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Glasgow Guide Books

Postby glasgowken » Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:16 am

At duck's suggestion, a thread on official Glasgow guide books. Do you have any oldies ?
How accurate is the info, any attempts to gloss over the bad stuff ? And lets see those photos and covers :)
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Postby duck » Tue Mar 27, 2007 7:45 am

Great Ken, thanks!! :o
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Glasgow guidebooks

Postby TC1 » Tue Mar 27, 2007 11:29 am

Here are a few to get things rolling:

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Ward Lock, 1920s

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Chronological survey of Glasgow's major buildings from time of City's expansion till 1970s. 1977

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1980

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City tours, History and Architecture, Entertainment, Galleries and Museums, Education and Libraries, Transport, Sport and Leisure, Parks and Gardens, Shopping. 1987
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Postby theduke » Tue Mar 27, 2007 11:46 am

Love the cover from 1977, particularly as it seems to be respectable people in the picture, with a lack of scumbag track suited neds ::): Unlike now :roll:
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The Wee Green Book

Postby Alex Glass » Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:36 pm

Hot off the press.

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Just launched today. Fantastic wee book full of facts, photos and interesting stories.

Should be avialable from all libraries and good book stores.
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Re: The Wee Green Book

Postby theduke » Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:58 pm

Alex Glass wrote:Hot off the press.

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Just launched today. Fantastic wee book full of facts, photos and interesting stories.

Should be avialable from all libraries and good book stores.



That looks like a cracking book Alex, I'm definitely getting one. I was walking in the Green yesterday, it was just so lovely in the sunshine. Its one of those places that Glaswegians sometimes take for granted.
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Postby TC1 » Tue Mar 27, 2007 1:10 pm

Here is the Original version of 'Glasgow at a Glance', 1965

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And here is a 1980's guide to Glasgow Green from The Friend's of the People's Palace.

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Postby Alex Glass » Tue Mar 27, 2007 1:10 pm

Let me know if you have difficulty getting a copy Duke and I will see what I can do.
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Postby theduke » Tue Mar 27, 2007 1:14 pm

Thanks Alex. :)
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Re: Glasgow guidebooks

Postby onyirtodd » Tue Mar 27, 2007 2:15 pm

TC1 wrote:Here are a few to get things rolling:

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Ward Lock, 1920s



I have a copy of this only with a map of the west of Scotland from Inveraray to Ayr on the cover. Curiously there's a note inside apologising for the lack of maps 'owing to War-time difficulties'
238 to 127. All in all a good afternoon's work
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Postby thegazman » Tue Mar 27, 2007 7:10 pm

one from 1901 and another from 1930?
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The 1901 book is excellent
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Postby glasgowken » Thu Mar 29, 2007 12:22 am

Some of my guides, I only collect the official guides published by GCT, but i've also picked up a couple published post-war by the Corporation Information Bureau.
The photo quality in these isn't great, and they tend to be small, but some quite interesting views I think.


Image 1906. A rather whimsical cover, especially the treatment given to the city coat of arms :-)
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The new style guides didn't really change that much, just different covers for each year, and perhaps a few minor updates inside.

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In the 1920's GCT also published guides for those looking to explore further, hillwalkers would take trams to the furthest outreaches of the city. This is how Tom Weir got started,
No photos in these books, they consist of text, sketches, and some rather nice watercolours.

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Postby glasgowken » Thu Mar 29, 2007 12:42 am

Post-war, guides were published by the Municipal Information Bureau, not GCT :-( But at least they still had nice covers.


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Still in the 1960's, a guide to the City Chambers.
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Image And for Kelvingrove. As it was intended to be carried on a visit, it doesn't have any photos, but here's the old floor plan.
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Image Now into the early 1970's. Awful quality photos, but interesting views.
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Linn Park.


These old guides can be bought for a quid or two from old bookshops, the Barras, & Ebay, so well worth keeping a look out for a bit of history :-)
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Postby Smartalex » Thu Mar 29, 2007 6:54 am

Cracking Stuff GK, Thanks for Posting them up. 8)
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Postby TC1 » Thu Mar 29, 2007 9:52 am

Smashing posts GK. Great pics. Thanks.
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