Employees of

R&R Clark

Brandon Street, Canonmills, Edinburgh

Apprentices on their Tea Break

Around 1962

R&R Clark, Brandon Street, Canonmills  -  Apprentices' Tea Break, around 1962

Reproduced with acknowledgement Jim Cairns, one of the workers at R&R Clark from 1959s                Photographer not known



R&R Clark Workers

Apprentices on their Tea Break

Thank you to Jim Cairns for sending me this photo of compositor apprentices on their tea break at R&R Clark's works, Brandon Street, Canonmills.

Jim served his apprenticeship there from 1959 to 1965.

Jim wrote:

"The apprentices (left to right) are:

 Peter Monteith

Jim Cairns (me)

Ian Boyter

-  Ian Shields"

Jim added:

"It's a shame that R&R Clark has disappeared, along with many more great Edinburgh printers.

Jim Cairns, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland:  May 13+31, 2012

Another Photo

Here is another photo from Jim, also taken at R&R Clark's works  in Brandon Street:

    R&R Clark, Brandon Street, Canonmills  -  Compositors in Caseroom No.2, around 1953

YouTube Video

R&R Clark was founded in 1846 and remained in business in Edinburgh until 1979.

Jim Cairns has been  collecting photos of R&R Clark employees at work and at play, and photos of tickets and programmes for social functions that the company has produced over the years, the earliest dating back to 1887

Jim has now put these together to create an interesting a 21-minute film on YouTube that captures the atmosphere of the company and its workers.  The film is titled:

Printers' Pie and Pyknyks.



R&R Clark's Premises

Brandon Street

R&R Clark's building lives on.  It is on the west side of Brandon Street at Canonmills.  Externally it still looks very much as it does in the old photos in the YouTube film above.

After R&R Clark closed, I regularly visited the Royal Mail Philatelic Counter that was  based there, selling many of the GB stamps that had been issued in recent years.

The old R&R Clark building has now been refurbished internally and has become an administration office for Standard Life Assurance Company.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  June 5, 2012


Photos  -  Groups of Workers

Edinburgh Recollections