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William Ormond & Co

An advertisement for William Ormond & Co, Bridgeton, in the Commercial year book of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Manufactures in 1915. Their underwear was claimed to be "fit for Queen's wear, yet fitting subjects' purses." A sales pitch aimed at retailers stated "though so dainty, these garments are really remarkable for their hard-wearing qualities, and they yield you good profits."

The Crownpoint Street factory was originally built for James Ormond, hosier, in 1874, at a cost of £3,000. It was one of a number of factories operated by textile manufacturers in the Bridgeton area. The outbreak of the First World War brought difficulties for such firms with the loss of some of their traditional markets, and labour shortages caused by recruitment for the armed forces.

Reference: Mitchell Library, G 381

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

advertisements, bodices, combinations, drapers, First World War, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, hosiery manufacturers, ladies' underwear, spencers, textile industries, vests, William Ormond & Co, women

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