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Glasgow in the 1970s - my Co-op milk round, c1978
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Glasgow in the 1970s - my Co-op milk round, c1978  Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

streapadair wrote:
In the 1970s I was a feckless, ambitionless wastrel (nothing changed there, then), and from time to time when in need of some readies I would put in a few months as a milkman, working out of the SCWS Glasgow South Creamery in Titwood Road. This was the pre-Thatcher era, when jobs were there for the asking, and if you didn't like the one you were in you could go next door and probably get another.

The hours I worked there were bizarre, some days 4am-8am,  others 4am-9pm, and it was a 6-day 48-hour week, but the short days did give me daylight hours at all seasons to wander round with a camera, and much of the stuff I've put up on this site was a result of this.

The doorstep delivery of milk was still just about viable at this time, and indeed there was competition from Cuthbertson's (in Vicarfield St.) and Scottish Farmers  (Helen St. was it?), but already the supermarkets were undercutting the milkman by some margin and doorstep sales were dropping fast. Increasing ownership of fridge/freezers and cars contributed too. I worked for a wage plus commission, but not long after I finally left (early 1979) the Co-op introduced a franchise system whereby the roundsman leased his vehicle and bought the milk from them, effectively working for himself, but I don't think this delayed the demise of the business by many years.

I'm not sure I enjoyed the work much, though it had its consolations, and I can't imagine why I felt the need to record it.  This material, even more than the other Glasgow stuff, I dismissed as worthless and a shameful waste of time, but distance does lend some enchantment, and I can't remember (can you?) when I last saw an electric milk float on the streets of Glasgow, or for that matter a glass milk bottle on a doorstep.

In these photos you will see quite a lot, rather too much I fear, of Morrison Electricar UGB 376H  for which I apologise, and the area I worked at the time, from Craigton via Moss Heights to Cardonald, has changed very little in 30 years so there is next to no historical interest in them. In fact I'm not at all sure it's worth posting this lot, but anyway here goes.


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In my primary school years - 1975-1982 our (FREE) milk came from CWS at Titwood Road, always raised a snigger from the boys in the class when someone read out the address.......
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Hi Fatweegie, I cant see how the address Titwood rd would cause laughter oh how easy it was to laugh when we were young
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

streapadair - what an archive of photographs!

Real people doing real work, they took me right back to my early days, thank you posting them ....... and the foresight in taking them.

I love the styles, the fact that people back then could poke each other with a sharp stick over religion and not call the police in, no Health & Safety to talk of, ashtrays on most of the desks (and I've never smoked!), the girls hairstyles and the men who were just getting on with life as best they could.

And I do agree with a previous poster, such a complete set of images like yours should be kept for the future by a professional archive.

Thank you for taking them and then 40 years later sharing them with us - they've made my day.  
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Cracking pictures.

I was a milk boy for years,Toryglen,Rutherglen,Mt Florida.

Done a wee stint with the Coop,Perrats(sp) was about two year with Scottish Farmers.

Friday night collecting could be a fekn nightmare,bogus milk boys collecting the money an hour before i was due.
Getting chased out of Pinkerton and Old Toryglen,on the back of the float throwing empty bottles at the bassas while Davy the Milk Man was flooring it.
The Milk thiefs?no sonner had you delivered the milk,the bassas would be at your back,it got worse when we started delivering ginger,bread and eggs,they could steal their breakfast.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Oh, this has brought back memories of me as a wee lassie in the '60's, it was great to open the (tenement) door and the milk was sitting there, every door/flat had its regular order! No homogenised stuff then, I always tried to get there first to get the cream on my cornflakes (selfish!)! I remember it was like a Major Incident if somebody had their milk nicked...gawd help the perpetrator if they'd been caught, these 1960's housewives still used rolling pins! :)
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Agree with Doog Doog earlier, who said it was Cardonald School. But I'm sure it was Cardonald Junior Secondary School. This was where you went if you didn't have enough marks to get into Bella or Govan High. In the days of the old Qualifying Exam. Cardonald Primary was in Angus Oval.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

What a great series of photos from the milkman.  I was a milkBOY from June 6th 1980 to January 6 1982 with three different outlets. I am fan of anyone who 'does the milk'.
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Thanks to StreapAdair for posting these superb pictures. Really enjoyed seeing these pictures of Cardonald and Craigton, also the milk depot and workers. Excellent little insight into that period of time. I was a milk boy myself, worked for Cuthbertsons in Govan. Early rise in the morning to walk along the 'miler' from KP to catch my horse and cart (lol) Yes, Cuthberstsons still had a horse and cart delivering the milk in those days (69 - early 70's) when I worked there before going to school in the morning. Great times!
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Great stuff. i was a milkboy form 1985 to 1988. Worked out of wisemans in keppochhill road. our run was burmulloch, the red road flats springburn and germiston.

I used to fall asleep in school because i was so tired sometimes, but i loved it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Thank you very much, StreapAdair.  This is exactly the kind of thing we want to see on these boards.  
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