IN THE years of writing this column I have never come across a pattern book from a Dundee textile manufacturer. Perhaps they were not required for ‘out-of-sight’ jute products, such as sacking, bagging and carpet backing, and possibly the linen lords, like Baxter Brothers, who preceded the jute barons, felt their exports spoke for themselves.
IT IS some years since I wrote here that John Duncan was an artist prophet seldom recognised in his own land.
LIVERPOOL AUCTIONEER Adam Partridge brought back happy household memories.
THE COURIER’S recent feature on ‘The Blackwood Magazine at 200’ exhibition in Edinburgh, courtesy of our writer Caroline Lindsay, enticed a friend to twist my arm into introducing examples from my own collection of periodicals.
ONE ROLE I proudly fulfil is helping with the Great War Dundee project, an umbrella group of organisations which includes archives, libraries, universities, historic groups, private companies and visitor attractions. You may recall some of our events, such as the Loos centenary concert in the Caird Hall in 2015.
MAYFAIR AUCTIONEERS Dix Noonan Webb sold five posy rings in their September jewellery sale – enough for a handful of fingers.
CALL IT a sheltered upbringing...I have been on a motorbike only once. This was on the back of my brother’s 1950-ish BSA Bantam when I was at primary school, or just into secondary. Goodness knows what I was thinking.
DUNDEE TOOK up the printing trade in fits and starts, but the Morison family of Perth brought great distinction to the town – not least by bringing out a Courier newspaper in 1809, seven years before this wee brother came along!
MANY INVENTIONS are disputed. Yet I suspect we would all struggle to name anyone other than John Logie Baird as the individual behind television.
TODAY’S ITEM is offered to mark the 220th anniversary of the Battle of Camperdown, one of the most significant engagements in naval history, as well as the 20th anniversary of a landmark event at the McManus Galleries.