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The Queer-Like Smell

© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Fife Council

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This scene shows the traditional hand-printing method used to put patterns on linoleum. Kirkcaldy was the leading linoleum producing town in the world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Huge linoleum factories and the strong smell coming from them dominated the town. A poem called 'The Boy in the Train' by Mary Campbell Smith includes the lines: 'For I ken mysel' by the queer-like smell, that the next stop's Kirkcaddy!'

Kirkcaldy Galleries





oil on canvas


H 58.7 x W 75.6 cm

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unknown acquisition method

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E. Barrett 1951

Kirkcaldy Galleries

Abbotshall Road, Kirkcaldy, Fife KY1 1YG Scotland

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