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Toys

during World War II and 1950s

 

Recollections

1.

Frank Ferri

Newhaven, Edinburgh

Toys from our Youth

2.

Allan Dodds

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

Clickers

Whackers

3.

Danny Callaghan

Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland

Whackers

Gliders

4.

Jim Suddon

Morningside, Edinburgh

Porter's Toy Shop

Neal's Toy Shop

Beaton's Toy Shop

 

Recollections

1.

Frank Ferri

Newhaven, Edinburgh

Thank you to Frank Ferri, Newhaven, Edinburgh, who wrote:

Toys from our Youth

"Does anyone remember Clickers?  The Paratroopers used them during WW2 in the field to identify friend or foe.  They were, also used to train dogs.

The kids' version was shaped like a small green frog.  It cost coppers.  We sometimes got them as freebies in comics."

Frank Ferri, Newhaven, Edinburgh:  June 3, 2012

 

Recollections

2.

Allan Dodds

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

Thank you to Allan Dodds, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

Clickers

"Frank Ferri is right in identifying clickers. I had one and it was shaped like a frog."

Whackers

"Frank mentions freebies with comics. He will therefore remember 'whackers' which when swiped through the air gave off an alarming explosive sound.

They were just made out of paper and card but we got some mileage out of them by sloping up behind someone and whacking the air behind them."

Allan Dodds, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England:  June 20, 2012

Whackers

I also remember Whackers.  I believe that they were given away with the first or second edition of The Topper comic when it was launched in 1953.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  June 20, 2012

Recollections

3.

Danny Callaghan

Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland

Thank you to Danny Callaghan, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland, who wrote:

Whackers

"Like Allan Dodds and yourself, I remember well the Whackers. They were given away with the Topper and also the Beezer. These comics used to have lots of different give aways.

Gliders

"There were also gliders.  You pressed the wings etc out of the thin balsa sheet and put a small lead weight on the nose and then had hours of fun, setting the position of the wing or tail and making them do loop the loop, etc.

The exercise I got running up and down the Sandy Hill at Broughton Road to recover them and then re-fly must have been great for my health.  Do not think they would be allowed now because of the lead weight.   Bahh, H&S."

Danny Callaghan, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland:  June 21, 2012

 

Recollections

4.

Jim Suddon

Morningside, Edinburgh

Thank you to Jim Suddon for writing about the Edinburgh toy shops that he remembers.

Jim wrote:

Porter's Toy Shop

Greenside Place

"The toy shop I most remember was a shop called Porters in Greenside Place, just two or three shops down from the Playhouse.

Some of the windows were set back and would back onto Greenside LaneGreenside Lane was at its Northern end whilst Leitch's Lemonade Factory lay immediately behind it.

Cycles and Toys

"James Porter had been a notable motor cyclist in his time and was recognized as such by the older generation.  His shop sold bicycles, autocycles, motor bikes, etc., but it had a large window full of toys, dolls, etc."

Cowboy Guns

"In the late-1940s, part of the shop's display was of cowboy guns.  There was one called The Champ.  It looked magnificent in the window and my pal Jim and I pestered our families for this to be bought for Christmas.

We looked longingly into the window to ensure that it was still there, and on Christmas we were both out with our new toy.

Alas it proved to be the most disappointing toy ever purchased. It was poorly made and soon was unable to fire the caps we used to feed into it on a roll.  Jim and I still talk about that experience after all the years."

Neal's Toy Shop

Sports and Toys

"This was a sports shop in Antigua Street just across the road from the Playhouse and overlooking London Road."

Dinky Cars

"This shop also sold Dinky Cars, but that was only when they were available. The man who ran the shop, whose name escapes me, could be persuaded to put one aside when a new order was due.  They had no packaging then and were handed over as they were.

The proprietor of this shop was a Superintendent of the Police Specials and a Director of the Hearts."

Beaton's Toy Shop

Sports and Toys

"This shop was on part of the site that has now become The Omni entertainment complex in Leith Street.  It was entered by going up a few steps.  The window was quite high off the pavement."

Dolls

"I was never in the shop but it always had a window full of rows and rows of dolls. There seemed to be all kinds of dolls, including black dolls.  I often wonder if they ever sold them, or was this just window dressing. This shop must have closed about 1950."

Window Dressing

Window dressing with unobtainable goods was part of life then. Often the goods were the property of the proprietor's family.  They were used to entice in customers.  Once they were inside,  they might be persuaded to buy some of the less attractive goods available.  'Export only' was a phrase one heard often."

Jim Suddon, Morningside, Edinburgh:  February 20, 2009

  

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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