At the bottom of Arthur Street,
Aitchison - Greengrocer
© Reproduced with acknowledgement to David Taylor, Polwarth,
whose family ran this shop.
Thank you to David
Taylor who wrote:
"Here is a photo of our old family
shop which I always thought was at the foot of Arthur Street on
Dumbiedykes Road or thereabouts.
My father is on the left and the women
beside him is his Auntie Georgina. This photo was taken possibly
just before the World War One."
David Taylor, Polwarth Edinburgh: October 27, 2010
Adverts on the Shop
This shop includes adverts for:
- Fry's Chocolate
- Victory V Gums
- Lyons Tea
- Gossages Dry Soap
- Pullars of Perth, cleaners
Nanaimo, Vancouver Island,
British Columbia, Canada
Thank you to George
Smith who wrote:
"The clothing worn by the man on the
left seems to date this photo nearer to the 1920s or 1930s than
T Smith, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island,
British Columbia, Canada: October 31, 2010
David Taylor replied:
father (on the left in the photo above) died 1974 and all his other
siblings have gone lang syne!! However, I suppose the photo could have
been taken later than I suggested. There's a bit of research to be done
on that one.
Location of the Shop
love to know what the street number was, and what letter (if any) came
before the name AITCHISON.
mother (Sophia Aitchison, maiden surname Gordon) died in 1907 at No. 74
Dumbiedykes Road. I know, according to her will, that she had other
one at 82
at 1 Prospect Place.
husband was Thomas Aitchison. He was the 'railway surfaceman' for
the Innocent Railway. My grandmother always said (according to my father)
that the railway wasn't so innocent!! It killed a few of her hens when
she lived there as a girl.
grandfather, when courting, said that the Queens' Park in those days was a
dangerous place - footpads and the like!! I don't don't suppose much has
changed!! I wouldn't like to go wandering through there at the dead of
David Taylor, Polwarth,
Edinburgh: October 31, 2010
I was not familiar with the word
'footpad' that David used near the end of his notes above, but my dictionary
tells me that it is an old word for a thief who preys on pedestrians.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:
November 5, 2010
Thank you to Joe
Jordan for posting two messages in the EdinPhoto guest book.
"David appeared to be right about the shop
being at No 74. I remember that a lot of the small shops had a house
at the back of the shop.
Greengrocer at the foot of Arthur Street, there was a Greengrocer shop at
74 Dumbiedykes Road under the name of Mrs Georgina Gordon McGregor, listed
in the Valuation Rolls 1914-1937.
The shop is actually further along just past
Prospect Place. You can tell by the decorative stonework above the shop. I
know the rest of the shops, having lived there for Thirty Years."
Joe Jordan, Gracemount,
Edinburgh: Messages posted in EdinPhoto guest book,
February 20, 2011