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Household Bills

and

Notices

 

1.

Gas Bill

1950s

Front of the Bill

The Front of a Gas Meter Reading Card  -  1950s

© Reproduced with acknowledgement to John Dickson, Royston:  December 4, 2012

 

Gas Bill

1950s

Detail on the Bill

Detail on a Gas Meter Reading Card  -  1950s

© Reproduced with acknowledgement to John Dickson, Royston:  December 4, 2012

 

Electric Bill

1950s

Detail on the Bill

The Front of an Electric Meter Reading Card  -  1950s

© Reproduced with acknowledgement to John Dickson, Royston:  December 4, 2012

 

Electric Bill

1950s

Detail on the Bill

Detail on a Gas Meter Reading Card  -  1950s

© Reproduced with acknowledgement to John Dickson, Royston:  December 4, 2012

 

1.

Gas and Electric Meter Readings

Thank you to John Dickson, Royston, for sending me these cards showing meter readings taken at his house in Royston in the 1950s.

John wrote:

Meter Readings

"These cards were hanging behind the meters when we bought our house at Royston.

Gas

"The gas card names John Brown who built the house in 1908, and was a crane man at Granton."

Electric

"The electric card is for Reginald Hill in 1951.  The meter reading changed in 1952 when Ronald Delnevo bought the house.  Ronald owned the Jubilee chip shop in West Granton road.

Interesting?"

John Dickson, Royston, Edinburgh:  December 4, 2012

 

2.

Common Stair Notice

2000s

Notice to Hang on Neighbour's Door Handle

'It's Your Turn to Sweep and Wash the Common Stair' card  -  front of the card

©  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk

 

Common Stair Notice

2000s

Bye-laws on the back of the Notice

'It's Your Turn to Sweep and Wash the Common Stair' card  -  bye-laws on the back of the card

©  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk

 

2.

Common Stair Notice

Many districts around the centre of Edinburgh have stone built flats or apartments, most built around the late 19th century and often about 4, 5 or 6 stories high, with a common entry and staircase for all residents except those on the ground floor who had their own 'main door' entrances.

I lived on the top floor of  in one of these blocks of flats at 2 Comely Bank from around 1968 to 1973.  I remember each of the residents taking it in turn, for one week each, to keep the common passage and staircase clean.  After looking after the common area for a week, this notice was passed on to the next door neighbour in the staircase, by hanging it on their door handle.  (The word 'Stair' would be written on this card on the dotted line after 'Common'.)

I had not seen one of these notices for almost 40 years until I found this one recently, still in the same style as I remember it.

'It's Your Turn to Sweep and Wash the Common Stair' card  -  front of the card ©

Peter Stubbs,  Edinburgh:  December 8, 2012

 

Recollections

1.

Allan Dodds

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

Thank you to Allan  Dodds who added:

People in the Photo

"I remember these cards well as a child:

'It's Your Turn to Sweep and Wash the Common Stair' card  -  front of the card ©

Here, I recount an incident in my recent book, from which find an extract below. I must have been around two and a half years of age at the time as my father had not yet been demobbed and Mother and I lived together as a single parent family."

EXTRACT FROM ALAN DODD'S BOOK

Stair Notices

"Another highlight of the day would be when a card would mysteriously appear hanging on the polished brass handle of the front door bearing the injunction:

 'Your Turn on the Common Stair and Landing'.

This referred not so much to a musical or dramatic event, but rather to the more prosaic fact that it was our turn to pay the ‘stair lady’.***

Even more alarming was the card bearing the sinister words:

'Your Turn on the Back Passage'.

 I don’t believe that this referred to the use of suppositories."

Star Ladies

"Mother never referred to the stair ladies by their proper names, as I was to discover to my cost. The first woman I remember, who lived in a slum in Canon Street, would ring the doorbell at 6.30am requesting a bucket of hot water, a cloth and a scrubbing brush.

Mother was always ready on such mornings with the range already blazing and a black kettle  on the boil, and I was invariably awakened by those early morning activities.

One day I asked Mother what the woman’s name was. 'Dean Swift' she replied with her usual cutting wit referring, as I later found out, to the speed at which the work was carried out. The next time the woman rang the bell I was awake and ready to be first to answer the door. Mother called out to me from within the house, asking who it was. “Mrs Swift”, I confidently piped.

Later, Mrs Swift was to be replaced by another anonymous person whom Mother had instinctively identified as an alcohol abuser. Once again, I had the opportunity of conveying Mother’s uninvited opinion to the hapless recipient when she called one morning. Answering the door ahead of Mother, I heard her voice asking who it was. “The lady who drinks the gin”, I reliably informed her.

 Stair ladies were always difficult to get after that."

Book:  Laughin' on the ither side o' ma face (Allan Dodds)

Allan Dodds, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England:  October 29, 2011

*** Stair Ladies

I lived in a flat at Comely Bank for about four years from 1969, and the arrival of the "common stair 2 notice on the handle of my front door was a regular occurrence.  But I never knew that there were 'stair ladies' who could be paid to do this work!  I always did the cleaning myself

 

 

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A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks