"Getting a ride
on the open-backed Murchies' milk van was a
big thrill. Can you
imagine that being allowed to do that now?
The Store (Co-Op) milk was
delivered by horse & cart."
Peter Stubbs. Photograph taken: January
Bruce's, The Bakers
were legendary - French fancies,
cream buns, pyramids, pagodas, fresh cream meringues (very exotic in
Clinigan's, Newsagent and
"Clinigan's sold stuff like
ice creams, Cowan's Highland Toffee,
snowballs, Spanish Gold 'tobacco', Lucky Bags, Fry's
5 Boys, Caramac, Blackjacks, Bazooka chewing gum, Duncan's Walnut Whips,
iced tablet, a poke of bonbons, pan drops and Parma
Violets (to mask the smell of alcohol so your dad wouldn't be
" 'The Divi' was a big annual
day out with long queues at Bread Street Coop. There was a loyalty
scheme whereby you got cash back and the money went to buy necessities
such as school uniform, new shoes etc."
Tokens, Coupons and
"I opened my parents' packs
of Kensita's ciggies, to save the
coupons redeemable against gifts. ('We
better hurry up and smoke some more if we're going to get that Li-lo out
the catalogue in time for summer!!')"
Ice Cream - The
Park Café AND Remo's
"Remo was an elderly slim
Italian man with a moustache. He always wore a white coat. The
popular drink was Coke Float (ice cream in Coke).
"FAB 208 magazine was for me.
It had all the lyrics to the hit parade in it so we could sing them on
top of the SMT green and cream bus from St Andrew's Square on the way to
Sunday outings at Gullane Beach, or in whatever car my Dad had bought
from Trotter's Garage in the Pleasance.
Ottie Gall, Barbers
"Ottie Gall, the barbers, was
in the next block (It's still there, as if preserved in aspic with its
wood panelled individual booths.) It was for
I was taken to get my hair cut
at Bob's in Tollcross (the Comely Bank branch came later) where I'd be
allowed to have it styled in a quiff like Billy J Kramer!"
Rankins, Fruit Shop
"Opposite the foot of Leslie
Place was posh fruit shop, Rankins. They even sold fresh
pineapples, melons & tangerines wrapped in blue waxed and gold paper and
posh apples imported from Canada called Macintosh Reds."
Keith Main, London, England: December 20+23, 2008