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Second City. Glasgow Photographs 1860 to 1960. These are photographs of Glasgow at its zenith, when it was among the most dynamic cities on earth. In this wonderful collection we see all the elements that made Glasgow great: the world-renowned industries; the majestic buildings; the bustling streets full of exclusive shops; the beautiful parks; the grand theatres, cinemas, hotels and restaurants; the museums and universities. The places featured include George Square, Sauchiehall Street, Buchanan Street, Argyle Street, Trongate, High Street, Central Station, St Vincent Street, Queen Street, the Broomielaw, the river Clyde, Great Western Road, Glasgow Cross, Shawlands Cross, Charing Cross, Bridgeton Cross, the Gorbals, the west end and the east end. There are also photographs of Glasgow's transport system, including the trams, the underground, ferries and buses. Then there are the shops, some like Copland and Lye and Hope Brothers long gone, others like Watt Brothers still with us. Historic pubs, most of them now demolished, feature along with legendary theatres like the Empire and Citizen's. Landmark buildings are also to the fore: Glasgow University, Glasgow Cathedral, the city chambers, Rogano Oyster bar, Glasgow Bridge among them. We are also given insights into the lives of Glasgow's people, from prosperous businessmen to the denizens of the slums, which, despite Glasgow's huge wealth were among the worst in Europe. Many great photographers are represented, among them true pioneers of the art like George Washington Wilson, Thomas Annan, James Craig Annan, Bert Hardy and Haywood Magee, as well as exponents from prominent publications like The Scotsman, Daily Record, Sunday Mail and Picture Post. No expense has been spared in the production of this beautifully designed book. It is a quality hardback with a full-colour cover. and all of the photographs are presented on the highest quality 'glossy' art paper. Most of the photographs are reproduced full page, thus ensuring that these historic photographs of a great city are seen in the best possible light. Second City: Glasgow Photographs 1860-1960.
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