Tribute to Glasgow's feat of clay

THIS picture dates from 1943 but it is an image that could have come from almost any time in the previous century.

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William White and Son's distinctive clay pipe factory in the Gallowgate, Glasgow, was built in 1877 - 70 years after the company was formed - and around the time the city took over from Edinburgh as a major manufacturing base for pipe making.

Pipes from Scotland were sent around the world, with North America being a prime market for them, and by 1890 William White's was producing 14,000 pipes a day.

By 1951 though, times had changed and the company closed, leaving behind its decorative red brick building for future generations to admire, and its staff to find another industry that could use their skills.

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