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Wed May 29 4:27 pm  #1

Some old Govan pictures...

Found these on my hard drive when I was getting rid of some junk.

1920 FILM 1

1920 FILM 2

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Wed May 29 5:17 pm  #2

Re: Some old Govan pictures...

Smashing photo's Jimmy !!.
Visited the Exhibition place across the river from Govan Cross recently and I think there was a similar reproduction of a 1950 or so period house. They also had cars, tramcars , pubs and subway. Well worthy of a visit.
The thing that is apparent from the photographs is how lively the place was then; plenty of people around. Nowadays Govan is very much quieter.

Good stuff thanks,



Wed May 29 9:25 pm  #3

Re: Some old Govan pictures...

Thanks David, I think most of them are on the main site but not too sure.
I know the last one is because it shows where my house was when I was a wee boy in Govan.

the top of the tenement centre of the picture near the bill board to the right and level with the letter "U" in Lyceum was my bedroom when we lived there, many moons ago.

Underneath where it says OFFICE is where the snooker hall used to be. Across McKechnie Street from the Lyceum Cinema was the Lyceum Bar. We used to take the empty beer bottles back there and get pennies for them. Can't remember how much it was, might have been 3d or something like that. The shops to the right of the Lyceum Bar was where we used to spend our pennies in the sweet shop. Always remember cinder toffee and penny caramels. The penny caramels were wrapped in a white paper wrapper with a tartan band printed around it, I think?

Long time ago now!

Coca-Cola 1886

In 1886, Dr. John Pumberton, an Atlanta based pharmacist
was trying to make a medicine to cure headaches. Instead,
he made the world's number one most famous and addictive cola.
Dr. Pumberton was a local pharmacist who by accident, came
upon the formula of Coke, took it to the pharmacy and had it
tasted and sold for five pence per glass. Initially, it was
sold on a drug store only. But within a few months, Coke's
excellent taste grew so popular that it was bottled and sold.

Can anyone remember what happened if you put an asprin into
your bottle of Coke in the 1960's??
I can!!

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Thu May 30 2:50 pm  #4

Re: Some old Govan pictures...

Never tried an aspirin in a bottle of coke Jimmy; hate to think what happened !!.
Good view from your house near the Lyceum I imagine.  Must have been a trek for some folk getting up to that top level in the tenement.



Thu May 30 3:48 pm  #5

Re: Some old Govan pictures...

Yes it was a trek up all the stairs but didn't know any better so at the time it was no big deal. As to the effect of the Asprin in a bottle of coke, there was coca extract in the original recipe of Coca-Cola and as you know, coca extract is usually known throughout the world for its psychoactive alkaloid, cocaine.

Years ago, there actually was cocaine to a small degree in Coca-Cola, hence, the name. It was taken out as an ingredient YEARS ago. Now all you'll get is an ulcer if you mix aspirin with Coke. But it does speed up the effects of taking asprin for to get rid of a headache a little.


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