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1960s Glasgow: Stunning Photos Documenting Streets Scenes And Everyday Life

The 1960s was the era of major unemployment in the history of the city, as coal mines, street works and heavy industries went out of business. The crime rates were also high, especially the new youth gangs that were younger and more violent than the Razor gangs of the 1920s. The tram system was closed in 1962 On the final day of service, and there was a procession of 20 trams through the city, an event attended by 250,000 people. The shipbuilding industry on the River Clyde began to decline. The government started new high-rise towers and housing schemes to replace the tenement slums. Some of them were built outside of Glasgow in new towns such as Cumbernauld and East Kilbride.

These stunning photographs capture streets, roads, bridges, markets, and everyday life in Glasgow in the 1960s. Some photos also depict the life of Glasgow slums.

#1 Interior of John Dalglish & Sons Limited Company, 1962

#4 Morris-Commercial Royal Mail Van, Sauchiehall Street, May 1961

#5 Rattray’s Cycle Depot, 7-11 Murray Street, September 1966

#6 Offices, The ‘Evening Citizen’, Albion Street, 1961

#9 Daniel Brown’s Restaurant, 79 St. Vincent Street, 1961

#11 Glasgow, 19 April 1960 St. Enoch Underground station is now (2010) a Caffe Nero.

#15 Bowling Green, Kelvingrove Art Gallery & The University, 1961

#19 Glasgow, 19 April 1960 St. Enoch Underground station is now (2010) a Caffe Nero.

#20 Co-operative shop, possibly Westmuir Street, 1961

#21 Queen Victoria Fountain (The Doulton Fountain), People’s Palace, Glasgow Green, 1961

#24 Argyle Street, Lewis’s huge department store in the background

#25 Boots store, junction of Jamaica Street and Argyle Street, 1961

#27 Crossing Argyle Street at junction with Buchanan Street, 1961

#28 Presses, The ‘Evening Citizen’, Albion Street, 1961

#30 Argyle Street looking west towards Anderston Cross

#32 After the fire, Glasgow, 19 April 1960 This hugely destructive fire in the centre of Glasgow attracted wide national publicity.

#41 A mother with her five children in poor housing in the notorious Gorbals district of Glasgow, 1969

#48 Bowling, Dunbartonshire, River Clyde near, April 1962

#49 John Dalglish & Sons Limited, machinery manufacturer, Glasgow, April 1962

#56 Argyle Street, Glasgow city centre.Note the Mark 1 Coronation Tram.

#59 The Cheapside fire. Brownie Bear: Yhe fire broke out on 28th March 1960 and continued to smoulder for the best part of a week. 14 members of Glasgow Fire Service died and 5 members of the Glasgow Salvage Corps also died.

#63 A mother and three little children in the interior of their flat in the notorious Gorbals district of Glasgow, 1969

#64 The exterior of slum housing in the notorious Gorbals district of Glasgow, 1969.

#65 Castlecary Train Crash, 1968

Castlecary Train Crash, 1968

A light engine passed a signal at danger after a telephone misunderstanding with the signalman, and collided with a 12-carriage passenger train waiting at the next signal. The driver and secondman of the light engine were killed. Our Picture Shows: Doctor walks away from the cabin of the crashed diesel locomotive.

#67 Glasgow Hurricane, 1968

Glasgow Hurricane, 1968

The twisted crane which collapsed at Sprigburn, Wellfield Street following high wind which hit Southern and Central Scotland in the early hours of the 15th January 1968. The collapsed crane caused residents in the locality to be evacuated. The storm brought havoc to the City leaving 700 people homeless and 9 people dead.

#68 View of the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2, owned by Cunard, being launched down the slipway at John Brown shipyard in Clydebank near Glasgow in Scotland on 20th September 1967.

#69 A train passes Kennishead station, in the foreground the scraps of timber which have been laid on the tracks for sabotage, in Glasgow, April 26, 1965.

#70 View from the south bank Laurieston and Gorbals area of the South Portland Street Suspension Bridge spanning the River Clyde in Glasgow, 1965.

#71 The Scott Monument, Cenotaph and Glasgow City Chambers on the eastern side of George Square in Glasgow, 1965.

#72 Three men play a game of lawn bowls on a bowling green in West End Park with the New Buildings of the University of Glasgow rising behind on Gilmorehill in Glasgow, 1965.

#73 Snow in Glasgow, 1961

Snow in Glasgow, 1961

Chaotic road conditions cause big traffic hold ups in the centre of Glasgow. Pictured, an invalid car getting a helping hand from pedestrians in Bothwell Street while other traffic is held up.

#74 Former Celtic football players visit their former grounds. 26th March 1961.

