Whitehall Crescent, Dundee

Whitehall Crescent, Dundee - Ref: WC1110

The original caption of this photograph from the Alexander Wilson Collection is: 'Transport, Horsedrawn, Horse and carriage in Whitehall Street'. The first part cannot be questioned, since it clearly shows a fairly wealthy couple with a young child in a four-wheeled trap.

Joseph Fairweather, sculptor, marble cutter and polished granite merchant (Dundee Directory, 1894-95), however, is listed in South Union Street, or with an office at No. 37 Nethergate (1898-99, the approximate date of the building of Whitehall Crescent).

Whitmair Cycles (for which the hording is presumably an advertisement) are listed as the Whitmair Manufacturing Co., of Maryfield, with showrooms in nearby Union Street (No. 50) and at the Esplanade (near the railway stations), where hire was possible.

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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