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Recollections

Whisky Bond

 

Recollections from

Ella (Helen) Stoddart

Thank you to Helen Stoddart (née Gold) for the recollections below.

Helen wrote:

A New Job

"I met an old friend from the buses who had also she worked in Duncans with me and she tipped me off about a job in the Whiskey Bond, so I promptly went along to see the boss and I was hired there and then.

We had to go through a wee training course as I had to learn to fill in the Custom and Excise sheets when the whisky was finally sealed with the duty label on top of the cork and neck of the bottle."

Broken Bottles

"I remember, one day, I was putting a case of 12 of the best malt on the conveying belt to go to the sealing part were you had the customs officers, and I tripped and the case fell on the floor and all the bottles broke and the whiskey was pouring out.

I stood and cried thinking I would get the sack but the boss with the Customs Officers said:  "You are OK, Ella as the duty slips are not on the bottles and the whiskey is worthless without the final duty on the bottles." I was so relieved and the boss took me into the office and made me a cup of tea."

Supervisor

"Later he promoted me to a supervisor.  The money was great, as I had just got married.  My husband, Rab Stoddart, had been called up for National service and I needed the money to get the hoose ready for him to come home too.

I worked at the whisky bond for many years, until it closed down and I started having a family. Out of all the jobs that I've had, that was the best, and the buses was the hardest."

Ella (Helen) Stoddart, Edinburgh:  April 28, 2007

 

Recollections from

Bryan Gourlay

Thank you to Bryan Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland, who wrote:

Whisky Bond Workers  -  1930s

"It was interesting reading Helen Stoddart’s recollections about working in the whisky bond.

My great aunt mentioned she worked there in the mid 1930s, long before Helen’s time, of course.

I’m as sure as I can be that the attached photo is of the Whisky Bond girls at that time.

 Whiskey Bond Workers  -  1930s ©

The cases look about the right size for whisky bottles, and there are a few barrels at the back left of the picture.

The way they are wrapped up, it looks as if heating for workers wasn’t a priority 70 years ago."

Bryan Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland:  April 30, 2007

The lettering on the cases reads:

VAT 69  ????????

SCOTCH WHISKY

?????????????  ????

LEITH

-  Peter Stubbs:  May 3, 2007

 

Replies

and further correspondence

Whisky Bond Workers

VAT 69

Replies to the messages above can be found on this VAT 69 page on the EdinPhoto web site.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  September 28, 2012

 

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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