Where and When?


WHERE?:  82, 80, 78, 76 Morrison Street

WHEN?:  Photo taken between 1909 and 1920

(See Answer 2 below)

Shops, including E Kane, Hairdresser

Where and when was this photograph of a row of shops, including E Kane, Hairdresser, taken?

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to John Stirling, Currie, Edinburgh:  Oct 22, 2009                                    Photographer not known


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   Where and when was this photograph of a row of shops, including E Kane, Hairdresser, taken?


Edinburgh  -  Where are these Shops?

Old Photo

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.

When and Where?

If you can suggest when and where this photo might have been taken, please email me.

I'll check the shop names in old editions of the Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directories, unless somebody else provides the answer first.

Peter Stubbs:  October 25, 2009




John Stirling

Currie, Edinburgh

Thank you to John Stirling who who supplied the photograph above for commenting on where it might have been taken.

John wrote:

Lady Lawson Street

"This photograph of the low rise with bungalow roofs could be in the Stockbridge area."

John Stirling, Currie, Edinburgh:  October 23, 2009.




Peter Stubbs


I've checked old editions of the Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directory, and found that E Kane, Hairdresser, was based at 78 Morrison Street from 1909 until 1920.

The tobacconist on the right in this picture is photo has his name, J Thomson, above the door.  J Thomson was based at 76 Morrison Street from 1910 until 1920 and possibly other years.  (I forgot to check whether or not he was there in 1909.)

So, from the evidence I have to date, I can say that this photo was taken between 1909 and 1920.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  October 26, 2009.



Richard Torrance


Thank you to Richard Torrance who found information in the 1910 and 1914 trade directories consistent with that given in Answer 2 above.

Richard sent me this information before I had published 2 above.

Acknowledgement:  Richard Torrance, Edinburgh: October 26, 2009




Peter Stubbs


Here is a photograph showing how the scene has changed today:

Morrison Street - site of the former shops at 76 to 82

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: October 28, 2009



John Stirling


The 1948 Ordnance Survey map shows that some of the houses and shops around 76-82 Morrison Street, where this photo was taken, had been demolished by the time that the map was published.

Where and when was this photograph of a row of shops, including E Kane, Hairdresser, taken?

However, it may have been demolished very much earlier.

John Stirling writes

Sanitary Department Annual Report

"The 1911 Sanitary Department Annual Report describes some of the houses in this area.

Nos. 82,84,86 & 88 Morrison Street (Back Land) were certified as uninhabitable and dealt with at open court under the Edinburgh Municipal and Police Act, 1879, Section 206.

These houses were all ordered to be closed on the grounds of General disrepair; insanitary condition of surroundings; want of adequate sinks and water closets; insanitary condition of appliances presently in use.

There were 14 houses:

- 10  with 1 apartment.

-  3 with three with 2 apartments.

-  1 with 3 apartments.

Living in these houses, there were 25 adults and 10 children.

The rent for these houses was between 3: 8/- and to 7: 1/-.pa
i.e. between about 1s 4d and 2s 9d per week.

John Stirling, Currie, Edinburgh:  October 29+31, 2009




Jim Glass

Shandon, Edinburgh

Thank you to Jim Glass writing to tell me that Edward Kane, the owner of the hairdresser's shop in this photo, was his great-uncle.

Where and when was this photograph of a row of shops, including E Kane, Hairdresser, taken?

Jim sent me this photo of Edward Kane with family and friends.  Please click on the thumbnail image below to enlarge it and read more about it.

Ned Kane, Hairdresser, and Family

Jim Glass, Shandon, Edinburgh:  December 3, 2009


Morrison Street  north side, early 1900s + 2009

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