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Re: Painted Advertising

Postby The Egg Man » Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:05 am

Maybe not so much advertising as identification. Biggar's back door in the lane behind the shop. I've searched but don't see this previously on the site. Apologies if I missed it.
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Re: Painted Advertising

Postby Vinegar Tom » Thu Jul 29, 2010 11:02 pm

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Re: Painted Advertising

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Re: Painted Advertising

Postby hambone » Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:56 pm

as a boy growing up in Mc Aslin st townhead ,there was a painted sign on a wall saying EWS with an arrow pointing to Glebe st I think .I know that it meant Emergency War Supplies ,does anyone remember seeing these signs anywhere else in Glasgow ,this would be about 1964 almost 20 years after WW2.photos would be great ,,
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Re: Painted Advertising

Postby banjo » Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:11 pm

im sure there was one in clydebank up until the 70s.
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Re: Painted Advertising

Postby Vinegar Tom » Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:31 pm

Pretty sure it was water, not war supplies. There is one in Blythswood St and I am sure there is a dedicated thread hereabouts ?
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Re: Painted Advertising

Postby Guacho » Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:38 pm

Vinegar Tom wrote:Pretty sure it was water, not war supplies. There is one in Blythswood St and I am sure there is a dedicated thread hereabouts ?


I'm sure there is. Water cisterns up the hill under Blythswood Square to allow fire fighting when the mains had been bombed
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Re: Painted Advertising

Postby Guacho » Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:40 pm

Is it just me or are the capital W's fading even more.......... I'm sure it's been mentioned before :?
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Re: Painted Advertising

Postby stunev » Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:20 am

EWS stood for Emergency Water Supply and dates from the Second World War.

During the war the various fire brigades were combined into a National Fire Service which meant that fireman could be sent to areas where they had no local knowledge.

EWS, an arrow and an indication of distance would typically be painted on a wall or gable end to show where an alternative source of water such as a canal, river or swimming baths could be found when the water mains had been bombed.
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Re: Painted Advertising

Postby Vinegar Tom » Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:16 pm

Guacho wrote:I'm sure there is.


There was. Long ago from HG's Rigsby:

Pgcc93 wrote:One of the major hazards during WW2 was the threat of incendiary bombs.
Such was the risk many business's employed staff to carry out Fire Watch duties which involved long periods on rooftops usualy at night. There was a healthy spin-off in Fire Watch Ladders being erected to allow thorough inspection of roofspaces.

It was acknowledged early on in the war that fire could do more damage than even the heaviest of bombing raids by the Luftwaffe.

As water mains were early casualties after a raid local authorities set up additional means of water supply by means of large street borne cisterns in various locations around the city. The water would have been fed to the fire hoses by manualy operated or steam driven pumps.

Their location was marked in large letters on buildings at street level with arrows and distance markers.
Many of them remained for a number of years after the war and were responsible for number of drownings involving children.

This example is on Blythswood Street at St Vincent Street indicating that it was 200 yards away.

Blythswood Square would have been a good location due to it's postion on top of a hill where the gravity effect would have assisted in firehose performance at the lower reaches.

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Re: Painted Advertising

Postby Josef » Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:36 pm

Vinegar Tom wrote:There was. Long ago from HG's Rigsby:


Apologies for interrupting a serious topic, but : :-D
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Re: Painted Advertising

Postby Vinegar Tom » Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:53 pm

Josef wrote:Apologies for interrupting a serious topic, but : :-D


He is though ? ::):
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Re: Painted Advertising

Postby Josef » Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:19 am

Oh, yes indeedy.
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Re: Painted Advertising

Postby hambone » Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:52 pm

thanks for correcting me ,its water and not war supplies .this would be right as the monkland canal was about 100 yards up Glebe st . :oops:
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Re: Painted Advertising

Postby Gerry B » Fri Sep 06, 2013 10:09 pm

Urbex Towards Dechmont Hill.
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