Edinburgh History

1958

as reported by the Evening Dispatch

Please scroll down this page to read:

1.  Edinburgh Newspapers

2.  News in 1958

3.  Adverts -  Polyfotos

4.  Adverts -  Railways

5.  Pedestrian Crossing

6.  Photographs in the Paper

7.  Shopping  -  Edinburgh Districts

 

 

1.

Edinburgh Newspapers

Edinburgh Evening News

and Evening Dispatch

In 1958, Edinburgh had two newspapers, Edinburgh Evening News and Evening Dispatch.  They merged in 1963 to form the Edinburgh Evening News & Dispatch, now the Evening News.

Layout of the Evening Dispatch

The Evening Dispatch followed a fairly predictable format in 1958.

 CAR ACCIDENTS: The photograph on page 1 was frequently of a car accident, sometime a fairly minor accident.  Such photos appeared on page 1 on Jan 4, 6, 30; Feb 1, 8, 16, 22 and throughout the year.

 -  GROUPS:  Most of the photos inside the paper were of groups of people at different social gatherings in Edinburgh.  Presumably the paper did good business in selling copies of these photos to readers.

GUINEA PRIZES:  Crowds were photographed at football matches.  The heads of three people in the crowd were circled, and they were offered one guinea (1.05) each for identifying themselves to the paper.  This may have boosted the newspaper sales.

PREMIUM BONDS: There were regular lists of the numbers of the winning Premium Bonds.  Premium Bonds had been introduced in 1956.

-   HOSPITAL PATIENTS: There were regular reports of the health of people in hospital, each given a number and categorised as:
  xxx

SHOPS: Every second Friday, except during the summer months, the newspaper ran a shopping article.  This included a photograph of an Edinburgh street and usually a street plan showing the locations of the shops.

 

2.

News in 1958

News reported in the Evening Dispatch in 1958 included:

'The Big Freeze' and heavy snow Jan 20-24

-   USA launches first satellite to orbit the world  Feb 1
Headline: 'American Sputnik up at last'  (Russia had already launched two sputniks.)

-   Manchester United team in Air Crash on take off at Munich  Feb 6
A BEA plane carrying the Manchester United team crashed and burst into flames on its 3rd attempt to take off from Munich Airport in snow and ice.  21 people died including 7 Manchester United footballers.
The Evening Dispatch reported that the club's Manager was amongst the deaths.  In fact he was one of those seriously injured.  He recovered;  he died in 1994 aged 85.

-   Leith Docks strike  Mar 4-7

-   Floods and storm damage at Portobello  April 4

-   Donald Campbell sets new water speed record, 248mph, in 'Bluebird'   Nov

 

3.

Adverts

Polyfotos

In  1958,  PTs (Patrick Thomson's) department store at North Bridge, then Binns department store at the West End of Princes Street advertised special rates for Polyfotos taken in their stores.

Polyfotos were popular in the 1950s  -  forty-eight different small photos, often of children,  were contact printed onto a single sheet, then the best would be chosen to be enlarged.

Advert for Polyfotos at Patrick Thomson's, North Bridge, close to the junction with the High Street       Advert for Polyfotos at Binns, West End of Princes Street, Edinburgh

 

4.

Adverts

Railways

On Jan 21, the Evening Dispatch announced five railway routes that were to be converted to diesel operation during 1958.  In the early months of 1958, the paper published British Railways advertisements for each of these lines.

Edinburgh History - 1958  -  Adverts for the introduction of new diesel services  -  Waverley, Peebles and Galashiels       Edinburgh History - 1958  -  Adverts for the introduction of new diesel services  -  Corstorphine, Waverley and North Berwick         Edinburgh History - 1958  -  Adverts for the introduction of new diesel services  -  Edinburgh Suburban Stations and Edinburgh to Musselburgh       Edinburgh History - 1958  -  Adverts for the introduction of new diesel services  -  Princes Street and Leith (North)

Evening Dispatch:  Jan 21, 1958, p.8

 

5.

Pedestrian Crossing

Most of the photos in the Evening Dispatch were of groups of people in Edinburgh.  However, the paper also published  a number of photographs of views around Edinburgh.  I particularly liked these:

Edinburgh's newest form of pedestrian control started today - amid confusion.  Five policemen were on duty at the corner of North Bridge and the High Street to educate the public in the use of the "Cross Now" pedestrian buttons.

With people on opposite corners pressing the button at the same time, impatiently waiting for the instructions to cross to flash on, and finally setting off against the traffic stream, the policemen had to step in and control the cars.

First reactions from the public were "too complicated" and "I can't understand it".  A motorist said "This has always been an awkward crossing ... now it's twice as bad" and an off-duty policeman commented:  "It's an experiment, but I don't think it will work."

 

 

6.

Photographs in the Paper

In addition to printing many photos of groups of people in Edinburgh, the Evening Dispatch also published  a number of photographs of scenes around Edinburgh.  I particularly liked these:

Views around Edinburgh

Jan 6

pp.8-9

Cramond

Jan 19

p.1

Duke Street - winter

Mar 7 p.1

Alhambra, Leith Walk - to close Mar 8

Mar 9

p.?

Leith Docks - back to work after strike

Mar 19

p.11

Leith Docks  -  new SAI plant opens

Apr 8

p.1

Leith - car lifted from Water of Leith

Apr 11

p.6

Portobello  -  heavy seas

May 7

p.1

Leith Street  -  roadworks

Jun 28

p.5

Royal Mile  -  traffic accident

Aug 8 p.11

Salisbury Crags - bus tour

Aug 20 pp.8-9

South Queensferry - rail bridge + ferry

Aug 23 p.16

Edinburgh Castle - Tattoo

Sep 18 p.1

Colinton - fire at Redhall Mill

Sep 19 p.21

Restalrig - Parish Church

Sep 26 p.2

Ferry - 'Mary Queen of Scots' under repair in Leith Dry Docks after colliding with S Queensferry Pier.

Oct 10 pp.13-14

Granton - October sunshine

Oct 10 p.15

Cowgate - Magdalen Chapel

Oct 30 p.17

St John's Church + Edinburgh Castle

Oct 15 p.5

Leith Docks - launch of 'HM Tug Typhoon'

Oct 16 pp.10,11

Princes Street Gardens - Autumn leaves

Oct 17 p.22

Grants Department Store

Oct 24 p.15

Turnhouse Airport + 3 Chipmunks

Oct 24 p.17

Carnegie Street - back greens

Nov 1 p7

St John's + St Cuthbert's Churches

Nov 8 p7

Craigmillar Castle

 

 

7.

Edinburgh Districts

Shopping

Every second Friday, except during the summer months, the Evening Dispatch ran a shopping article.  This included a photograph of an Edinburgh street and usually a street plan showing the locations of the shops.  These were the locations covered in 1958

Shops

Jan 17

p.14

Haymarket

Jan 31

p.14

Leith Street

Feb 14

p.14

Dalkeith

Feb 28

p.18

Broxburn + Uphill

Mar 14

p.18

 Newhaven

Mar 28

p.18

 Abbeyhill

Apr 11

p.15

Portobello High St

Apr 25

p.18

Church Hill

May 9

p.19

Gorgie

May 23

p.18

Stockbridge

Jun 6

p.18

Corstorphine

Jun 27

p.18

Bruntsfield

Oct 17

p.22

Haymarket

Oct 31

p.22

Newington

Nov 7

p.16

Kirkcaldy

 

Evening Dispatch:  16 May 1958, p.9

 

 

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