Elizabeth Weaver has shared her family photo of her Uncle John’s shop, which was taken in 1949. Located at Victoria Street, just up from the Health Centre, John Scott owned a hardware and Confectionary store.
This is the building opposite the old play park (near the miner’s welfare). Elizabeth is in the push chair aged about 2.
Speaking of this photo, Elizabeth told me, “I do remember (a year or two later) taking our sweet coupons in there for “2 x two ounces of dolly mixtures” for me and my wee brother because sweets were still rationed.”
Rationing ended in Blantyre shops with an announcement made by the Co-op in 1953 on Glasgow Road. The Scott family were to sell up and just a decade after this photo was taken, the family had emigrated by the late 1950s.
The shop still exists today, but is now the chemist, as pictured in this modern photo.
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