These are a collected miscellany of pictures from varying sources. My field of interest, when I realised history was what I was into, was Victorian London as I couldn’t understand how anyone had made it out alive. To that end I started collecting Illustrated London Newspapers which didn’t really feature Scotland often although I have a few disbound pages I acquired as it seemed unusual they were to be found in this publication at all. In the run-up to the Scottish Independence referendum (2014) I realised I knew very little about my country in order to make an informed decision for this vote and started widening my collection into the books featured, and yet to be featured, on this site. But a few photos, flyers and lithographs made it into my collection prior to books becoming my focus.
A Century of Glasgow Corporation Tram Photographs & Postcard.
Springburn and Mitchell St., Double-deck and Open-top, Glasgow Corporation Tram circa 1898.
Finnieston-bound, Double-deck, Glasgow Corporation Tram no. 1051, circa 1950.
“GLASGOW CORPORATION TRAMWAYS
STANDARD CAR (ANGLED DASH) 1910-1924 FLEET Nos, 1-91; 93-286; 665-685; 987; 1039-40; 1050-1; 1088″
Late 1800s Picture Postcard of the People’s Palace, Glasgow Green. The sender has written across the front, “We want something like this in Liverpool.”
Picture Postcard of Thomas Annan’s premises. On the back it tells you the picture is a coloured “Photo by Annan.” In the top right corner there’s a shield emblem with W P & S within it. Sign above his door reads,
“T. R. ANNAN & SONS.
518 SAUCHIEHALL ST.”
This address is now for the Royal Highland Fusiliers. At the bottom of the picture is the information, “CORNER OF AN OLD SCOTCH STREET, SCOTTISH EXHIBITION, GLASGOW. 1911.”
1863 Print of Edinburgh Castle reads,
Il Castello di Edimburgo
Francesco Pagnoni, Editore.”
Black & White Prints & Photo.
Photo of Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis, attributed to James Valentine, circa 1860s.
Stockwell Bridge, Glasgow, from the Glasgow Green side.
Dumbarton Castle, Drawn by D. Roberts, Engraved by E. Finden. Also reads, “HEART OF MID-LOTHIAN.” and, “London, Published by Charles Tilt, 86 Fleet Street, Decr. 1830.” Disbound from a book entitled ‘Illustrations; landscape, historical, and antiquarian, to the poetical works of Sir Walter Scott, bart.‘
A Thomas Fairbairn print of “The Washing-house, Glasgow Green”, 1850ish.
‘Illustrated London News’ Pages.
A front page depiction of a Scottish tradition. This December 30, 1882, edition reads,
“THE FIRST FOOT: A SCOTTISH CUSTOM ON NEW-YEAR’S EVE.”
As you can see from the clock in the picture, however, it’s done after midnight into the early hours of New Year’s day, rather than on the eve of New Year.
The July 14, 1883, edition depicts the sinking of the ‘Daphne’ at its launch on the River Clyde, Glasgow, with a crew of 200 men onboard.
The same edition also has this full page of illustrations of “THE BEN NEVIS SUMMIT OBSERVATORY.” Pictures listed by number; 1. The Lake, 2. The Hut, 3. Thermometer Screen and Cage, 4. Rain-Guage, Barometer-Cairn, Screen, &c., 5. Barometer, 6. Mr. C. Wragge and Dog Renzo, 7. General View, looking E.N.E.
Winston Churchill in Glasgow. November 18, 1922, entitled,
“CURIOUS ELECTION INCIDENTS: THE TOUCH OF THE UNEXPECTED.”
PHOTOGRAPHS BY TOPICAL, KEYSTONE VIEW CO., C.N., SPORT AND GENERAL, AND PHOTOPRESS.
The caption under the 2nd picture down on the left reads,
“SPEAKING WHILE SEATED OWING TO HIS RECENT OPERATION: MR CHURCHILL ADDRESSING 4000 PEOPLE AT DUNDEE, WHERE HE WAS AFTERWARDS SHOUTED DOWN BY SOCIALIST INTERRUPTERS.”
That under the picture it the right of the latter reads,
“FROM NURSING HOME TO PLATFORM: MR CHURCHILL CARRIED IN A CHAIR BY DUNDEE SUPPORTERS.”
The article text relating to these pictures reads,
“Mr. Churchill at Dundee also provided an uncommon episode by making a long speech sitting (for the most part) in an arm-chair, owing to his recent operation for appendicitis. The meeting we illustrate was that in the Caird Hall on November 11. At a later meeting of his on the 13th, in the Drill Hall, he was shouted down by Socialist interrupters, and the proceedings broke up.”
The June 19, 1886, edition celebrates Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. Headline for this section reads,
“JUBILEE YEAR OF THE QUEEN’S REIGN: HER MAJESTY’S EARLY LIFE.”
The top picture is captioned,
“EARLY DAYS IN SCOTLAND: THE QUEEN AND PRINCE ALBERT FORDING THE RIVER GARRY.”
The article reads,
“EARLY DAYS IN SCOTLAND.
It was not until 1848 that her Majesty and the Prince Consort fixed their Highland House at Balmoral Castle, on the Dee, of which she has given us an agreeable account in the two volume “Leaves from the Journal of our Life,” published in 1868, and “More Leaves,” in 1883. The earlier visits of the Royal pair to Scotland were in 1842, 1844, and 1847, narratives of which are to be found in the first volume mentioned. On the first occasion, in 1842, they went by sea in the Royal George yacht, escorted by a naval squadron, landed in the Firth of Forth, and were the guests of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch at Dalkeith Palace, seeing Edinburgh, of course; whence they travelled to Perthshire, and were received by Lord Breadalbane at Taymouth Castle, “in princely style, not to be equalled for grandeur and poetic effect; it seemed as if a great chieftain, in olden feudal times, were receiving his Sovereign.” The Queen used to read Sir Walter Scott’s poetry and the Waverley Novels to Prince Albert, and they were captivated by the romantic aspect of Highland scenery, costume, and manners, as preserved in the show-places of that country. His Royal Highness was pleased also with Highland sport among the stags and roe-deer, the grouse, and the capercailzie. They visited Lord and Lady Willoughby at Drummond Castle, and returned by sea after a fortnight spent in Scotland.”
Theatre Programmes (undated). On the left is that for the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, and on the right is that for the Alhambra Theatre, Glasgow, signed by Jean Morgan, the actor who played Marguerite in the production of ‘Faust’, to John.
Order form for a production of Faust at the Alhambra Theatre, Glasgow, April, 1960.
Disbound Art Print.