Greetings, Gentlemen, and Ladies,
Well, I have finally struck informational paydirt, with thanks for a Mate of mine in Scotland!! I put out the word on a stove-collecting site, of which I've been a member since before electricity was invented (OK, maybe not THAT long!), and today I got a great response. Here's what I have learned:
Through the wonders of Ancestry.co.uk, the 1929 telephone directory does indeed list a W D. Craig, hatter, 85 Main Street, Coatbridge.
Coatbridge is in the central belt of Scotland a few miles east of Glasgow.
So, there we have it, Folks. Looks like I wasn't too far off in my date estimation, but now that I have a firm bit of into on Hatter Craig, I'll try to narrow that down a bit, to see when he opened his business, and when it was closed. MAN, it's nice to see this come to fruition!! Can you tell I'm stoked.... just a bit! : ) More info, as I find it, and until then, it's wonderful to have a few friends in different parts of this old Mortal Coil! Take care, and God Bless!
Every Good Wish,