Manson's Fruit Cart
Who? Where? When?
Cart belonging to Mansons, Granton
Reproduced with acknowledgement to Robert Baptie, Southampton,
Photographer not known.
Who? Where? When?
Thank you to Robert Baptie who wrote:
"I came across this old photo amongst my
father's belongings. I don't know what it depicts, but am sure it
has something to do with my family.
Are you able to shed any light on it?"
Robert Baptie, Southampton, Hampshire, England: August 30, 2010
Another Old Postcard
Here is an old postcard that
Robert found amongst his belongings. There is no publisher's name on
this card, but the date, '1949' has been written on the reverse.
Can you identify when and
where either of these photos might have been taken? If so,
please email me.
There may be a few clues in
the background of the horse photo that will help identify the location.
Peter Stubbs: September 2+4, 2010
The only clue that I've found
that might be relevant to this photo comes from old editions of the
Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directory.
- The directory lists an R Manson as a grocer, living at 1a
Fraser Avenue (Granton).
- However, the 1930 directory describes him as grocer, living at
28 Hutchison Avenue.
Kandy, Sri Lanka
to Ronnie Elder for his email in which he compared these photos:
- Manson's fruit and vegetable cart
- Children climbing the steps from Granton Square, c.1958.
"If you compare these photos
above, you might consider the walls and railings at the entrance to
the steps from Granton Square (in the photo on the left) are similar to
those behind Manson's cart (in the photo on the right)."
"I've no idea when the photo of
the cart might have been taken. But I might mention that the gentleman
standing at the rear of the cart resembles my late father a lot; but it is
Ronnie Elder, Kandy, Sri Lanka: September 4,
Further Investigation Needed
Ronnie points out that the
handrails beside the steps were different in both photos.
However, the cart would
presumably have been based at Granton, so Granton Square does seem, to me,
to be a likely location for the photo.
Apart from the hill above
Lower Granton Road (which is lined with housing) the hill above Granton
Square is about the only hill in the area.
It might be worthwhile
checking to see if any of the houses in the background of the cart photo
can still be found above Granton Square.
September 7, 2010
Kandy, Sri Lanka
to Ronnie Elder for writing again.
Is it my Father?
"I have given more thought to
this photograph, and, it just might be possible the small
gentleman standing at the rear of the cart may be my late father.
After being released from the
army at the end of WW2, my father had dreams of opening a market garden
for flowers and vegetables. The army offered him a training scheme
towards this end.
However, initially, they required
him to attend a running market garden to undergo basic training.
This meant rising before six am and travelling some distance from home.
Well, the desire didn't last all
that long, as one morning the mail man delivered a letter marked OHMS,
asking his interest in returning to the army for a further five years
service, remaining in his substantive rank as a Captain.
I understand he reported
the very next day, and market gardening became history.
Anyway, my relevant point, I
wonder if he had been under training with a market garden owned by
Mansons and had assisted with the selling from a cart. If so, this
would date the photo around 1945/46."
Ronnie Elder, Kandy, Sri Lanka: September 22,