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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

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Recollections

Bruntsfield

To the south of Tollcross

 

1.

George Lewis
Moline, Illinois, USA

-  Royal Blind Asylum

-  Request for Photos

2.

Mike
Gosport. Hampshire, England

-  Warrender Park Road

-  Bones

3.

Graham Marshall
Southern Spain

Bones at Bruntsfield

4.

Margaret Cooper
London, England

Bruntsfield Baths

5.

Margaret Williamson (née Hay)
Moline, Illinois, USA

Bruntsfield Baths

6.

Margaret Williamson (née Hay)
Moline, Illinois, USA

Bonfire

-  Baked Potatoes

-  Singing

-  Shopping

-  Products

Recollections

1.

George Lewis

Thank you to George Lewis for sending the following recollections.

George wrote:

Royal Blind Asylum

"My father worked at the Royal Blind Asylum in Gillespie Crescent, Bruntsfield, and was member of the works brass band.  Although sighted I also was am member in the late 40's and early 50's before joining the RAF."

Request for Photos

"I can remember playing at various venues - Gala days and parks throughout Edinburgh.  But  I have not been able to find any photographs  Can you suggest where I could try?"

George Lewis:  1 May 2007

Can You Help?

If you know of any photos of the Royal Blind Asylum brass band, please e-mail me and I'll pass on your message to George.

             Thank you.             -  Peter Stubbs:  May 3, 2007

Recollections

2.

Mike

Gosport, Hampshire, England

Thank you to Mike for leaving a message and question in the EdinPhoto guest book.

Mike wrote:

Warrender Park Road

"As a boy in the 1950's playing in the Warrender Park Road and Bruntsfield House area, we noticed crosses engraved on the perimeter wall of Bruntsfield House along Warrender Park Road, about a metre above the pavement in three or four places"

Bones

"We were told that the crosses marked the spots where human remains were found when the wall was being built.  Bones were found on the other side of the wall around the bases and roots of the many trees.

These may well have been animal bones, but as a wee boy it had to be more sinister.  Does anybody have any ideas?"

Mike, Gosport, Hampshire, England:  Message in EdinPhoto guest book:  February 8, 2010

Reply to Mike

If you'd like to send a message to Mike, please e-mail me then I'll pass on your message to him.

                          Thank you.             -  Peter Stubbs:  February 8, 2010

 

Recollections

3.

Graham Marshall

Southern Spain

Thank you to Graham Marshall for replying to the question about bones in Recollections 2 above.

Graham wrote:

Bones at Bruntsfield

"I too heard those tales about bones at 'Bones at Bruntsfield'. Sadly, the truth is more prosaic.  They are still there and are masons' marks which measured the wall to be paid for.

From memory there used to be 18 marks, not all crosses"

Graham Marshall, Southern Spain:  January 5, 2012

 

Recollections

4.

Margaret Cooper

London, England

Thank you to Margaret Cooper for posting a message in the EdinPhoto guestbook.

Margaret wrote:

Bruntsfield Baths

"Does anyone remember going swimming to Warrender Park Baths during the 1940s?  A  wee bunch of us from Home Street and Drumdryan Street used to go there, money permitting

It was twopence to get in, none of us could swim but thoughts of 'droonin' never crossed our minds. It never crossed our parents' minds either.

So off we'd go, a wee walk through the Meadows with our cossies wrapped in our towels, along with our ' shivery bites'.  I don't know if they are still called 'shivery bites' but it was usually a piece on jam or marg - no butter in those days - which you ate when you got shivery.

Mothers should have been praised in those days for their imagination in cossies vest and pants sewn together - knitted ones, would you believe, which when wet came down to your knees

I remember falling in once at the shallow end and thought I was going to droon, but I managed to get out, 'greetin'.  I went to my wee cubicle, ate my 'shivery bite'  and ten minutes later I was back in for more.

Afterwards the walk home through the Meadows was fun, quite fearless wee souls we were in those days - maybe because we had lived through a war."

Margaret Cooper, London, England: Message posted in EdinPhoto guestbook, March 12, 2012

 

Recollections

5.

Margaret Williamson (née Hay)

Moline, Illinois, USA

Margaret Williamson replied to Margaret Cooper's comments in the guestbook above.

Margaret Williamson wrote:

Bruntsfield Baths

"I remember goin tae the baths at Warrender Park.  Wednesday afternoon was for ladies and Thursday was mixed bathing,

I got pushed in and had to dog paddle to the side ,but I lost any fear after that.  When we left the baths, we headed for the chippie, The Variety it was called.  The chips always tasted so good.

Once in a while, we would go to the Infirmary Street Baths,  but I always liked Warrender best. Aye!  We did have a lot of fun then.  Did ye ken a lassie called Nancy Duncan.  She was one of my sisters' pals."

Margaret Williamson (née Hay), Moline, Illinois, USA: 
Message and email address posted in EdinPhoto guestbook, March 13, 2012

 

Recollections

6.

Margaret Williamson (née Hay)

Moline, Illinois, USA

Thank you to Margaret Williamson (née Hay) for writing again.

Margaret wrote:

Bonfire

"One year our bonfire made the news.  We had the biggest bonfire ever!  I made it with lots of kids from:

 -  Bruntsfield

-  Home Street

-  Gilmour Place

-  Tollcross

We would go from house to house to pick up whatever they wanted to get rid of.  We would have:

-  so many gas masks

-  a couple of pianos

-  beds

-  so many rolls of music that was used in pianos.

You you name it, we scrapped it for all whoever wanted to get rid of it.  It was an amazing site, and we would

Baked Potatoes

"We would bake potatoes at the front of the fire.  They were pretty blackened, but the tasted good - after we scraped off the black part!

Singing

"We used to sing:

'Please to remember the 5th of November
Gun
powder, treason and plot.'

Then the fireworks would go off' We had lots of fun.

Shopping

I remember going to:

-  Brown's Fish Shop.  They had the best fish cakes and finnin haddie.

-   The co-op, when I was about 7 years old.   It was just along our street, so my Mum would leave me a list of messages to get on a Saturday.  I remember the rations then.  We were only able to get a quarter of butter, half pound of sugar and a limited amount of certain other things.

Products

I wonder if anyone else remembers:

-  toothpaste sold in the pink and blue round tins.  I think it was Gibbs who made it.

-   soap powders for washing clothes.  We used Rinso, Persil and Oxydol, and Lux for finer materials.

-   soap.  We mostly used carbolic soap for us kids, until they made nicer soaps.

Margaret Williamson (née Hay), Moline, Illinois, USA  April 2, 2014

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

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