The Montrose Standard tells us about life in 1895

Our tattered and torn copy of the Montrose Standard - but what would its staff think of today's computer?!
Our tattered and torn copy of the Montrose Standard - but what would its staff think of today's computer?!

A reader kindly came in the other day with a tattered, frail copy of The Montrose Standard and Angus and Mearns Register - dated December 20, 1895.

Among many advertisements of interest is a retiral sale for the ‘UNXLD Stores’ (unexcelled), 16 George Street, which announced that so successful had the sale been that they had imported the entire contents of their Buckie shop.

The town’s gasworks was selling coke for 10s (50p) a ton, delivered. T.D. Hall, manager, said that one ton of coke, mixed with one ton of coal, equalled three tons of coal!

In the burgh hall there was an Electric Minstrel Troupe, a full band and circle of over 30 performers, “engaged at enormous expense”.

Amazingly, obesity was a topic discussed - but because artists were having difficulty finding models with the fuller figure. The article said: “ ... it is a laudable ambition for any woman to whom nature has been generous in personal gifts to have a figure which would command the admiration of a cultured painter”.

The annual sale of work of the Montrose branch of the Zenana Bible and Medical Mission Society raised £52.

The children in the upper department of Southesk School gave an exhibition of physical drill in the schoolroom, under the efficient leader ship of Mr Beattie, janitor.

Montrose School Board was to be allowed to borrow £350 towards the cost of the news North Links School.

The Standard was printed and published at 66 High Street, every Friday morning, by John Balfour & Co.