Advert: Brown Brothers 1950


1950 Brown Bros wmThe Brown Brothers were late 19th Century and 20th Century painters and decorators at McAlpine’s Buildings, Stonefield. They are noted in Naismith’s Directory of 1879 and as late as adverts in the 1950’s.

Mr. Thomas G Brown whose yard was near the junction of Glasgow Road and Victoria Street owned the business which became the oldest established painters in Scotland. They later moved slightly up the road to the westward properties adjacent to Hart’s Land. They were still painting in the early 1950’s. Brown Brothers were painters and decorators, located at 222 Glasgow Road.

An advert appearing in a local 1936 cookbook reads for Brown Brothers, “Nothing is too much trouble – and whether you are giving the trouble, or our workmen are taking it, the results are equally happy. Our work may cost a little more than the cheapest, but long after the price is forgotten, the work remains. May we quote for your next job, our materials and workmen are first class – nothing is to much trouble”. The telephone number was simply Blantyre 25. Showing just how rare and simplistic the telephone numbers were back then.

From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2016

ON social media:

Jane Johnstone I knew someone called Murray Brown once, but I don’t know 🤔 i f he was connected?
Valerie Krawczyk I knew Murray Brown too, I was at school with him and yes I think he was connected.
Jim Cochrane Do they not live in Broompark Road.

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