Ceres, Nr Cupar, Fife,
to Frank Howie, Morningside, Edinburgh, who wrote telling me about his
grandfather, also named Frank Howie.
perhaps, related to the Edinburgh
photographers named Howie?
grandfather, Frank Howie, was born in East Fife, I think in Ceres.
He motor-cycled away from Ceres, to build a number of small businesses:
- a photographic business
- small cinema business
-a painting and decorating
He was an early entrepreneur and also an
inventor. He took out some minor patents, eg 'elastic trouser braces'.
"Frank's photographic business was in the
village of Newmills in West Fife,
some 5 miles west of Dunfermline, near the coalfields of High and Low
Unfortunately, few of his old
plates have survived, and his old full-plate camera, which I looked after
until recently, was damaged beyond repair in a house-move."
"In the early years of the film
industry, probably in the 1930s, Frank established 'Newmills Kinema', a
purpose-built cinema, in Newmills, Fife.
My father ran and managed Newmills Kinema
until around the mid-1970s when he died. My mother was the 'Ticket
Frank Howie, Morningside, Edinburgh:
December 29, 2004 and January 21, 2009