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Thread #162666   Message #3945405
Posted By: Vic Smith
21-Aug-18 - 12:31 PM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
The post at 21 Aug 18 - 11:35 AM reminds me that in the 1940s when I was a boy in Edinburgh, the character that is depicted in that statue in Dundee was in his relative youth. He first appeared in the Dandy in 1937.
I had bought a copy on this comic with my very small amount of pocket money and had it with me when I went to some sort of family gathering at at my Granny's flat in Leith. I tried to show it to a number of my heavily unionised uncles who were there; they were not impressed and didn't want to look at it. Eventually, one of them took me aside and told me that before I bought any comic, I was to turn to the back page and look at the very bottom line. If it said, "Published by D.C. Thompson of Dundee" that I was never to buy it because no-one in that firm was allowed to join a trade union. I was devastated! No only would this cut me off from from the Dandy and the Beano but also from the Broons and Oor Willie who were in the Sunday Post which was also a Thompson publication.