1912 Rapid Firelighter


1912-rapid-firelighter-main-street-wmThe staff at William Adam and Sons (sawmills) at Kirkton, High Blantyre, just off Main Street pose in 1912 outside their premises.

A large wagon or board behind them provides a hint as to what they were doing. Rapid Firelighters, meaning sticks or matches, a by product perhaps from the excess timber of those saw mills. Today, this would be approximately where the western side of Kirk Care is, directly across from the entrance to the Old Parish Church.

The workforce of the time comprising almost entirely of women, suggesting that the work was lighter, or not so manual, most likely very repetitive and would no doubt have been low paid.

(c) Blantyre Project

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