Dirty Dick's pub at 175 Finnieston Street, 1955.
The pub was located in a tenement which was built in 1864. Its proximity to Glasgow Harbour made Dirty Dick's a favourite with dockers and sailors of all nationalities. The pub served tea and hot food in a addition to alcoholic refreshments, and accepted a variety of foreign currencies in payment. Dirty Dick's was also infamous as a drinking den for prostitutes. It is said that the women wrote the price on the soles of their shoes, putting their feet up on the tables when a potential customer approached. The pub was demolished in the 1960s.
In 1955 Partick Camera Club set out to create a photographic survey of Glasgow. As the project progressed, other camera clubs joined and each was allocated a district of the city to photograph. Glasgow Museums exhibited the photographs at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and at the People's Place, and in 1956 the exhibition was shown at the Palace of Art in Bellahouston Park. The photographs are now part of Glasgow Museums' collections.
Reference: 1005.97.276 / OG.1955.121.
Reproduced with the permission of Partick Camera Club
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