The advent of mass-market consumerism and quality litho printing brought huge splashes of colour to Glasgow, as every gable end and hoarding was grabbed by advertisers.

This section of Sauchiehall Street - photographed by pioneering Canadian snapper Margaret Watkins, in 1935 - offers enough reading to while away your morning commute. How many of the brands do you recognise or remember?

What seems a wee bit off, is that many of the ads have been pasted up on a hoarding overlooking John Gray & Co's monumental mason's yard. Kind of hard to pick a gravestone for a loved one when you are being urged to buy marmalade, starch, or a car!

A few years later, the yard would shrink in size, and vanish up a lane, as a new parade of shops was built to the left, and the Beresford Hotel took a bit out of the righthand side of the site.

John stayed in business, and was the man responsible for repairing the Stone of Scone, and making a copy of it, after Glasgow University students Ian Hamilton, Gavin Vernon, Kay Matheson and Allan Stuart liberated it from Westminster Abbey on Christmas Day 1950.

The stoneyard even popped up in an episode of The Vital Spark.

The roof of the Georgian villa we see popping over the hoardings is the building that now forms the body of the Garage nightclub.