Glasgow in Print
Trongate 103, G1 5HD
Most of Glasgow's best known printing firms date from the 19th century, and some remain in business today. Book printers included Blackie & Son, and William Collins, Sons & Co; there were many newspaper and magazine printers; stationery manufacture and wholesaling was another important branch of the trade. As well as large-scale businesses, there were many small print shops producing all the other forms of letterpress print required for business and personal use: invoices, letterheads, advertising posters, invitation cards, menus, annual reports, forms, etc. Specialised printing businesses produced tram tickets, cheques and bank notes, and, in the twentieth century, stationery for computer printers.
In the 19th century a number of firms took up the newer process of lithography. It became especially important in the production of advertising material and for printing labels for mineral water and whisky bottles.
The walk will visit buildings and areas in the city centre associated with the industry some of which were purpose built as printing factories. All participants will receive a copy of the Glasgow print trail leaflet.
Tues 17th & Thurs 19th, 10:30am; 90 mins
Meeting point: Meeting point: At Trongate 103
Booking essential - opens 1st September at 10am
Accessibility: Fully accessible - the walk will follow public pavements.
Please note: Wear appropriate footwear for walking. Suitable for all ages