towards the South Pole in 191 0 - from which he was not to return. Here we see the Terra Nova on a commemorative postcard of 191 2. with 'The late Capt Scott' inset. TheTerra Nova was the

last steam whaler built

in Dundee (in 1884) and the last ship built by the fameus Stepheri's yard.

14 Isn't this a heartwarming scene of a bygone age - small boys with pond yachts, girls feeding swans - in the tranquil setting of Stobsmuir Ponds?

But, come winter, every Dundee lad seemed to know when it was time to get the ice skates out for the frozen Stobbiel The scene has hardly changed down passing decades, though today's swans are presumably the severaltimes great grandsons of those pictured here!

15 Ibis is an unusual sight - werkmen laying the foundation stone of the Caird Hall in Iune 1914. Read the wording on the stone today and an explanation is forthcoming the formallaying of the foundation stone taak place the following month and was achieved 'rniraculously' by King George V by electrical conneetion during a visit to Sir Iames Caird's Ashton jute works in Hawkhi11.

16 This fine study from the 1920s shows Castle Lane, which ran from Castle Court in Castle Street. The photographer is positioned close to the

en trance of the Criterion Bar. The Greenmarket runs off to the right. Three polls at three-year intervals in the 1920s allowed Dundee citizens to decide whether they wanted to rid the city of its hard-drinking image by closing down or limiting the opening of its pubs. They were offered No Change, No Licence or Limitation of the licence. On all three occasions the vote was for No Change!

17 Now to a busy Edwardian view of the West Port. This picture conveys why, even today, the West Port retains a strong identity

of its own. Once it was a separate suburb, only absorbed into Dundee as a result of protracted negotiations - sometimes over drawn swords! Formerly a warren of tenements, it is now the focal point for regenerated housing, small individual shops and a prodigious student population.

18 Dundee's hard-drinking reputation (it had 389 public houses in 1nO!) was probably not enhanced by the presel1Ce of two pubs 'cheek by jowl' in the Hilltown - seen here on a R.H. Lundie card postmarked 1911. Note the absence of tramlines in the picture. The 'foor' of the Hilltown, as this card is captioned, was toa steep for the trams. The peak year for trams was 1932, when 79 tramways were in operation in the city.

FOOT OF HILLTOWN. DUNDEE.

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