1919 Calder Street School

1919 Calder Street School wm

Schools out for Summer! Today, as Blantyre children end their school term and look forward to summer holidays, we look back exactly 100 years ago.

This remarkably clear photo was shared to Blantyre Project by Kim Simmons who lives abroad. Pictured are the girls of Calder Street School along with principal teacher Mr Welsh on the left. A Miss Robson is the teacher in this Graduation class.

It would be difficult to work out what the girls names are without a class roll or register but it’s such a wonderful photo, even if only to unusually see some happy smiling faces. It’s certainly worth sharing.

1919 Calder Street School Names

Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said:

Margaret Mary OSullivan Wow! A hundred years ago! Such a great photograph of people who walked these streets. Love seeing the cursive writing too.
Ann Millar Smashin! photo, thanku for sharing love awe the photos u share on here.
Jim Cochrane Did the girls leave school when they were only 14 in those days. i think my Gran Marshall told me that.
Elizabeth Weaver So these girls were probably born in 1905 then? I wonder what the future held for them – probably a job in service until they got married. I have to say they look happier and healthier than some subsequent Blantyre generations you see in photos; maybe they were better fed and full of optimism now that the war (“to end all wars”) was over. Little did they know what was to come.

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