Glasgow Daily Photo

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Blast from the Past

Posted by Jackie on June 6, 2008

I’m really pleased with this picture, taken looking down Hope Street in the city centre. Abbey National Bank has been known as Abbey for a good few years, and it wouldn’t surprise me if it ends up renamed Santander (the Spanish bank which is Abbey’s current owner) in the near future. However, although it has become more corporate and gradually had its distinctive identity subsumed by Santander, including now sporting Santander’s logo, this sign remains as a reminder of the bank’s original logo of the couple under the umbrella which it used until relatively recently. I don’t know how old the sign is (I think the 1849 refers to the year the bank was founded, but I bet the sign is pretty old as well).

The building you can see behind it is the top of the Quality Hotel, which is an integral part of the building of Central Station. Very handy I guess if you need to catch an early train. I just really like the perspective in this picture.

6 Responses to “Blast from the Past”

  1. sorlil said

    Great picture, the sign does look pretty old.

  2. jill said

    Jackie, what a great shot. I do love the picture on the sign and the angle.

  3. Kris said

    Do people still promenade down the road like that?

  4. babooshka said

    Monopolies are such a bad thing. Great shot of a very unique sign.

  5. marley said

    Great photo. Its interesting to see the original Abbey sign. Its a shame that as companies grow they lose their friendly identities.

  6. Katya said

    That really is a lovely shot…a twofer, to boot! The sign is so nice….such a subtle reminder of a day gone by. The top of the umbrella kind of looks as though it is similar to the top of the clock tower as well. (or, vice versa)

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