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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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John Gibson & Son

Garage at Jameson Place, Leith

Recollections

1.

John Fraser

Inch, Edinburgh

Thank you to John Fraser who wrote:

My First Job

"I left school in 1950 and started my first job in January 1951 at John Gibson and Son Ltd. in Jameson Place Leith.

I walked into their stores and asked the man behind the counter (Jock Naismith from Musselburgh, as I found out once I had the job) if there were any vacancies.

He went into the small office then came out and told me that the Stores Manager, Jimmy Farquhar, would see me.  After asking a few questions he told me I could start the next day.

I rushed home and told my mother and she took me to Clinkscales in Great Junction Street to get overalls.  I started in the stores, helping at the counter."

Delivery

"Some firm had ordered a road spring for a lorry, and our blacksmith made one. I got the job of taking it to the station, Leith Central.  

I lifted it on to the two wheel barrow - it was quite heavy for a small lad like me at that time - and wheeled it down Leith Walk.  I then had to push it up the slope at Crown Place into the station. It was some push."

Workshop

"Six months later I went out into the workshop to start as an Apprentice Motor Mechanic. I was put to work with Willie Yourston.

 I also remember:

Jimmy Foley, who only had one eye.

-  Bobby Buckle

Eddie Greenhill ,the foreman

Archie Kinloch, chargehand from Newhaven

Bobby Doyle

Willie Yourston

Davie Brough

Roy Bell

Bobby Buckle.

The apprentices that I remember were:

-  Willie White

-  Keith Ramsay

-  Archie McMasters from Broxburn

-  George Blair

-  Arthur Greenfield."

Other Workers

"I also remember

-  Andrew Brown, the Garageman who ran the fuel pumps and repaired punctures. He also pressed the solid tyres on steel wheels.

Wee Frankie Hay, the stores driver.

Ernie Smith, the lorry driver.  His son, Eric, was an apprentice electrician."

New Vauxhall

"Eric came into work one morning, all excited.  As he had walked down Sloan Street, a woman had come out off a house and stopped him. 'Here son, see that car'. She pointed to a brand new Vauxhall. 'How would you like it?. If you give me a pound it's yours'.

Eric couldn't believe it, but handed over a pound, and the woman gave him all the documents. It turned out that the woman's husband had cheated on her, so she gave his car away."

Twenty Four Years' Work

"I worked in Gibson's for twenty-four years before it closed. Maybe someone out there remembers the good times  -   Mr. George Gibson handing out sweets to the apprenticesHe was a true gentleman."

Refuse Lorries

"The firm made and sold refuse lorries to all over the place.:

-   Baghdad

-  Abu Dhabi

-  Sierra Leone

-  England and Wales.

Before BMC

In the days before B.M.C., we sold and repaired

-  Morris Commercials.

-  Austins.

-  MG and Morris cars.

-  top of the range cars in George Street. 

Other Garages

Other garages were:

-  Wilkinson's, Annandale Street.

Moir & Baxter, Comely Bank."

John Fraser, Inch, Edinburgh:  May 31, 2013

Recollections

2.

John Fraser

Inch, Edinburgh

Thank you to John Fraser for writing again.

John wrote:

Granton Harbour

Gibson's Marine Workshop

"When I was an apprentice at the John Gibson garage at Leith, I was asked if I would like to go on a boat at Granton.   As I lived in Wardieburn Place East, up the hill from Granton Square, I said yes.  This saved me travelling to Leith.

Gibson had a marine workshop on the East side of the Middle Pier at Granton Harbour, near the slipway where the Forth Ferries used to land.

My job was to go down at 7.30am and go onto the last Forth Ferry that had stopped operating to start up a generating engine in the engine room.  Gibson was altering old naval MTBs (motor torpedo boats) into private launches, and the generator was used for their power tools and lights.

For this, I got the princely sum of three-pence an hour, on-board money.

Gibson Marine Workshops

I saw a picture claiming to be the east side of the Middle pier. There was no coaling on the east side of the pier.  It was on the west side.

There were no cranes for unloading the trawlers on the east side of the pier, but boats would be berthed there after they had been off-loaded if there was no room for them to berth at West Pier

I've also seen a picture showing the ferry at Granton.  It also shows the Gibson Marine workshop at top of slipway. My Father worked for Carnie and Gibb driving a fish lorry. I used to go with my pal Ian Little, and go on the Ben Idris. His neighbour, George 'Dode' Scammel was the cook. My brother Davy also sailed from Granton, as did neighbours, the Woods ,Alec Snr. (Janders) who was a skipper, Louis, Alec Jnr, John and Brian. All deckhands. They all worked for T.L.Devlin."

John Fraser, Inch, Edinburgh:  July 8, 2013

 

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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