Window to the Past: Masons’ Arms pub, 1950s

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The Masons’ Arms Pub at 273 Shawbridge Street. Note the signs on the windows for Bass in Bottle, a brand of beer of the time which used to have a solid red triangle above it with the words & on draught below.

Many old tenement blocks in Glasgow were designed as full unbroken squares, which caused problems when the fire brigade needed access to tackle fires in houses in the interior.

It became mandatory for architects to provide openings that were known as ‘pends’ like the one on the right.

Beyond it there was Alf Vetturini’s Café. When he died, his daughter Sandrina continued to run it and it became Sandra’s Cafe.

Image courtesy of Pollokshaws Heritage Group, holding weekly meetings on Mondays at 1pm in the parish hall — all welcome along. Pollokshaws Heritage Group have published three books — Old Pollokshaws, Bygone Pollokshaws and Pollokshaws Through Time. They can be bought via publishers Stenlake on 01290 551122.