I saw this mentioned on the BBC website earlier and was rather fascinated. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (who knew) has discovered and published online a really cool trade catalogue from 1905. Here are a few of my favourite pages.
“We are specialists in steam oven building of all kinds, for all purpose and all positions.” They don’t make advertising slogans like that any more.
Herring salesman – what a thing to have on your CV.
This makes Coatbridge look almost glamorous. “A dainty bite, fit for a king” – again with the herrings.
North Shields – Aberdeen – Cape Town. Glamour.
The Midlothian Oatmeal Mills sound like an exciting place to work.
An up-to-date cableway – fancy that!
All images taken from the RCAHMS website, here. I really love this sort of ephemera. I find it quite inspirational. I’d love to translate one of these into cross stitch but it would take a zillion years.