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The adverts below give a little information about some of Lennie's early business.  However, they appear to have had a wide range of products.

I have had questions from people around the world from people who have instruments and other items all bearing the name, 'Lennie 46 Princes Street'.

The latest item I heard of is a model steam engine, believed to date from the 19th century.

Questions

Can anybody give me information from old catalogues, or personal knowledge of the range of items sold by Lennie, and the extent to which they manufactured these items themselves or sold them on behalf of others?

Are there any members of the Lennie family, still living, who can help to answer this question?

 

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1854

Double Combination Lens with Rack and Pinion

30s to 10 each

Single Combination Lens for Views

13s 6d to 5

Cameras to match

18s6d to 3 3s

James Lennie, Optician  -  14 Leith Street

[The Scotsman  18 January 1854]

The advert above was placed by Lennie a couple of years before the company moved to the premises in Princes Street.  It is interesting to see the cameras and lenses being sold separately, as happened again about a hundred years later with the introduction of the single lens reflex camera.   Both skill and money would have been required to practice photography in the 1850s.

 

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1854

PHOTOGRAPHIC VIEWS of PICTURESQUE SCENERY

Unrivalled specimens of the Art

by Count Vegiers

Venelium, Roman and French

PHOTOGRAPHS

in great variety

James Lennie, Optician

14 Leith Street

[The Scotsman  11 March 1854]

Many stereo views of Edinburgh from Lennie are included on this web site.

 

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