Now this is another of those how to date a picture stories where either dear reader you sit back in awed wonder at my detective skills or just mutter tedious big head and move to the bottom of the page for the answer.
It could be anytime in the year but no later than spring judging by the number of people in overcoats.
And the flowers are out in the gardens to our left and the whole place seems bathed in that sharp sunlight which opens everything up but does little to warm the city.
I guess it might be sometime in the 1930's into the 40's.
And it must be after 1932 when that great slab of a white building with its radio mast was opened.
This was the Rylands Building which back in the 1930s was the largest wholesale textile warehouse in the city.
At this point I have to confess that I had to rewrite the post in the light of a very helpful set of comments from Jane Campbell who is the research cataloguer and database administrator for the Photographic Collections held at the University of St Andrews, which I trust dear reader will make you ponder on the lengths I will go for a good story.
St Andrews has an extensive collection of postcards produced by Valentine and Sons of Dundee and our picture was one of theirs, so as you do I contacted them and Jane kindly replied with a possible date. But before I reveal that I should point out that there are a few obstacles in the way. As Jane says,
They sometimes would replace the original image with a newer photograph (updating the scene but using the same title) and in the earliest numbers the photograph could have been taken sometime (even years) earlier than the registration date. As for the actual date of the postcard that you hold that would depend on when it was printed.
It is an interesting photograph not least because most in the collection date to a time before the 1920's but as ever the place is busy.
I especially like the glass and iron shelters which run down in front of the statutes.
I suspect she would not have been amused.
I guess there will not be that many who remember this view of Piccadilly and the northern section of the gardens.
Picture; from the collection of Alan Brown