Photographer's Note

I realise that not many people on TE are very interested in old motor vehicles, but Glasgow's Riverside Museum, a well as housing a display of old road and rail vehicles, also has this historic street with various shops which you can enter and which have been built and presented much as shops would have been eighty of a hundred years ago.

For those who are interested, this vehicle is a 1935 Albion Model 118 flatbed lorry, presented in its original livery as it was originally supplied to the firm of John Jolly in Kirkwall (Orkney). Albion was the longest lived of the three "A"s of Scotland: only three motor manufacturers existed in Scotland - Albion, Arrol-Johnston and Argyll and only Albion continued to survive until after the Second World War.

I was interested to see the notices in the shop windows about the "Rent Strike" despite the fact that it predated the manufacture of this vehicle. The Glasgow rent strike famously occurred during the First World War when the landlords of tenement buildings in Glasgow sought to take advantage of the influx of shipbuilders coming into the city and the absence of many local men (who were abroad fighting) to raise rents on the tenements' remaining residents. The women left behind were seen as an easy target and were faced with a rent increase of up to 25% and would be forcibly evicted by bailiffs if they failed to pay. As a result of this rent increase, there was a popular backlash against the landlords and a rent strike was initiated. This was led by Mary Barbour who, with her "army" of recruited local women, would forcibly prevent the bailiffs from entering the tenements and would pelt them with flour bombs. The strikes soon spread and became such an overwhelming success, moving out from Glasgow and on to other cities throughout the UK, that the government, on 27 November 1915, introduced legislation to restrict rents to the pre-war level.

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