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MADAM: Re “Views of Glas­gow” (“Clip­pings”, Sum­mer 2016), An­drew Allan ( 1863- 1942) was a tal­ented Scot­tish artist who fre­quently ex­hib­ited at the Glas­gow In­sti­tute of Fine Arts and the Royal Scot­tish Academy be­tween 1880 and 1940.

The set of 12 post­cards from his orig­i­nal draw­ings was pub­lished by Mil­lar & Lang, a Glas­gow com­pany who claimed to be the “Largest Pub­lisher of View Post­cards in Bri­tain.” This wasn’t an idle boast be­cause in 1904 they were pro­duc­ing a stag­ger­ing mil­lion views per week.

The firm de­vel­oped what they termed “the New Color- Crayon” Process for orig­i­nal draw­ings by Allan and an­other artist Joseph Pike to pro­duce im­pres­sions of Ed­in­burgh and Lon­don as well as Glas­gow. Mil­lar & Lang pro­duced a huge range of topo­graph­i­cal and sub­ject cards but are most revered by col­lec­tors to­day for their su­perb comic out­put.

While your cor­re­spon­dent’s cards are at­trac­tive, and cer­tainly old and col­lectable, they are prob­a­bly only worth about a couple of pounds each.

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