A GOVAN CHILDHOOD – The 1930s

Chapter & Sub-Heading List

Chapter 1


Origins - Living in a tenement house – The landing main door – Kitchen layout – Fixtures & fittings – Dresser & coal bunker – Kitchen window recess – An early memory – Window blinds – Mantelpiece & gas light – Kitchen range – Gas stove – Range & fireplace – Fender & coal scuttle – Firewood – Coal briquettes – Chimney sweep – Chimney fires – Back smoke & blow-downs – Chimney pots – House furnishings, the recessed bed – Wireless – Landing toilet – Climbing the dykes – Washday before washing machines & spin dryers – The wringer – Drying the clothes – Ironing – The mangle – The midden – Street scenes  – Street lighting – Neighbours – Horses

Chapter 2


River traffic – The ferries – Passenger boats – Vehicular ferries – Renfrew & Erskine ferries – Docks – Original Clyde tunnels –  Starting school – A journey into town – An interest in other regions –  Holidays at Aberdeen – Coal mines – A railway experience – Italians – The family doctor and pre-antibiotic treatment – The poultice

Chapter 3


Move to Linthouse – Skipness Drive – Layout of the new dwelling – Communal chores – A new environment – The coup – Play groups – River traffic & industry – Shipyards – Public transport – The trams – Transport staff – Starting up early petrol engines – Street & back court hawkers – The fish man – The milk man – Rag & bone man – Other hawkers – Midgie rakers

Chapter 4


Domestic chores – The lamp lighter & Carbide – Street & back court games – Tig – Hide & seek – Ball stoting – Rounders – Football – Headers & header football – Dodgieball – Leave-oh! & kick the can – Marbles – Ropes – Girds & cleeks – Whips & peeries – Peever or beds – Roller skates – Bogies – Vanished & mischevious games – Dixon’s blazes – Winter weather & smog

Chapter 5


Primary school – The strap! – Joys and hazards of school days – St. Constantine’s pupils put on a show – Visit by the Lord Provost – Building the Vogue cinema – Govan High School Ranch –MacLean’s boat yard – Public parks – Learning to ride a two wheeler – Elder Park – The children’s playground – Other facilities – The pond – Fun on the ice – The Linthouse Mansion portico – A summer storm – The park keepers – Elder Park Library – Health matters

Chapter 6


Random observations – More about food – Treating an injury – Toys of the time – Train sets – Other playthings – Games, books & comics – Bagatelle – Other toys – Transfers – Foreigners – Radio Moscow – A brief glance at Victoriana – The organ – Dress styles of the 1930s – The pantomime –  The telegraph boy – Road maintenance – The midnight street cleaners – Stitches of a different kind – The betting school – Sign of the times

 

 
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