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Fjord

Glasgow 1978 in Colour

These photos are from the JR James Collection reproduced here courtesy of the University of Sheffield.
The year, as the title suggests is 1978. Which saw the Scotland squad on the march with Ally's army at the world cup and Boney M were No.1 in the charts with Rivers of Babylon.
Grease and Saturday Night Fever were on at the pictures.

The telly wasn't much better either, in fact it was worse. Thingummyjig and Garnock Way (think Eastenders set in Lanarkshire with wife beating alcholics etc) being the parochial offerings of the day.
On a plus note Glasgow was looking beautiful  

OK! on with the photo's

Abbotsford Place, Gorbals long since gone, Streapadairs Gorbals photo's will be of additional value here.  











There's more to come!!!  and please feel free to post any of your 1970's Glasgow memories/nostalgia Etc.
Whether it was getting proper kicking on a bit of spare ground behind RS McColls by the local gang or your Aunty's wedding. Fire it up here  
Fjord

Flared trouser's were the height of fashion alas, soot encrusted tennements were not and soon to become landfill at many a hungry dockyard that was in the process of being filled in.

Soot seems to be absent here at gentrified photo of Blythswood Square RSAC Club HQ, the cars are somewhat falling short of the marque though.  



Charing Cross stands then as it does today in splendid indifference



Gordon Street looking east and the stunning Cadoro Building with it's French mansard roof still intact.



Recently pedestrianised Buchanan Street



more to follow.
Fjord

Still on Buchanan Street, some classic shop fronterage going on  





Is it just me or does the built environment, what they call Public Realm these days look far more appealing back then?

Meanwhile the north end of Buchanan Street is still open to traffic... it's days as a vehicular thoroughfare are numbered.



Good old Union Street in it's prime, looks like sh!te these days. The China Palace to name but one fine oriental eating establishment in the Lex Thomson building.

Bambers was always a good starter for 10 in the fashion stakes.




stay tuned
cybers

On yirsel there big man.... A coup de grāce pulling this one together.  
James

Crackers.

Fjord wrote:
Recently pedestrianised Buchanan Street


Jeff Lynne on the left, Bobby Kimball out of 'Toto' in the grey raincoat on the
right, and a bearded Leonard Nimoy up the back.



James H
Marblez

I have only one thing to say ... "More Please"
Fjord

Marblez wrote:
I have only one thing to say ... "More Please"


Here we go...


Castle Street at the Provands Lordship, this areas seen a few changes .



George Square



George Street with Eric and Ernie punting Tennent's Lager



Glasgow Cross


Doulton Fountain still in it's original position in Glasgow Green


I suspect this is the Townhead area not much if anything survives today
Fjord

Sauchiehall Street at Scott Street



Mitchel Street and the Herald & Evening Times still in residence in what will become the lighthouse.


North British Hotel in George Square now the Copthorne with it's hideous glass frontage.



St Vincent Street Church
James

Fjord wrote:
I suspect this is the Townhead area not much if anything survives today

That's Royston, presumably taken from the Charles Street flats. That's
Royston Road at the bottom right with Provanhill Street behind the row
of shops. The shops and attached buildings are still there, but most of
the tenements in that picture are gone. The Townhead Spire can just be
made out on the upper left. The school building middle right is the old
Royston Road primary.


James H
Fjord

Park Circus towers from Sauchiehall Street


A very quiet Great Western Terrace



Likewise at Grosvenor Terrace


St Vincent Street Hat Rack building



Fjord

No Idea where this is I suspect it was in the Gorbals.



A few random pics of the backcourts that look like they are under renovation. The middens are surprisingly clean.  






An example of how a backcourt can look if it's well maintained, somewhere in the westend.
Fjord

St Andrews Street



Willow Tearoom Sauchiehall Street


Trongate



Art Galleries and University, only the motors and the fashions have changed



This isn't from the collection but I thought I'd throw it in here as it was a postcard from the same era. Just look how lush the skwerr looks. And that large bit of open space that's now home to that modern monstrosity of a building

Fjord

James wrote:
Fjord wrote:
I suspect this is the Townhead area not much if anything survives today

That's Royston, presumably taken from the Charles Street flats. That's
Royston Road at the bottom right with Provanhill Street behind the row
of shops. The shops and attached buildings are still there, but most of
the tenements in that picture are gone. The Townhead Spire can just be
made out on the upper left. The school building middle right is the old
Royston Road primary.


James H


Cheer's for that, my geography for that part of town is dismal. The photo looks a lot earlier than 1978 probably 1960's but it was bundled in with the other pics.
Marblez

Mr Norwegian Sir ... some brilliant stuff there, in fact I may have a few "presents" already from your fine collection
norrie

Hi Fjord, great photos, perhaps we may be able to ID them, in time
cybers

Fjord wrote:



The guy before Alex organised a wee wander ???
Hawick_1987

Regarding Union Street - I thought the scaffolding was always part of the decor?  

Another fantabulous set of photos Fjord!  
sputnik

fantastic stuff.i never knew of a mad buyer in castle st.
HollowHorn

Fjord wrote:
Recently pedestrianised Buchanan Street



Looks like at least three people have cameras, the guy at the front has his pockets stuffed with papers (maps & guides?) Looks to me that they are all of one group. I wonder if it was a UG/HG type walk & was J.R. James part of the group?
Stuball

The same group walking into the derelict tenement.... the girl with the mustard coloured jacket gives it away as I'm sure not more than one person owns a jacket of that colour
okaydoak

Rather than a "well-maintained backcourt in the West End",I think that the photo shows a recently-improved one in the Govanhill area.The other tenement photographs would seem to be related to a visit (by Sheffield students) to view the innovative tenement rehabilitation schemes of Assist Architects and Govanhill Housing Association.

The image of the derelict Kings Cafe tenement looks like the east side of Cathcart Road in Govanhill (possibly at the Preston Street corner),which I remember being demolished in late 1977/early 1978.
norrie

Hi oakydoak, you have confirmed the information I got about the Kings Cafe and it was suggested to me that the area was Govanhill  for the other photos

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