Haw, mister - gie us a hurl on yer cart!
The art of the cartAug 3092
Athole Gardens, on the corner with Roxburgh Street, looking down Saltoun Street, 1950 (Pic: Charles Lewis)
(Except, of course, in the West End, the wee ones might have been a wee bit more polite with their request)
Canter into this soggy Friday with this brilliant pic submission, from Charles Lewis (not sure if he's one of the wee ones in the pic).
Charles says: "This one was taken by my father, probably in the late 1950s. It's the corner of Athole Gardens and Roxburgh Street, looking along Saltoun Street.
"The only thing that has changed is the horse and cart and - look, no cars!"
Now, apart from the gallus swagger of the teenager, leather (more likely PVC) jaisket, hands firmly rammed in his pooches, standing on the cart (he'll end up flat on his coupon if the horse decides to stop suddenly!), there is much to admire in this pic.
First off, that Saltoun Street tenement block is the very one that appears in Avril Paton's magical painting 'Windows on the West'. She used to live just opposite, and couldn't resist painting her neighbours.
Both carters, the man and the boy, are way too clean to have been delivering coal, or briquettes, so, what once sat on the bed of that cart? (Remember, in the West End, 'sex' is what coal is delivered in!)
Love the wee guys in their woolly-pulleys (hand-knitted, by the look of it - with big bumffles of material tucked doon the back o' their trews), especially the one in the wellies.
"They're no wellies, mister. They're ma cowboy boots!"
Looking at the scene today, on Google maps, while almost everything matches up, I'm at a loss to explain what we are missing beyond the first block on tenements on Saltoun Street. Today, there is a gap site, but here it looks like there might have once been a church - certainly something tall, perhaps with a spire?
Over to you, West End sleuths...
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