High Street, Dundee

High Street, Dundee - Ref: WC0276

This photograph shows the Caird Fountain, which stood outside the Dundee Arms (No. 31 High Street), looking south, showing Whitehall Street at the right, a few Nethergate buildings (as far as the fountain) and then High Street leading east.

The shop names match entries in the Dundee Directory for 1895-96. The shop 'Our Sons' belonged to the clothiers, Thomas Young - the name reflects the fact that they were specialist school and college outfitters.

Sinclair & Ewing are described as 'household ironmongers' and their advertisement lists hearths, ranges (i.e. cookers), bedsteads and bedding, as well as carpet sweepers from 10s 6d (=53p) and mangles (for drying clothes) at 25s (a guinea, =£1.05).

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.

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