In August, Archive Services were contacted by the Di Maggio’s Group who were restoring the Anchor Building at 12-14 St Vincent Street in Glasgow. The Anchor Building was designed by James Miller and had been built in 1905-07 as offices for the Anchor Line Ltd, a shipping company.
The Anchor Line Ltd had its beginnings in 1838 when two brothers, Nicol and Robert Handyside, established themselves in Glasgow, Scotland, as shipbrokers and merchants. In 1856 it ran its first transatlantic crossing and by the twentieth century it ran regular transatlantic crossings, Mediterranean cruises and passenger sailings to India and Pakistan. The company had distinctive Scottish roots and was famous for its sleek ships and for the comfort it offered its travellers at a very affordable cost.
At Archive Services we hold the business records for the Anchor Line Ltd which include series of records such as advertising boards, brochures and leaflets and company photographs that would help Di Maggio’s tell the history of the Anchor Building and the company itself including the strong links between Scotland and America. You can see examples in this flickr set which we had previously createdto showcase some of the posters in the collection.
Over 200 items were selected and then digitised by our Photographic Unit and can now be seen on the walls of the restaurant which opened today.
This has been an interesting project for us at Archive Service to see how the heritage of a 20th century business from our Scottish Business Archive collection can be of value today for a different company. It has been rewarding that the heritage of the Anchor Building has been retold using authentic sources from our collection.
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