Monday, 31 October 2011

THE OVERGATE SILHOUETTE

A scary tale for Hallowe'en...
I was told this story in the 70's from the girl it happened to, but to be fair, she was tripping on drugs when it occurred!
You remember how the 70's Overgate between Dixon's corner and Boots was often like a wind tunnel - well this one time, because of her hallucinatory condition, the scene had become really exaggerated, and so in her mind she thought she was battling against a powerful storm as she made her way through the passage.
She then spotted a hazy image of a guy in front of her, silhouetted against the light at the end of the tunnel.
As she got closer, she could hear a metallic jingling sound with every footstep he made, and this became louder and louder the nearer she got to him.
By now she had conjured up the image of a Frankenstein monster type of creature, one that had shackles & chains attached to his ankles.
Then when she got right up beside him, that's when she made her horrific discovery!
Here below is a recreation of what the poor lassie was going through - with the real explanation.
Sleep tight..!!!!!

Sunday, 30 October 2011

BROWN STREET ARTWORK - 1985

Here's a couple of examples of public artwork that sprang up in the 80's, and both done by the same artist.
I took the top 2 pictures in 1985 in Brown Street near the junction of Miln Street.
They are the work of Stanley Bonnar, who is now more known for his sculptures.
The tree shadows were freshly painted when I snapped them but a quick glimpse at the same area on Google Street View shows that although the trees are still there, they have faded quite a bit and the wall itself is rather grubby now.
As for the dog, well it seems that has since been put down.
The bottom image is from a leaflet I have and lets you see what the place looked like when they were side by side.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

MENZIESHILL WRESTLING AD - 1972

If karate wasn't your thing, then you could always give wrestling a go.
Not sure who would have been involved at this event up at Menzieshill Community Centre - seems an odd place to have an "all-star" billing especially when the Caird Hall presented wresting quite regularly.
Anyway, not just all-star but all ticket for this do in '72.

DEMPSEY'S KARATE AD - 1972

One way you could get in shape to fend off bullies was to join a karate club.
This ad for Dempsey's Karate School is from 1972 and gives the lowdown on various aspects about the team and the club facilities.
My mate used to go to Dempsey's around 1969/70 and I remember going along with him one Saturday morning to watch a training session.
Afterwards, I got to muck about with some of the gear they had and this was the first time I had ever encountered a medicine ball. Blimey, I could hardly lift the thing off the ground, never mind throw it and catch it!

ANTI BULLYING AD - 1966

Some of you may remember ads like this cropping up in boys comics such as Rover, Tiger and so on, back in the 60's. They always depicted men rather than boys in them - another one for example was the body building ads for Bullworker. I think they were trying to make sure us boys grew up big and strong so we were able to defend ourselves when the occasion arose.
This one above is dated 1966 and was for a variety of books containing different courses to try out - things like Ju Jitsu, Self Defence, Karate, and a few others in that territory.
However, there are also a couple of courses in there that has got me wondering how they can help you when you are being bullied - books on Stamps and Typing?!!
Then again, I suppose if you chucked your Olivetti typewriter at your assailants noggin, it could do a bit of damage!!

Friday, 28 October 2011

3 GLIMPSES OF CHARLES STREET - 70'S

Here we have 3 shots taken in the early 70's showing the area around Charles Street.
Top image is the upper stretch of the Wellgate with Charles Street junction on the right.
Some of the shops around this location, such as Ken's Bazaar (far right) have called it a day and have the boarding up, while others seem to be hanging on in there just a wee bit longer.
The middle image is from the remains of Charles Street looking back over to the Wellgate. The street itself was connected to Idvies Street which would be further back behind the photographer.
The street sign visible on the building on the left is Charles Lane.
The bottom picture's view from the Hilltown reveals that the demolition work has nearly reached the corner of Charles Street, and so almost the end of its existence.
Photos by Gordon C.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

CENTRAL WATERFRONT AREA - 1980's

This aerial photo is from the late 80's and shows the familiar layout of the central waterfront area our generation will remember it by.
Yes it soon will only be a memory as it's time to say ta ta to Tayside House, the Leisure Centre and other surrounding features because the zone is currently in the process of being redesigned and modernised with a flashy new look that's gonna dazzle us all!

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

BRAHMS AND LISZT AD -1988

This creepy ad from 1988 is for Brahms and Liszt who were based in the Overgate.
They sold a mixture of greetings cards, posters and fun novelty items.

PANDORA AD - 1978

Pandora in the Perth Road was another gift shop selling arty knick-knacks.
This ad is from 1978.

