This photo kindly shared by Margaret Stewart (passed over my garden wall in August), shows the women staff in the Stonefield Independent Co-op. It appears to be from the 1930’s and Margaret told me a family member is pictured.
This is the Co-op shoe department, all the similar sized boxes in the background various boots, shoes and slippers. The ladies are smartly dressed , the younger girl, perhaps an assistant. However, this is a works photo, so that may be why smiles are ‘few and far between’.
Stonefield Independent Co-operative Society merged with Blantyre Co-operative Society on 29th April 1932. My own grandfather was a boot salesman in the Blantyre Co-op Shoe department around the same time.
Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said:
Alan Robert Webb My grandmother Elizabeth Crawford worked there until she married Robert Howieson in 1918.
Jeanette Turvey my great aunt Mary Nelson worked in the coop drapery department I don’t know how long she worked there but it was in the 1920s and 1930s she lived in springwell I think
Ann Durie The shoe department- it was right at the back of the shop. Xx