#75 Cheapside Street Whisky Bond Fire – Glasgow, 1960s

#76 Cheapside Street Whisky Bond Fire – Glasgow, 1960s

Cheapside Street Whisky Bond Fire - Glasgow, 1960s

Tons of rubble and whisky barrels engulf a fire engine, on the morning after a disastrous Glasgow whisky warehouse blaze.

#77 Cheapside Street Whisky Bond Fire. Tons of rubble and whisky barrels engulf a fire engine, on the morning after a disastrous Glasgow whisky warehouse blaze, 1960s

#78 Cheapside Street Whisky Bond Fire – Glasgow, 1960s

#79 Cheapside Street Whisky Bond Fire – Glasgow, 1960s

#80 A Glasgow man attracts a puzzled gaze by pulling a haggis behind him on a piece of string on the anniversary of Scots patriot Robert Burns, 1967

#81 The tenement of John Duddy in Stevenson Street, Calton, Glasgow (above the alley) where the 37 year old was arrested today in connection with the Shepherd’s Bush Murders in London

#82 Aerial view of Flyover, Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, 22nd December 1965.

#85 Children watch as a torrent of water pours out of drains in a Glasgow street during severe floods throughout Scotland, 1964

#86 Police car equipped with a telephone loudspeaker unit, appeals for information in the village of Brill, Wednesday 14th August 1963.

Police car equipped with a telephone loudspeaker unit, appeals for information in the village of Brill, Wednesday 14th August 1963.

The 1963 Great Train Robbery was the robbery of 2.6 million pounds from a Royal Mail train heading from Glasgow to London on the West Coast Main Line in the early hours of 8th August 1963, at Bridego Railway Bridge, Ledburn, near Mentmore in Buckinghamshire, England.

#87 Great Train Robbery, 1963

Great Train Robbery, 1963

1963 Great Train Robbery was the robbery of £2.6 million from a Royal Mail train heading from Glasgow to London on the West Coast Main Line in the early hours of 8th August 1963, at Bridego Railway Bridge, Ledburn, near Mentmore in Buckinghamshire, England. After tampering with the lineside signals in order to bring the train to a halt, a gang attacked the train; pictured: Postal Workers who were on robbed train, finally arrive at London Euston Station.

#91 The new approach to the Clyde tunnel in Glasgow which connects the districts of Whiteinch in the north to Govan in the South in the west of the city, 1963.

#92 The first of the Clyde tunnels near completion, November 1962.

#93 Glasgow Buchanan Street-Inverness express at Gleneagles behind a standard class, 1962

#94 Interior view of Celtic Park, home of Glasgow Celtic football club in Parkhead, May 1962.

#95 Exterior view of Celtic Park, home of Glasgow Celtic football club in Parkhead, 1962

#96 The British Bombadier Cargo ship towering over the surrounding warehouses at Clyde Dockyard, Glasgow, 1962

#97 Eleven years old Gorbals boy Willie Thomason still comes back to his old territory among the old tenements and watches the progress being made by workmen.

#99 England goalkeeper Gordon Banks, covered by Maurice Norman, saves from a Scotland attack spearheaded by Denis Law (left) in the international soccer match at Hampden Park.

#102 Weather – Good Friday Snow Storm – Glasgow, 1960s

Weather - Good Friday Snow Storm - Glasgow, 1960s

While in the South spectators enjoyed sports of their choice in brilliant sunshine, Glasgow motorists found themselves in difficulties when a blizzard hit the Scottish city on the Good Friday.

#105 Hutchesontown Redevelopment, 1966

Hutchesontown Redevelopment, 1966

As part of the redevelopment of the notorious Gorbals area, one of four 23-storey tower blocks nears completion in the Hutchesontown area of Glasgow, Scotland, 19th October 1966. n completion, the four tower blocks will provide 558 new homes.

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#106 Disasters and Accidents – Cheapside Street Whisky Bond Fire – Glasgow, 1960s

Disasters and Accidents - Cheapside Street Whisky Bond Fire - Glasgow, 1960s

Rubble chokes the narrow street as, hours after the outbreak, hoses still pump streams of water on to the smouldering ruins of a whisky warehouse in Glasgow. An explosion blew the walls of the building out, burying three fire appliances and killing nineteen men, fourteen firefighters, and five members of the Glasgow Salvage Corps.

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#107 9 firemen were killed in the Cheapside Street bonded warehouse fire on 28 March 1960.

9 firemen were killed in the Cheapside Street bonded warehouse fire on 28 March 1960.

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  1. I recognise some of these photographs and know that th uncredited photographer is Allan Hailstone. If you know the source/origin of the pictures it would be right to credit these.

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