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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

Our Old Radio

Leith

Frank Ferri wrote:

The Wireless

"Popular brands of the old acid battery powered wireless (radio) were Phillips, Baird and Bush  

The accumulator (battery) was made of thick glass, with a wire carrying handle, and itís internal components were much the same as that found in a car battery."

Bangor Road

"When the battery had run out of power, I was sent to carry this heavy acid-filled container, with the wire grip cutting into my fingers and awkwardly holding it away from my body so as not to burn myself with any acid leakage, to the wee cobbler's shop situated in a basement area at the top Bangor Road.

I think his name was Frame. He charged six pence for a half- charge and nine pence for a full charge. On many occasions, when you were listening to your favourite program, the accumulator would frustratingly go dead and always in the middle of your favourite programme."

Music

"Favourite Radio Programmes in the late 40s/early 50s were:

Housewives Choice, 10.00am, broadcast daily.

-  American Services Network (AFN), broadcast from Germany

Family Favourites, on a Sunday

-  Radio Luxemburg .

These were the only sources of listening to the popular music of the time, such as Guy Mitchell, Johnny Ray, Frankie Laine, Joe Stafford, to name just a few, even then as a youngster you had to listen to a load of rubbish (to a teenagers mind) to hear something you liked. There were no 'Top Ten' charts then."

Drama

"Drama was provided by:

- 'Dragnet', an American police crime series, featuring Jack Webb, a brilliant thriller

'Dick Barton, Special Agent', with his 2 accomplices, Snowy and Jock

'Into Battle', a series of war stories, or the best of them all:

 - This is Your Story Teller, 'The Man in Black', narrated by Valentine Dyle, the man with the deep frightening voice who told stories of murder and mystery."

At Home

"I remember baby sitting my wee brother whilst my parents went off visiting relatives, banking up the fire with the precious coal, then turning out the lights for dramatic effect so that the shadows of the flickering fire made weird forms and shapes on the walls and ceiling, added to that was the noise of the draft coming from under the door as you  listened to these horror stories accompanied with the atmosphere of self inflicted fear that would make anybodyís flesh crawl let alone that of a child.

My parents would quietly return thinking we would be in bed and frighten us with their sudden entry. Then came a big rollicking for not being in our beds and having too much coal on the fire."

Parental punishment

"My father was a regular church-goer.  He would call me on a Sunday morning to go to 10.00am Mass.

If I failed to get up on time go with him, on his return from church, if I was listening to Family Favourites (the only source of radio popular music) he would switch the radio off in anger as my punishment."

Frank Ferri, Newhaven, Leith:  May 5, 2008

 

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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