This week we’re having a look down Main Street in 1896
What interesting period bargains might be found in the shop on the left if the uppermost price ticket could be interpreted as ‘shoes 1/11’, (one shilling and eleven pence - between 9 and 10 pence decimal).
Beyond Bengal Street a range of low dwellings and shops are seen.
The one with the barber’s pole has a thatched roof. They will be removed for the co-op building to be constructed around 1900.
Domestic coal merchant D. Mackie’s horse and cart is passing Kirk Lane and the ice cream parlour (before they became known as cafes).
On the right at Dick’s shop with its heavy ornate lamps is the close at number 93. Dick’s sign on the gable claims they’re ‘cheaper than the city’.
The van on the right is probably Bilsland’s Bakers. Note the horse dung that polluted the streets up to the 1950s.