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Recollections  -  Edinburgh Old Town

St Mary's Street

Shops

including Tusi's Ice Cream and Sweet Shop
 

 

Recollections

1.

Eric Gold

East End, London

also known to many as Eric McKenzie

Thank you to Eric Gold for telling me about some of the shops that he remembers.

Eric wrote:

Ice Cream Parlour

"I remember a  joint  similar to Jeannie Veitch's.  It was in St Mary's Street at the bottom, and was  called Toovie's.  I've probably spelt the name wrong but it is pronounced Toovie's **.

The Toovies, I'm positive, were Italian and were very nice people."

**  George T Smith has suggested in his answer, below, that the  name of the shop would have been  'Tusi's.'

 

Fudge Shop and Jeweller's

When I was wee there was a fudge and chocolate shop next door to jeweler's shop owned by a great friend of our family, Joe Donnelly, a Polish Jewish guy. **

Chocolate Frogs

We would buy a chocolate frog and the cream inside would be normally a creamy white colour.  But the lady did put raspberry essence in a few of them making it a reddish colour. If you were lucky and picked a red one then you got one free.

Well, one day I had a hat trick and picked three in a row and shared my winnings.

Snow Freeze

"My aunt worked for the Snow freeze, a candy store next to the Lascala were Tesco's is now.  Then they moved opposite in Nicholson Street, well before I was born."

 

Eric also told me about Jeannie Veitch's sweetie shop

Eric Gold, East London:  February 8, 2007.

 

Recollections

2.

Tony Ivanov

Bo'ness, West Lothian, Scotland

Thank you to Tony Ivanov, for replying to Eric Gold's comments above.

Tony wrote:

Joe Donly

Jeweler

"Joe Donnelly was actually named Joe Dolny.  He was my uncle Joe. He wasn't my true uncle in the sense of the word but a close friend of the family.

My father was also Polish and both he and 'uncle Joe' had known each other possibly from about the time I was born in 1946.

I was five years old in 1951 when my parents moved from Niddrie to Chessel's Court in the Canongate. (The house I lived in is shown in some of your photographs.)

I remember being taken to Joe's shop at the bottom of St Mary's Street at that time.

 Although Joe did sell new Jewellery etc, his main business was repairing watches and clocks. I used to see him almost every day as his shop was en route to my primary schools, St Ann's and St Patrick's.

Joe and my father were good friends for many years and as I grew older I used to help uncle Joe in his shop doing odd jobs and tidying up. There was a basement cellar in his shop which was like an Aladdin's cave, hundreds of clocks and watches.

The last time I saw 'uncle Joe' was in 1998 in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary while I was visiting a relative. He was very ill and wasn't aware of me. He passed away not long after."

Tony Ivanov, Bo'ness, West Lothian, Scotland,: Sep 14, 2007.
Tony, like Eric Gold, attended St Ann's then St Anthony's schools.

Thank you to Tony for writing again enclosing this photograph of Joe Dolny.  Tony tells me that the photo would have been taken around 1970.

Joe Donly

Photo

Edinburgh Tramways Workers  -  Dressed for Leith Pageant, 1931

Acknowledgement:  Tony Ivanov, Bo'ness, West Lothian:  August 11, 2009

 

Question

George T Smith wrote:

Toovie's and Tusi's

"Might the reference above to Toovies be some confusion with Tusi's which is recollected in section 10a of the 'Dumbiedykes Houses and Streets' page?"

Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Answer

Yes.  Eric Gold, who provided the recollections above agrees.  The shop would have been Tusi's.

 

Tusi's  -  Another Shop

Thank you to Bill Cockburn for sending me this message.  It helps to explain why people have had different recollections of the location of Tusi's.

Bill wrote:

Two Tusi's Shops

"Tusi, or Tuzi, also had an ice cream parlour in West Nicholson Street.  It was a few doors up from the People's Dispensary, which was on the corner of West Richmond Street and Richmond Place.

I believe that there was a butcher's shop between the Dispensary and Tusi's. Further up towards Nicholson Street was The Geisha, where I used to take the accumulator for the wireless, to be charged up. Hardly anyone had a TV. In those days.

Bill Cockburn, Comely Bank, Edinburgh:  May 6, 2007

 

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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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