Diary of Thomas Cairns Livingstone, 1920

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      GB 243 TD1969/8
  • Dates of Creation
      1 Jan - 31 Dec 1920
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Scope and Content

Handwritten daily entries accompanied by line drawings and illustrations drawn by the author.

Subjects include: the murder of a man in Queens Park recreation ground (4 Feb); lack of sugar (26 Feb); his wife receiving her first set of dentures (2 Apr); reports of smallpox in Glasgow (24 Apr); Sir David Beatty reviewing the Boys Brigade in Glasgow (8 May); smallpox vaccination for himself and his son (14 May); rents to increase by 40 per cent (24 May); hanging of two men in Glasgow (26 May); showground in Queens Park recreation ground to raise money for the "broken men" (29 May); halfpenny tram fare abolished (1 Jun); holiday to Largs (16 - 20 Jun); the death of Alexander Baxter Senior (13 Jul); visit to the carnival in the Kelvin Hall (24 Jul); strike (23 Aug); fire at Dixon's (28 Aug); his son starting Sunday School (12 Sep); attendance at the Housing Exhibition (18 Sep); rumoured coal strike (23 Sep); attendance at the Health and Housing Exhibition (9 Oct); speech on temperance by Mr W. E. Johnson ("Pussyfoot") in Glasgow (11 Oct); his son now the head boy in his class (12 Oct); coal strike starts (16 Oct); coal rationing begins (18 Oct); himself and his wife voting in the municipal election (2 Nov); the two minute silence in George Square (11 Nov); teaching his son long division (16 Nov); attendance at the Engineering Exhibition in the Kelvin Hall (17 Nov); workmen's fares abolished on the trams (18 Nov); sugar no longer rationed (29 Nov) and the high level of unemployment (20 Dec).

Debits and visits for 1920 recorded at the end of the volume.

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This diary is one of those which have been annotated and published as "Tommy's Peace: A Family Diary, 1919 - 1933", Thomas Livingstone and ed. by Ronnie Scott (Mainstream Publishing: London, 2010)