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Bridgeton Cross, 1930s

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Bridgeton Cross, 1930s

Men gathered at the "Bridgeton Umbrella" at Bridgeton Cross in the 1930s.

The Bridgeton Umbrella is a cast iron shelter erected on an island site at the cross in 1875 and became a popular meeting place in the 1930s. The minister at the back of this crowd is standing head and shoulders above the crowd, perhaps literally on a soap box. His audience of men and boys (many of whom appear to be of short stature)is ignoring him, or perhaps they have been distracted by the photographer.

Reference: 85.87.233

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums

boys, Bridgeton Cross Shelter and Clock, Bridgeton Umbrella, caps, cast iron, children, cigarettes, ministers, newspapers, orators, preaching, shelters, smoking, street meetings, streetscenes

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