Barber Shop & Watch Repairers
Another bite sized chunk of Blantyre History
Again as you travel along the Main Street (Glasgow Road) on your left, the buildings were of the two storey tenement type shops or storage areas. Bottom floor with living quarters through the close and up the attached stairways.
There were only two important shops that I can remember in this block one was a barber shop for men. Very few of us boys went to the barbers,it was sit doon in the chair bowl on your heed and all that stuck out from the bowl was chopped off, or in the summer the first day of the summer vacations from school the lot was chopped off. It was nothing to see some kids with fresh scars on their heads due to scissors. Quite often mum had to do it, and of course the shoes came off, if you had any.
The other shop was a watch repairers and he had this large clock hanging outside his shop which a lot of people used as their own time piece, large enough that one could see it a block away, if you were sitting in a bus passing the shop you could see the people just by habit take a glance at the clock. It was in those days, much used.
Continuing the conversation between Thomas Dunsmuir Hartman in Chicago, formerly Logan Street, (known as TDH or Drapadew) and Margaret in Queensland Australia on TalkingScot.
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