Who? When? Where?
with acknowledgement to John Stirling, Currie, Edinburgh: November 6, 2009
Photographer not known
The Finish of a Race
Thank you to John Stirling for allowing me to reproduce this
photo. The photo is taken from a
collection of lantern slides that John rescued from being
destroyed in 1974. The photographer is not known.
Some of the other slides from this series are known to have
been taken between about 1910 and 1920.
Who? When? Where?
Can you suggest where or when this photograph of the finish of
a race might have been taken? Some of the other
photos from this collection were taken at the Edinburgh
University Playing Fields at Myreside.
The board in the background reads:
together with a couple of symbols and words that I'm not able
What does all that mean?
The Start of a Race
Here is another photo from the same collection, this one
taken at the start of a race, but it does not look like the same
There are lots of well-dressed spectators at the start of the
race, but none to be seen at the finish - just a well dressed
man who appears to be operating a stop watch, with two
colleagues behind him.
If you know the
answer to any of the questions above,
please email me.
Peter Stubbs: December 1, 2009
Thank you to John Wishart who replied
"This photo was taken at Myreside Field.
Craighouse (Andrew Duncan Clinic), now part of Napier
University, can just be seen in the background, below the top of
the flag about 1cm to the right.
I think you have remarked about the crowds at the start of the
race. Eric Liddell was President of Edin Uni Athletic Club
in 1924 his Olympic Gold Medal year. Maybe he was running,
or perhaps just acting as starter as I canít see him in either
I went down yesterday with a copy of the photo just to work out
exactly where it was taken from.
photo was taken behind Myreside Court looking west. Today, that
outcrop of Craighouse, in the background, is blocked by trees.
Wishart, 2 emails, August 21, 2011