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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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Recollections

Portobello

From early-1900s

 

Family History

1.

Katherine Fraser Bailey

Katherine Fraser Bailey wrote:

A.

Catherine Fraser Carbray and her kids

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Catherine Fraser Bailey

"This postcard is of Catherine (Kate) Fraser Carbray and her kids:

-  Annie.

-  Robert F

unknown.

There is no date or photographer's ID on this postcard, but  perhaps you can recognise the backdrop."

Katherine Fraser Bailey:  March 14, 2008

B.

Christina Fraser and Catherine Fraser Carbray

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Catherine Fraser Bailey

"This postcard is of:

-  Christina Fraser.
She had a tobacconist shop on Bath Street.

-  Catherine (Kate) Fraser Carbray (my g.g.aunt).
She was listed in the census as a hotel keeper.  She owned the Comfort Tea Rooms at 56 Bath Street.

Are there any photos of the block in Bath Street including No. 56, where the shop fronts are visible?

Both Christina and Catherine were born in Canada and both died in Portobello.  This photo was taken in Portobello, but there is no date or photographer's ID on this postcard."

Katherine Fraser Bailey:  March 14, 2008

Requests

Katherine added:

"I'd like to hear from family members, as we are basically a lost branch of Frasers who remained in Canada when the rest returned home to Scotland."

Katherine Fraser Bailey:  March 14, 2008

Contacting Katherine

Please email me:

-  if you to recognise the backdrop or the chair in photo 1.

-  if you know of any photos or postcards of the shop fronts in Bath St.

-  if you would like to contact Katherine Fraser Bailey.

Thank you.    -  Peter Stubbs:  April 7, 2008

 

Request for Old Photos

2.

John Simpson

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

John Simpson tells me that he spent many happy hours on holidays at Portobello with his grandparents.

John asks:

Marine Gardens

Question

"Are there any pictures of the wooden roller coaster or motor cycle speedway at Marine Gardens?

A star was Olly Hart.  He was still racing at Meadowbank in 'Monarchs' days."

John added:

"I understand that they once raced 'trams' at Marine Gardens.  I once read an article about it."

John Simpson, Calgary Alberta, Canada:  October 6, 2009

 

Request for Old Photos

2.

Reply

1.

John:

Figure Eight Railways

The wooden roller coaster that you mention would be the 'Figure  Eight Railway' at Marine Gardens, Portobello.

This should not to be confused with the Figure Eight Railway at Fun City, Portobello, beside the Open Air Bathing Pool that  can be seen in the background in the photo below, taken in 1935:

Valentine Postcard  -  The Call of the Seaside, Portobello

Marine Gardens

Margeorie Mekie has a good photograph of the Figure Eight Railway at Marine Gardens in her book 'Old Portobello' (Page 22) together with a brief description of some of the amusements at Marine Gardens:

"Diversions included the river caves, aeroplanes, mountain slide, royal mountain scenic railway, katzenjammer castle, great joy wheel, Parker's shooting range and, for the not so lily-livered, the figure eight railway.

Each car held twenty-eight people and the switchback was three tiers high.  The run took between four and five minutes, and on the dip the car travelled at approximately fifty miles per hour.  The track, which was one mile long, was illuminated with over 3,000 electric light bulbs."

Margeorie Mekie, Portobello, Edinburgh, 1999

I cannot recall having seen any photos of the motor cycle speedway at Marine Gardens.  The 'tram' racing there sounds interesting.  I've not heard of that before.

More Photos?

If you know of any more photos of the subjects that John mentions above, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to him.  Thank you.

 Peter Stubbs:  October 6, 2009

 

Request for Old Photos

2.

Reply

2.

Thank you to Bart Fischer who replied:

Marine Gardens Speedway

"John Simpson asks (above) if there any pictures of the wooden roller coaster or of  motor cycle speedway at Marine Gardens.

There is an the aerial shot of the speedway track in the History section of the Portobello Beach web site.  Click on this link then go to 1934 to see it.

Bart Fischer

Rcollections

3.

Dennis Lynch

Thank you to Dennis Lynch who wrote:

Buchan Pottery

"When browsing, I came across the items about potteries in Portobello and I was reminded of the fact that my grandfather James was a foreman in what became Buchan Pottery before the first World War.

He was responsible for paying the men's wages.  To do this, he would lead them up to the Foresters' Arms in the High Street. The story goes that he would slap a sovereign down on the bar and the drink would  flow while he  paid the men

It's not surprising that my granny left him, taking their nine sons with her, as he became an alcoholic and apparently didn't confine his drinking to Saturdays!"

War Deaths

"Sadly three of the boys  were killed during the war.

In memoriam, James had a pot thrown with their names and details of where they were killed.  My younger brother, Paul, still has it. It must have been a heartbreak for Granny to lose three sons.

Rather oddly I came across a grave stone in Mount Vernon cemetery with a woman's name which I didn't recognise and below it was his name, James Lynch, and a carved note saying 'buried in Portobello Cemetery'.  That's a bit of a mystery."

Ice Cream

"Granny lived in Adelphi Place, Portobello.  I just remember her there, as my Dad used to take me to visit on Sunday afternoon.

She would give me a cup and a penny and I would go down to the High Street at Portobello to an ice cream parlour where I would get the cup filled with ice cream.

My granny died in 1937."

 Peter Stubbs:  October 10, 2009

Recollections

4.

Colin Kemp

Selkirk, Scottish Borders, Scotland

Thank you to Colin Kemp who wrote:

Buchan Pottery

Two Pint Pot

"I have discovered a two pint pot with 'Mrs Buckham Selkirk Be canny wi the butter' in my attic. It is dated 1896.

It has A W Buchan & Co Portobello Scotland on the side."

Colin  Kemp, Selkirk, Scottish Borders, Scotland: Oct 4 (2 emails) + Dec 4, 2012

 

 

Portobello Pictures

Portobello Recollections
1930s-50s

Portobello Recollections
from 1960s

 

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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