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How was a heavily industrialised community in rural Stirlingshire, where some families slept six or seven to a room, transformed into a leafy commuter village?
Photographer Martin Shields and Writer Anne Johnstone used a remarkable archive of old post-cards and family photographs as the basis for their project. Martin recreated the best of them as they are today, while Anne unearthed the stories behind the places and people in both the old and modern images. The result is a remarkable record of continuity and change.

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You can purchase by mail order by writing with your name, address, number of copies required, and a cheque made payable to "Strathblanefield Community Development Trust" c/o 19 Kirkland Avenue, Blanefield, Glasgow G63 9BY
Postage is free for four books or more. Please email us at cdt@strathblanefield.org.uk if you wish to buy 4 or more copies or to enquire about shipping costs outwith the U.K.

All profits will go to Strathblanefield Community Development Trust to be spent on future local history projects, in conjunction with Strathblane Heritage Society.

One of the images from the book

It seems a long time since, having admired the slide show of old village photographs and post- cards assembled by Strathblane Heritage Society, Martin and I simultaneously came up with the same idea while standing in the morning coffee queue at the Herald in Glasgow where we both work. Why not choose the most interesting scenes, take contemporary photographs of the same places and try to tell some of the stories behind them?

Of course, this was easier said than done. We both work shifts and initially never seemed to be off at the same time. Martin had to cope with changes in camera equipment that made it difficult to rep- licate the old views precisely, not to mention all the trees that have grown up in the past 100 years. I found that talking to those who appeared in our new pictures and the descendants of some of those who featured in the old ones turned up a treasure trove of stories, some poignant, some humorous but all fascinating. There was also plentiful material bequeathed by village historian Alison Dryden and from the Victorian chronicler of the clip in hair extensions parish, the incomparable John Guthrie Smith. As a result, what be- gan as simple captions grew like topsy. While some scenes have barely changed, others are only recog- nisable from the profile of the Campsies in the background. From the word go, everyone we have contacted seemed to share our enthusiasm for the project and that is reflected in the final text and pictures.

Next, artist Roy Petrie generously volunteered to hair extensions design and lay out the book and has done a magnificent job, devoting many hours to the task. The result is a real work of art that brings to life Strathblane and Blanefield, old and new, in a way we had not believed possible. In particular, he has risen to the challenge of conveying the essence of the book in the designs for the front and back covers. To do justice to everyone's efforts the result will be a 72-page full colour book in an A4 landscape hard- back format that would grace any coffee table-and the back cover includes a ringing endorsement from journalist and broadcaster, Sally Magnusson. Inside are Ordnance Survey maps of the area from around the years 1900 and 2000 and a human hair extensions copy obtained from the National Archives of one of the original designs for calico fabric printing registered by the Blanefield Printworks in the 1880s, as well as thirty double-page spreads on the now and then theme.

We're pleased to say that, unlike so hair extensions uk many books published these days, it will be produced here in Scotland by two Glasgow companies, J McVicar Printers and Cameron Bookbinders.