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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

  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

SMT

Sales & Service

1945

Thank you to Ed Thomson, Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland for his memories of work at SMT Sales & Services in Edinburgh from 1945 until 1952 when he pursued a Military Career.

This was Ed's second job after leaving school.  He lost his first job as a decorator after a few months on discovery that he was red/green colour blind.

Ed wrote:

1:17s 6d per week

"I was about to register as unemployed at the Shore Labour Exchange one day, when I met one of my ex-Wardie schoolmates who told me there were vacancies with the SMT Sales and Service at 39 Fountainbridge."

I hot footed it up there that very day and succeeded in getting an interview with the General Manager, Mr Cambage.  I started about three days later on 1:17s 6d per week.

My workplace was in the General Shop on the second level, firstly dismantling salvageable parts from accident damaged vehicles (cars were in very short supply after the War) such as Armstrong Siddeley, MG, Talbot and Vauxhall"

Accidents and Breakdowns

"My Charge Hand was Alex Black who had the responsibility of driving the 'Wrecker'.  He also taught me to drive when I was 17. We attended many road accidents and breakdowns in the City.

One time, we had to recover Jimmy Logan the comedian from the Maybury when he had just got married to Grace Pagan he wasn't in a mood to be funny that day as he had an American Hudson Terraplane which we were unable to repair for some weeks 'awaiting spares'."

Hudson Terraplane

  Hudson Terraplane

My Car  -  Price 12

"Another workmate was Jim McNeill from Brandon Terrace, He asked me, one day, if I'd like a car. There was to be a sale of Government Surplus vehicles at Powderhall Stadium in July 1947.

I went to the sale and became, for 12, the owner of a 1944 ex- National Fire Service Austin utility in grey rust finish with 'AFS' on the doors! It only had a few thousand miles on the clock and the canvas canopy was covered in moss.

A couple of days later we borrowed the Garage Salvage truck to tow it to my Uncle's garage in Inverleith Terrace Lane where I had once worked.  We added a second hand 6v battery from the SMT garage and a gallon of then rationed petrol.  We connected the battery and the engine started at the fourth attempt.

Of course it took some time to get it roadworthy but it was already registered with a London provincial number so it was soon on the road. I kept that vehicle until 1950  and hardly spent a penny on it.

I was with the SMT at various branches  including Croall & Croall then in York Place and also Roseburn Street.  I left in 1952 to join the REME and pursue a Military career."

Ed Thomson, Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland:  April 25, 2006

 

Recollections

Hudson Terraplane

1940s

Thank you to Alex Dow who, after reading the comments above, sent me some of his memories of Broughton in the 1940s

Alex wrote:

Hudson Terraplane

"The mention of a Hudson Terraplane brought back more memories.

As I was born in 1935, and was quite young when I first encountered the Hudson Terraplane. 

It seemed enormous to me, having to take one or two steps to reach the back seat.  Few car aficionados have heard of it.

Hudson Terraplane

   Hudson Terraplane car  -  1936

I traveled in one quite frequently, including delivering wedding cakes baked by my father during World War II, and also in the later 1940s."

Alex Dow, Fife, Scotland:   September 8, 2006

 

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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