The Carbray Family
Reproduced with acknowledgement to Maureen
A Postcard from Morrison's Studio in
Thank you to Steven Mackie of Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland, for
sending me this photograph of his Grandmother's family.
Their family name was Carbray and they stayed in
Summerlee in Larkhall, Lanarkshire.
Many early photographs turn up with no identification of the sitters.
So it is good to see photos like this one that have survived in the family
and are appreciated.
The Number on the Postcard
This card has a low number (2691) written in pencil on the back,
indicating that it was probably produced in the early years of Morrison's
business - perhaps in 1912 or 1913 when Morrison's had a
studio in Portobello, before they opened their Edinburgh studio.
In fact, over two or three decades, Morrison's produced a total of over
It was common practice for photographers to write numbers on the backs
of their photos in pencil, to make it easy for customers (and for
themselves) if orders were placed for further copies at a later date.
All they would then need to do is find the negatives with the same numbers
as the photos requested.
The Carbray Family - Update
Thank you to Katherine Fraser Bailey who wrote:
"The family in this photo is
also my family.
- The woman seated
and holding baby is Catherine Fraser. She married Edward Carbray,
seated on the chair arm.
- Christine Fraser
is seated on the right.
- Behind the baby, is
Annie Lemon Carbray who married William Ramsey Aitken. She is
daughter of Cath & Edward and is mother of baby.
- Robert Fraser
Carbray, brother, is at rear between Cath & Edward."
"I previously sent you these
postcards, for Bath Street, of:
- Catherine and
- Catherine and her children:
Katherine Fraser Bailey,
Kamsack, Saskatchewan Canada:
December 3, 2008