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Saturday, 11 August 2007

More Old Blairgowrie and Rattray

More Old Blairgowrie and Rattray, Perthshire, Scotland. Due to popular demand Maurice Fleming has compiled this follow-up to his very popular, and 3-times reprinted, Old Blairgowrie and Rattray, and it's packed with even more historically unusual images than the first book. Among the many subjects are street-cleaning in the late 1800s, an aerial view of Blairgowrie from 1939, steam tractors and berry pickers at Essendy, the celebrations for King George V's Silver Jubilee in 1935, the record-breaking flood on the River Ericht in 1910, King Edward VII's visit of 1908, a gypsy with his dancing bear in the early 1900s, a 1930s Scout camp at Easter Bleaton, and Hugh Grant and his Co-op delivery van in the 1930s. The sixty-one images also include a variety of fascinating street scenes showing many of the town's traders from decades gone by - Fleming's department store, Keillor's Restaurant, J & A Reid's baker's shop, Alex Petrie's grocer's shop, Gun's Hotel, the Commercial Bank of Scotland and Alex Steven's barber's shop are just some - while outlying locations such as Muirton of Ardblair, the Devil's Elbow, Spittal of Glenshee and the Heughs of Mause are also covered. More Old Blairgowrie and Rattray.

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