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Edinburgh

Milk Bars

 

Recollections

1.

Bob Sinclair

Queensland, Australia:  December, 2009

Thank you to Bryn Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland for the following memories of Edinburgh Milk Bars in the 1950s:

Milk Bar Kids

"In the 1950s, we were more ‘Milk Bar Kids’ than ‘Milky Bar Kids’.

I can remember two Milk Bars in Edinburgh. The first was on the east side of South St Andrew Street, about three or four shops up from where McDonalds is now.

 South St Andrew Street

     South St Andrew Street  -  Tram heading to the south towards Princes Street ©

There was a second one on the east side of Lothian Road, a little up the hill from the Usher Hall.

Milk Bars were a no frills type of place, self-service, and a rather Spartan layout, where you perched precariously on bar stools at Formica-topped, tables and counters. The assistants were also no frills, no nonsense type women, with powerful forearms like Popeye the Sailor Man’s."

 

Milk Shakes and Sardine Specials

"Apart from flavoured milk, and trendy milk shakes, the Milk Bar also sold sandwiches and rolls.

Not, for us boys, the scrambled egg and cress model. These were for girls and old ladies. We knew exactly what we were there for – the sardine special.

This was a large, elongated, soft, finger roll, laced with butter and a filling which was two parts mushed-up sardines and one part vinegar."

There was a hard-earned skill to eating a Milk Bar sardine special. A big bite in the wrong place, would quickly have the vinegar running down your chin, all the way down your clothes. A bite too fierce, and the vinegar would squirt in all directions, power spraying anyone within five yards of you.

The trick  was a bite of just the right intensity, followed by a powerful sook, which grabbed  a chunk of roll and filling, and sooked up any escaping vinegar. This routine had to be repeated carefully several times, until the roll was completely devoured.

Then, you wiped your oily, smelly hands on your trousers, which gave the game away when you got home.

The 'bite and sook' technique was also used for devouring vanilla slices sold at Edinburgh's bakers' shops.

Bryan Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland:  May 7, 2006

 

Recollections

2.

Danny Callaghan

Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland

Thank you to Danny Callaghan who wrote:

Furniture

"The Milk Bar group were one of the first businesses to employ furniture designers.   They designed a chair/stool specifically for the milk bars.  These were comfortable when you initially sat in them, but after a while became uncomfortable so you did not linger too long and therefore increased customer throughput."

Danny Callaghan, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland:  November 4, 2009

 

 

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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