The cover of the Glasgow Herald Trade Review of 1932.
The illustration depicts a shipyard with a huge ship on the stocks, dwarfing workers and the steam locomotive below. The image projects a confidence in Clydeside's industries which did not correspond to reality. The global depression of the late 1920s and early 1930s had a disastrous effect on heavy industries such as engineering and shipbuilding. For example, 236 ships were launched on the Clyde in 1929, with a combined tonnage of 566,000 tons. In 1933 the numbers had plummeted to thirty-one ships with a combined tonnage of just over 56,000 tons.
Glasgow's heavy industries remained in recession until the introduction of the Government's re-armament programme later in the 1930s.
Reproduced with the permission of The Glasgow Herald
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