Dunfermline and Rosyth in old picture postcards volume 2

Dunfermline and Rosyth in old picture postcards volume 2

:   Eric Simpson and George Robertson
:   Fife
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-6316-3
:   128
:   EUR 16.95 Incl BTW *

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9 Bashie Cascarino is now a young man working for himself with his name adoming his ice-cream cairt, as we see in the street view (above). Selling wafers and sponges, he boasts ofhis 'HIGH CLASS lCES' . The same horse (Peggy was her name) appears in the lower photo. This photograph was probably taken at alocal fair. Note, adjacent to Bashie's cairt, a wooden caravan and a fenced-off tent with a notice which reads: "The FirstVisit Of'I'he Old Gypsy Queen.' As the placard indicates, she was a palmist. Bashie (19061990) was an amateur boxer, which explains why in later years he had a bit of a flat-

tened nose, He was wellknown for his generosity and open-handedness,

10 Back now to the New Row, we see another greatly changed street scene. We are looking up towards the High Street from the Central Auction Market (right). On the High Street/Bonnar Street corner, we note another shop - [arnes Dick, grocer's, which was the forerunner of the DCI. It is reputed to be the first shop in the town to have electric light. Beyond on the Inglis Street corner, we see the UnionInn.

11 This early 20th century view of the High Street reveals that Craig's bakery shop on the extreme left sold Dunfermline Abbey Rock. (There was also a Carnegie Rock and Robert the Bruce Shortbread.) The next shop, Dan Thomson's, displays external docks. He was of course a watchmaker and jeweller, This business survived until 1974. The adjacent two-storey building was demolished in 1 93 1 to make way for the new Regal picture-house. The next block shows a sign advertising 'FINEST lCES & BlLLIARDS'. These premises belonged to Angelo Maloco. (See volume I captions 28 and 29.) On the sunny side of the street, the sunshades are up and, a sign

of changing times, two of the ladies have dispensed with hats.

12 Craig's bakehouse, which was located in the Regal Close, was taken over by HerbertT. Macpherson who was flitting premises from the nearby High Street. This photograph, taken seemingly just after the outbreak of war in September] 939, shows a very crowded window display and a number of external display boards and postcard racks. Indeed a number of the postcards reproduced in this book, and our previous one, were published by HerbertT. Macpherson under the trade name of the Herbert Series. Note the variety of goods and services provided. Books on sale included 'Gene with the Wind' (5/-), 'Iust Williarn', and

Pear's Encyclopaedia (cast 2/6). An obviously new poster exhorts customers to withstand the rigours of the war time blackout by pureliasing Waddington's Indoor Games, including Monopoly,

Totopoly, and Lexington. Beside the door there was a paper rack with only one magazine on it - the autumn number of Punch (price 1 I). Even the rubber mat in the doorway carries an advertise-

ment. Customers are invited to 'Ask for Stepheri's Fountain Pen Ink'.

13 Back on the High Street, we are now at the foot of Douglas Street. One of the posters at the ncwsagent's door gives us the approximate date. It refers to a speech by Lord Kitchener regarding the duration of the war. Kitchener was Secretary for War from August 1914 until his death in June 1916. It is worth noting that the postcard publisher emphasised their patriotism by stating that their cards were guaranteed to be of British manufacture. Prior to the Great War, most postcards were printed in Germany. Are the gents scanning their newspapers (on the right) reading about the war or the racing results?The tramcar has come from Lochare and

is heading west towards RumblingwelL

14 Proceeding west, we arrive at Hepworths, a chain gents' outfitters. Other firms, in this early 1930s card, inelude, on the lefi, the Bruce Restaurant and Café with baker's shop on the ground floor and, on the right, Greenlees & Sans, shoemakers. All these firms have now departed from Dunfermline, except for Boots, who then occupied a small store next to Bruce the baker's. The direction the cars are facing remind us that rwo- way traffic was then the norm. Oneway traffic was introdueed to Dunfermline in 1 95 1 .

1 5 In this early 195 Os postcard, we see yet more multiples - including Woolies, which crossed the raad in 1938 (see volume I, pictures

1 to 3). Other multiples were the Fifty Shillings Tailor's and Claude Alexandcr's (yet another gents' tailor). These stores have gone, as has C. Smith & Sans, park butcher's, By this time, too, the tramears had gone.

16 Now we go back in time to 1911, when the Coronation proclamation of

George V was made with great pomp and circumstance. The ceremony is taking place on the High Street outside the guildhall (now the Job Centre). Note the then location of the mercat cross and the oddly-placed ornamental gas street lamp. It is na wonder that the suffragette movement was sa active at that time, for there is not one woman on the platform. But wornen and children were graciously permitted to spectate from the first floor windows. While the Provost, Robert Husband, wears his official garb, the other toon councillors and important

guests wear the obligatory top har and frock coat.

17 looking towards the Toon Hoose, we see a boxshaped cart in the distance and on the left a milk lorry The be-gaitered milkman is serving a laddie, tilting the milk churn towards him in the proeess. It was cornmon practice for eustomers to be served their milk by the jugful. By the dress and the style of motor vehicle (extreme left) the time is the early

I 920s. The shop behind the milk lorry is Mack's Stores, which sold clothes and toys . amongst other items. In

19 13, as an inducement, the proprietors reimbursed the cast of tram fares paid by customers from outlying villages. Ladies' fleece-lined coats sold for 1 5/ 1 1 d and blouses for

3/1 1 d. lts toy department was' second to none in Scotland'. After closure in 1924, the premises were taken over by Budge, the drapers.

18 The Burgh Chambers, completed in 1879, are a focal point in this High Street scene. Originally, the architect intended that the tower reach only as far as the four turrets. The city fathers in their wisdom decided otherwise, having the tower raised by 11 7 feet in order that the dock faces be more widely seen. In the earlier postcard (left) the corner shop on the right, C. Murie & Son, sold ready-

made dothing for men, youths and boys. We note that a Gospel Hall is above this store. By the time of the

right -hand card ( 192 Os), the Dunfermline Co-operauve Society had moved into this site with a ground floor shop and signs up above advertising their lunch eon and tea rooms. The Scot Shoe House occupied the shop on the oppo site corner. Next to it, we see a second café with lunch

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and tea rooms and, across the street on the south side, we see yet another catering establishment.

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