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Adam Diston

Cartes de Visite

Outdoor views

 

1.

Market Stalls

Carte de Visite - front

Carte de visite by Adam Diston - Market stalls

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Back of a carte de visite by Adam Diston  -  Market Stalls

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This carte de visite has no title or date but the back has no medals illustrated, suggesting that the card would have been produced in 1871 or earlier.  The scene may be market stalls in Fife, Scotland.

Question 1

Do you recognise the scene?  If so, please email me.

Thank you.    -  Peter Stubbs

 

Question 1.

Answer

Thank you to  Eric Eunson for telling me more about this photograph.  Eric has been collecting postcards and photographs of Levenmouth and the East Neuk of Fife for over 30 years, and is currently writing a book about Leven, which he describes as the 'Cinderella' town of Fife.

Eric wrote:

Leven

"I can identify this photo.  The market scene is Leven High Street.  I can date this accurately to 1868,  and substantiate arriving at such a specific date.

This picture does not show the Royal Bank of 1869.

Adam Diston's address,  Railway Cottage. does not appear on the 1866 OS map,  nor is Diston noted as a  Leven photographer in 1866.  He was in Cupar in 1867 and  I believe he did not come to Leven until 1868.

The evidence suggests Adam Diston had Railway Cottage erected in 1868.  Railway cottage stood near Leven's original station,  which was replaced in 1889 by one nearer the town.

A new road was made to the station. Adam Diston's house, Talbot Cottage, was built on the corner.  It was the first house built there.  In the same year Diston adds "& Son" to his photographs."

Eric Eunson, Leven, Fife, Scotland:  September 11, 2009

Eric added:

Leven

"The market day photograph above shows a unique depiction of one of the last 17th century buildings in the town centre,  the pantiled shop of Geordie Lochtie the draper,  projecting into the street on the left.

The Town Council were eager to remove these obstructions from the narrow street,  and this was pulled down in 1874.  This is quite the best of three known pictures of Leven market,  which had dwindled almost to nothing by the 1900s.  The history of this from its barony days is a vital part of the history of Leven.  

Eric Eunson, Leven, Fife, Scotland:  September 23, 2009

 

2.

Outmost Beacon

Carte de Visite - front

Carte de visite by Adam Diston  -  Outmost Beacon

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Carte de Visite - back

Back of a carte de visite by Adam Diston  -  Outmost Beacon

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This carte de visite has no title, except for the note written on the back, which ends with the interesting comment: "Boy stooping is Jim"

The photo is not dated, but the two medals on the back of the carte suggest that it would have been produced between 1871 and 1876.

It may be the shore of the Firth of Forth in Fife, Scotland.

Question 2

Do you recognise the scene?  If so, please email me.

Thank you.    -  Peter Stubbs

 

Question 2.

Answer

Thank you to  Eric Eunson who replied:

River Leven

"This view with the sailing ship is the mouth of the River Leven looking out to sea.  I agree with your date range."

Eric Eunson, Leven, Fife, Scotland:  September 11, 2009

Eric added:

River Leven

"The ship at the river mouth predates the construction of the Leven Dock in 1879,  before which ships were often just run ashore in the sandy bay which was formalised to create the dock,  and also along the foreshore near the mouth of the river. 

Again it shows a scene which would soon be obsolete.  The Dock was a failure,  hastened in its demise by the opening of Methil Dock in 1889.  It was finally infilled in 1910,  and the maritime trade of Leven was at an end.

Eric Eunson, Leven, Fife, Scotland:  September 23, 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