Wednesday 24 September 2014

Former Buttercup Dairy, Kilmacolm

These beautiful tiles come from the entrance to a shop in Kilmacolm.  Now a small electrical shop, the tiles show that it was once a branch of the Buttercup Dairy Company.

Founded by Andrew Ewing in 1904, at its height the company had over 250 shops throughout  Scotland.  The picture is of a little girl feeding a buttercup to a cow and is taken from a painting by Thomas Curr (1887-1958).

The tiles were part of the Company's distinct branding.  Even the floor tiles at the entrance are wonderfully decorative.

The tiles were manufactured by the Glasgow firm of James Duncan Ltd.  You can read about them, and their association with the Buttercup Dairy Co here.

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