CRAFT CENTRE AD - 1978

Here's an ad from 1978 for The Craft Centre in the Nethergate.
They specialised in arty gifts made from a variety of materials.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

GATE MICROSYSTEMS AD - 1984

An ad from 1984 for computer dealers, Gate Microsystems, who were based in the Nethergate.
That typeface they used is called DATA 70, and still looks futuristic despite it being decades old!

THE PDP-10 AT DUNDEE UNIVERSITY - 1976

This monster machine is the mighty PDP-10 DEC computer being installed at Dundee University in 1976, replacing their previous one, the Elliot (ICL) 4130.
The PDP-10 was not only able to cope with the demands of all the university departments, it was also part of a larger network connected to other Scottish universities.
Impressive for its time, but not as impressive as Batman's computer in the Batcave. That was able to digest clues then let Batman know which shop The Penguin was about to raid!

Monday, 24 October 2011

3 COWGATE VIEWS - 1970

3 views of the Cowgate area captured before all the demolition began - so 1970ish.
Top one is from near St Andrew's Street junction looking over towards the Wellgate side, with Walsall Conduits sign on show.
Middle image is a familiar view of the Cowgate featuring Wishart Arch.
The wooden business sign top-left of the photo is for Holland House Electrical Co, and the white building next door to it is Mitchell Car Hire.
The bottom picture would have been snapped outside Millett's probably, that's the Gaumont canopy to the right of the image, with the continuation of the Cowgate beyond and King Street curving off next to it.
The Wellgate side of the Cowgate has the Dundee Savings Bank on the corner, and you can just catch a glimpse of the Cowgate Carpets shop sign beside it.
No hint of any boarding going up yet, all premises seem intact and still doing biz!
Click on pictures to enlarge.
Photos from Gordon C.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

THE WORKSHOP AD - 1988

An ad for The Workshop in the Nethergate from 1988, a place I know absolutely zilch about.
If any of you can do the biz on this one - the comments section is all yours.

HUGH FARQUHAR AD - 1978

I forgot Hugh Farquhar also had a place in Crichton Street - although they themselves seem to have forgotten to put Street in the ad!
I automatically think of the High Street salon anytime Farquhars name crops up.
Anyway, this one is from 1978.

PARR AD - 1974

This ad for Parr in the Ferry is dated 1974.
Sorry about the hair dye drips!

JOHN WATSON AD - 1971

An ad for John Watson in Cleghorn Street dated 1971.
This was a ladies salon, which may explain why I don't know what posticheur is!
My old neighbour, Margaret, would know though because she used to do John's books back then.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

JOHNALAN ADS - 70's/80's


The top Johnalan ad is from 1979 and lets you know the whereabouts of their salons.
You also may have noticed that the image is a merged photo of both John & Alan - John with the mouser, Alan with the beard.
I assume they didn't offer this look to their customers, but it does remind me of the time Jimmy Savile made an appearance on Top Of The Pops in the psychedelic 60's, with one half of his hair white and the other side black!
The middle ad is dated 1984 and just has their Crichton Street salon on it - but it does display their futuristic "Countdown" typeface logo which I've always liked.
As regards their outlandish third ad - well it's not often I'm lost for words on Retro but on this occasion, I'm completely dumbstruck!!
All I can add is that this bizarre creation was published, large sized, in the Tele in March 1977.

Friday, 21 October 2011

RICKSONS ADS - 70's/80's

A couple of adverts for Ricksons in the Nethergate.
Top one is from 1979 and the one underneath, 1980.
Two well known local hairdressers who were doing their apprenticeship at Ricksons at the time of the '79 ad, were Graeme Merchant and Norrie McDicken - but in 1980 both moved to Salon 51 to finish their training there.
Norrie now has his super-duper place in Reform Street - Salonori.
No idea how long Ricksons itself lasted.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

SALON 51 AD - 1984

Don't know if Eddie went here to be shorn, but this is Salon 51 in the Murraygate - going for it!
Ad is dated 1984.

EDDIE'S STYLE CHANGE - 80'S

This is the same Eddie as seen in yesterdays items, only this time modelling a totally different hairstyle, where he seems to have gone for a John Lydon kind of look.
I just put this image up to subtly flow from fashion to hair, and to kick-start a few days worth of retro salon action!
Photo by The Bear.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

PERTH ROAD'S CANADIAN SHOP - 80'S

Those of you who frequented places like the Centre Bar, Club Feet and other youthful dens in town in the 70's & 80's will probably remember (Fast) Eddie Donnelly.
Well after his first trade went bust, he opened up this fashion shop in the Perth Road, the clothing on the racks being stuff he imported from North America.
The shop may have been called Dan Rivers, not 100% sure, although that's a name that crops up on the funky interior design.
Eddies co-owner was George Craigie, and Billy Shaw helped out in the shop - this was sometime around the mid/late 80's period.
Photos by The Bear.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

