High Street, Dundee - Ref: WC0316
This photograph reads west to east from left to right, and shows the northern side of Dundee High Street; the Overgate can just be made out in the distance.
It must have been taken between in around 1895, according to entries in the Dundee Directory. The Piper O' Dundee of 22nd December 1897 has portraits of James and William Kerr, and photographs of their five shops.
D. M. Brown, here styled 'trimming merchant', became one of the city's premiere department stores, today occupied by House of Fraser. His advertisement in the 1897-98 Dundee Directory concentrates on kid gloves (i.e. made of highest quality goat skin).
Alexander Wilson who took this photograph, was a supervisor in a Dundee jute mill for over 20 years. He bequeathed much of his collection and £50, to cover the costs involved, to the Free Library Committee of Dundee in 1923.