Classic Cafes: Scottish Cafes of the 1900s #3

Enclaves of the '50s & 60s: Virtual Mitchell Collection Glasgow



Scots-Italians can trace their history back to the mass migrations of the late 1800s. Many remained in the port cities of Glasgow, Greenock and Edinburgh, opening shops and serving dairy ice cream direct from barrows with shouts of 'Gelati, ecco un poco' consequently becoming known as the 'Hokey Pokey' boys. Italian cafes subsequently sprang up all over Scotland... (all images from Virtual Mitchell Collection: 'Glasgow's Mitchell Library is one of the largest public reference libraries in Europe. It also houses the City Archives. As part of an ongoing project to make its resources more accessible, a selection of photographs of the city has been digitised. The project has been partly funded by the Scottish Office Challenge Fund and has received generous support from Unilever plc.')

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