NME FASHION ADS - 70's/80's

On the occasions when you couldn't always find what you were looking for in Dundee shops (which was quite often) and you couldn't always afford to go to London to indulge, then the mail order pages in music papers were a good alternative.
The ones above are all from old NME's I have, so let's tuck in...!!
The top ad is dated 1978 and features gear with a distinctly early 70's look - rugby shirt, cheesecloth shirt, embroidered kurta, loons and smock top.
The next 4 ads are all from 1981 and include a mish-mash of punk, new romantic, rock, new wave and soul boy gear, items such as - PVC breeks, denim jacket, bomber jacket, patch jeans, hardcore punk vest, jack boots (with the ad saying that they make Dr Martens look like ballet shoes!), stud belt & wristband, deck shirt, colonial shirt, Syrian scarf, cavalry shirt, regency shirt, leopard print trousers, stripy jeans, Bowie suit, pirate shirt, boating trousers, army surplus, Hawaiian shirt, tukker boots, and plenty more examples in amongst them.
The last one is dated 1985 and already there seems to be a bit of a retro thing going on in their ad with their mohair jumper, bondage trousers, gas cape, ski goggles, buckle boots, creepers and such like.
I'm sure some of you will have spotted your particular look!
I used to send for the odd item using this mail order route. One from around the 1981/82 period being a "Dread At The Controls" T-shirt. It was pertaining to Mikey Dread's radio show - and I wore that for years!!!
I remember Joe Strummer used to wear one too.
So anyway, it seems quite appropriate to include it here.
Click onto the ads to have a closer inspection.

Monday, 17 October 2011

STURROCK'S AD -1972

Here's a shop I never set foot in - Sturrock's in Panmure Street.
Ad dated 1972.
Not my scene maan!

OZZIE BOUTIQUES AD - 1977

 
I must admit, this is a shop I never even knew existed until I saw this ad.
Ozzie Boutiques in Exchange Street.
The ad is dated March 1977, so that should help jog your memory if you're struggling to recall it.
The latest fashions from London in '77 would have been either punk bondage clobber or shimmering disco gear, but their logo & typeface seems to hark back to the hippie 60's!
Well, if any of you have any memory of this boutique, feel free to pass on the info in the comments.

ALEX SMITHS AD - 1972

It was sale time at Alex Smith's in Commercial Street when this ad appeared in 1972.
For the gals there were things like skinny rib jumpers, mini skirts, mini jumpers and a clearance sale of satin & velvet hot pants (I didn't realise Smiths indulged!)
Amongst the guys stuff were car coats (remember them?), stretch nylon track suits, and it being '72 - good old Crombies!
Click on ad to enlarge.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

CARHARTT'S AD - 1986

Carhartt's appear to have ditched the Hamilton part of their name when this advert was published in 1986.
It's basically an invite to their factory shop in North Isla Street wanting you to go try out their range of jeans, casual gear and workwear.
Wonder how many people took them up on the offer?

GG IN WRANGLERS - 1973

Anybody who worked in the Levi factory, better look away - here's a picture of me wearing their rivals jeans - Wranglers.
This would have been 1973ish, having a game of shootie-in aroond the backies - meh turn to go in goal!

LEVI'S DUNDEE AD - 1984

This ad dates from 1984 and is for the Levi factory up at Dunsinane, even although the address doesn't crop up in it....tele-communication only it seems!
A reminder that there is a photo of the factory interior in the October 2009 archives.
As you can see, Levi denim was so tough, even attaching them to 2 mules heading in the opposite direction couldn't rip them apart!
Staying with denim in the 80's - I remember in 1982 I visited the town in the South of France from which denim gets its name. Nimes - as in (from Nimes "de Nimes") - then shortened to denim.
The thing about it is though, being on the Mediterranean coast - it was far too hot to wear jeans, everyone just wore shorts!!

Saturday, 15 October 2011

WHITFIELD'S AD - 1966

This ad from 1966 is for Whitfields' in Crichton Street, who were navy specialists.
Is that the only colour they had then - navy?!!

C & A CLOCKHOUSE CLOTHING - 1986

A couple of examples of smart but casual gear out of C & A's Clockhouse fashion dept in the Overgate.
Includes a skirt with braces - and, of course, it wouldn't be the mid 80's without those omnipresent shoulder pads!
This "Top Gear" feature is from a 1986 Journal.

Friday, 14 October 2011

PRIDE AD - 1984

I didn't go to the Market Hall area of Wellgate very often and certainly don't recall this fashion shop called Pride.
The ad is dated 1984 and their slogan was "Clothes That Stand Out Proud" - which may very well have been the case but I'm going to have to get one of you out there to give the lowdown on this place on my behalf - I know nothing about it.
If you do remember it - feel free to pass on the details in the comments.