Tuesday, 31 May 2011


Another issue of Design for Industry magazine here. This one is from Aug/Sep 1959. Featured on the spreads (if you click on them they will increase in size, albeit in a rather clunky fashion) is the Scottish Industries Exhibition that featured 'more than 200 firms representing 100 industries... showing goods of Scottish manufacture'. According to the article, the previous fairs (in 1949 and 1954) attracted more than a million visitors, with buyers from over 100 countries placing orders of more than £20m.

'Germans, Japanese and the Swiss are untiring in their efforts to sell their products abroad. We must do the same,' advises Mr Matthew H Donaldson, General Manager of the exhibition.

Images on the spread above, from top left; clockwise: coils by The Distillers Co, Ltd of Grangemouth, 201k sewing machine made by Singer Manufacturing Co, Ltd, Clydebank, a 42,000 ton tanker built at John Brown's shipyard on Clydebank, Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, sunken fire with hammered copper canopy exhibited by Allied Iron-founders Ltd, Falkirk, Burns memorial, Brig o' Doon, Alloway, desk adding and subtracting machine made at the Strathleven factory of Burroughs Adding Machine Ltd.

Images on single page,from top left; clockwise: Olivetti typewriter, made in Glasgow, compressor by Alley & MacLellan (Polmadie) Ltd., The Trossachs from Wallace Memorial, Stirling and a Series HD 8 track-type tractor by Caterpillar Tractor Co, Ltd. (Glasgow)