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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69 Dundee fishwives farm a delightful subject for the Raphael Tuck & Son photographer. The fishwives gathered in the Greenmarketareathree times a week to sell from their baskets. Sometimes the 'wives' came from Arbroath - by foot! One of Tuek's Oilette series, the caption on the card reads: 'Early Morning Dundee Market - Waiting for Buyers!'

70 Popularly known as 'Doe Stewart's', the Downfield Tavern in Strathmartine Raad is seen in this rare postcard from the early 20th century. The serni-detached villas which categorize the suburb of Downfield today, were established for the relatively well-off in the last decades of the 19th century. Despite the fortunes, which many of Dundee's mill owners amassed, it has been estimated that f5 million of investment - equivalent to around f.200 million today - flowed westwards to various business ventures in the United States - in the 187 Os alonel

71 Watsan Street and Ferry Raad farmed an important peripheral junction 100 years aga. This fme postcard shows a tram wel] on its way to Monifieth and passing a wonderful sweep of terraeed housing. Dundee's first tramway was established in 1877 and ran along Perth Raad to Blackness Toll.

W?tSO:l Strcet and Ferry Road. Dundee.

72 The Central Hotel occupied the corner site on the junction of Ward Raad and Court House Square and is seen on

a locally-puhlished

j.B, White card. The hotel site is now occupied by offices, hut the Palladianstyle courthouse, which included the police office and jail when constructed in 1833, has undergone recent refurhishment

and continues its original judicial function.

73 David Small's delicate watercolours of bis home city were snapped up by the famous postcard publisher Raphael Tuck for a memorable early series of Dundee 'Oilette' cards. Small (1846-192 7) was a popular local illustrator, and his original watercolours now fetch handsome prices in salerooms. Here we see his depietion of High Street in 1904 with Dundee's ill-fated, muchmissed Town House prominent on the right.

74 In 1901 Americanbased multi-millionaire Andrew Carnegie gave Dundee f,37,OOO for the supply of four branch libraries and a central reading room upon sites which would be provided by local citizens. The Arthurstone, Blackness, Coldside (seen here about 1910) and St. Roque's branch libraties, and the central reading rooms at Ward Raad (which later became Barrack Street museum) dulyopened between the years 1905 and 1911.

75 Look up to roof-level at the bottom of'Whttehall Street and a reminder of one of Dundee's most popular Victorian hotels can be seen in the form

of the wording 'Mathers Hotel' on a gable end. Mathers Temperanee Hotel was built in 1900 and remained 'dry' for the following 69 years, when it became the Tay Centre Hotel. Matherswas frequently used by stars appearing in celebrity coneerts in the Caird Hall. In 1941, however, it was requisitioned by the Royal Navy and its fine views over the estuary were obscured by the black cloth nailed over its windows.

76 Finally, we see a scene from the mid-1960s which might barely see its 50th anniversary if ambitious plans come to pass. There has been considerabie recent talk that the Dundee city centre of the 21 st century should be 'reintroduced' to its historie waterfront. We might, however, have to wait until Dundee in old picture postcards volume 3 to see whether the plans to remove or

realign the landfall roads system, and perhaps even the Tay Bridge itself, come to fruition!


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