I found it
interesting to hear about how some of the Edinburgh photographers operated
in the late-1950s and early-1960s.
In those days,
fewer people owned their own cameras. Mobile phones with cameras
Thank you to
Bill Brady, Edinburgh, for sending me the following recollections.
Anderson & Kirkhope
50 years ago
I remember photographers, Andersen &
Kirkhope, in Edinburgh in the late-1950s and early-1960s.
Ronnie Dorrit worked for them, then did a similar job alone before
moving to Leeds in the early or mid-1960s, continuing to operate the
Photos 'Without Obligation'
The job involved knocking on doors,
usually doors with a pram outside, and booking people into a
'without obligation' deal for family photos.
The photographer would returning a few
days later with six 1/4 plate prints in slip-in folder mounts and a
whole plate print similarly mounted of the best photo.
It was a kind of 'puppy-dog sale', and
most people bought the lot ,as any rejected photos could always be
sold at a 'give-away' price.
Bill Brady, Edinburgh, April 19, 2004