Links to Other Pages

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

 

Recollections

Chambers Street

Please click on one of the links below, or scroll down this page.

1.

George T SMITH
British Columbia, Canada

Operetta House Cinema

-  Causeway Setts

2.

Graeme Charles MUNRO
Adelaide, South Australia

Operetta House Cinema

3.

Jack CRAIG
Silverknowes, Edinburgh

-  Shops

-  Bus Terminus

4.

George T SMITH
British Columbia, Canada

-  Model Shop

5.

Eric GOLD
East London, England

-  Model Shop

-  Model Planes

-  Model Yacht

-  Radio Shop

6.

Jack CRAIG
Silverknowes, Edinburgh

-  Model Shop

-  Model Plane

7.

John CLARK
Canada

-  Model Shop

-  Model Plane

8.

June ROBERTSON
(
née WOOD)

California, USA

-  Vegetable Barrow

 

Recollections

1.

George Smith

British Columbia, Canada

Thank you to George Smith of British Columbia, Canada, formerly Edinburgh, who wrote:

Operetta House Cinema

"I remember the 'Operetta' in Chambers Street, which my mother attended as a cinema during and shortly after WW1.  I recall that it was a Police clothing store as late as the 1950s."

Arthur Lloyd, on his web site writes that the Operetta was at 5 Chambers Street, on the site of the Gaiety Theatre Music Hall which was built 1875 and closed in 1892.

Causeway Setts

"Causeway setts or 'causeys' were a source of garden paths and patios when they were lifted from the Edinburgh streets.

I remember that the causeys in Chambers Street were made of wood so as to muffle iron wheeled traffic as it passed the university. I can't remember if the roadway in College Street was similarly muffled."

 

Recollections

2.

Graeme Charles Munro

Adelaide, South Australia

Thank you to Graeme Charles Munro who wrote:

Operetta House Cinema

"I also remember the 'Op' cinema in Chambers Street.  It was the first one I went to in 1939.

You handed over three jam jars, and got into the cinema and were given an orange and a bag of broken biscuits when you came out."

Graeme Charles Munro , Adelaide, South Australia-  4 September 2005

 

Recollections

3.

Jack Craig

Silverknowes, Edinburgh

Thank you to Jack Craig who wrote:

Shops

"My Dad's shoemaker shop,  George Craig and Son, was at No 33, Chambers Street.  It was where the new Scottish Museum has now been built.

A few doors down the street, there was Frank Royle, model aircraft shop.

Further down, before the National Museum, up some outside stairs, there was the first Chinese restaurant in Edinburgh.

If my memory serves me well, there was also a shirt manufacture business there."

Bus Terminus

"Chambers Street was the terminus for the SMT country buses going to Dalkeith, Newtongrange, Gilmerton and all places South."

Jack Craig, Silverknowes, Edinburgh:  August 15, 2008

 

4.

Recollections by

George T Smith

British Columbia, Canada

Thank you to George T Smith replied to the comments about the model shop (3 above). 

George wrote:

Model Shop

"I noticed a reference to 'Frank Royle, model shop' in Chambers Street.

There was certainly a model shop at the top (west) end of Chambers Street.  I  think however that Royle's shop was close to the Salisbury cinema in  Clerk Street.

As  lad it was my regular Saturday trip to see both shop window displays to see what new model was on show."

George T Smith, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada:  August 19, 2008

Address

Yes.  The Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directories for the 1950s and 1960s give this address:

Frank Royle:  The Model Shop:   82 South Clerk Street.

- Peter Stubbs:  August 20, 2008

This topic continues with 'Recollections 2' on the South Clerk Street recollections page.

 

5.

Recollections by

Eric Gold

East London

Thank you to Eric Gold who wrote

Model Shop

"There was a wee model shop in Chambers Street at the top end and on the left hand side where the new museum is and opposite of the new Sheriff Court.

My second cousin Billy used to get his stuff there and he would make planes and ships.  They were professionally built, too.

The Chambers Street model shop sold good models and was a bit more professional than your average model shop.  I preferred it to the one in Clark Street.

My second cousin, Billy, from the West Port built top class models of planes and ships, and he got his ware and tares there."

Model Planes

"I bought a wee balsa wood kit off the guy, a nice man who owned the shop, and I built a plane and flew it near Jimmy Clark's school.  It crashed down at the end of the hill and it was in pieces.

The chap who owned the shop was getting new stock, so he sold me an old professional plane with a proper diesel engine, but he said the engine needed repairing.  So I striped it down and re-assembled it and got it working, and boy did that plane fly!

The only problem was that it would fly until the gas ran out, then we'd have to go a great distance to pick it up in the park. All the bairns from Arthur Street with their wee planes and kites would be in the park but my aeroplane was faster and was great."

Model Yacht

"As it was a big plane, I sold it eventually to my cousin, Billy.  He made it remote control and he gave me a big yacht and I sailed her in Duddingston Loch and St Margaret’s Loch in Holyrood Park."

Radio Shop

"Those were the daysI could have sailed and flown the models to States (ha ha ha ha ha ha).  There was another shop that caught my eye.  It was 'Brown's Radio' in George IV Bridge.

I used to get old radio equipment there.  The manager was great and very helpful too, and was there for years."

Eric Gold, East London:  August 21, 2008

 

Recollections

6.

Jack Craig

Silverknowes, Edinburgh

Thank you to Jack Craig who wrote:

Model Shop

"Frank Royle definitely had a shop in Chambers Street, just a few doors down from my father’s boot making business at 33.

My father died in 1937I think Frank Royle was still there then.  I know that he opened another shop in South Clerk Street. (I lived just around the corner in Montague Street from 1938.)

Maybe that shop was a move rather than a second shop. BUT the first one was definitely in Chambers Street."

Model Plane

My brother George and a friend, John Arthur were the founder members of the Edinburgh aero-modelling club and they both 'lived' in that shop, bringing home strips and sheets of balsa wood and Japanese tissue paper and stuff they called dope which was painted on the paper to tighten it up.

They used elastic bands to propel the aircraft which would be trial flown in Nelsons Park (the site of the now Commonwealth Pool)."

Jack Craig, Silverknowes, Edinburgh:  August 15, 2008

Recollections

7.

John Clark

Canada

Thank you to John Clark who wrote:

Model Shop

"How well I remember the shop on Chambers Street that sold all kinds of models and equipment.  We didn't have much money to spare in those days, not long after the war, but we could somehow manage to get a few extra pennies together  to buy a model kit.  It was great fun."

Model Plane

"We would flatten out the blueprint, and get all the balsa wood pieces together, then put the pins into the print on a piece of wood and bend them into shape, and eventually, voila.... you would have a wing, and a fuselage all glued together.

Then we would add the soft tissue-like paper, till you had it all taut and ready to go. It was powered by an elastic band from front to back. I lived three floors up in a tenement, and I would attach a squib ( firecracker ) to it , wind it up and wait till the last minute to send it flying."

John Clark, Canada:  August 25, 2008

 

Recollections

8.

June Robertson (née Wood)

California, USA

Thank you to June Robertson who wrote:

Fruit and Vegetable Barrow

"I wonder if anyone remembers the barrow selling fruits and vegetables:

-  first in Chambers Street

-  then up from the Infirmary Street baths and pool, right on the corner of the Bridges

My grandparents ran it, then my Dad, john Robertson, then the Blues family.  I remember going to the market and smelling all the lovely fruits.  It's no longer there, of course, but the memory never fades.

June Robertson (née Wood), California, USA:  April 10, 2011

 

Recollections  -  More Pages

Recollections  -   Contributors

 

__________________

 

Links to Other Pages

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