Thanks to Betty McLean in Canada who sent me these photos of a small ruler her family kept. Marked on it is “Blantyre Engineering Works”.
Betty told me, “This belonged to my father-in-law, Tom McLean who worked at the Blantyre Engineering Co. He worked there from age 14 until he retired. He also kept in touch with men who had gone to war by sending parcels and letters to them.”
Blantyre Engineering Works would have been heavily involved in producing technical drawings for the large items of plant and machinery for collieries. These small rulers would have been important for draughtsmen and likely an everyday utensil on their desktops.
A small piece of Blantyre memorabilia and one that the McLean family felt nostalgic enough to keep.
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