Alec Roberts

Alec Roberts

  Edinburgh photographer, Alec Roberts

Alec Roberts and Family

   Edinburgh photographer, Alec Roberts and family

Marilyn Evan's mother

Photograph from the studio of Edinburgh photographer, Alec Roberts  -  Portrait of Marilyn Evan's mother, aged about 6

Please click on the thumbnail images above to see photos of Alec Roberts and his family.

 

Alec Roberts' Studio

Alexander Roberts was a professional photographer from 1908 to 1941.

From 1933 onwards, he was based at 2 Northfield Road, an address sometimes described as Post Office, or sub-Post Office, Northfield Road.

Here are two postcards from Alec Roberts' studio:

Postcard Portrait

Postcard Portrait  -  Alex Roberts  -  A lady, a girl and a pillar

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Bryan Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland

This postcard is numbered 108299.  Bryan Gourlay, who provided the image, believes that the photograph was taken around 1929.

Postcard Portrait

Postcard Portrait  -  Alex Roberts  -  small girl on stairs

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Bryan Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland

This postcard is numbered 91880.  Bryan Gourlay, who provided the image, believes that the photograph was taken around 1922.

More Postcard Portraits

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Alec Roberts' Studio

Thanks to Bryan Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland who writes:

Willowbrae Road / Smokey Brae

"My 90 year-old aunt remembers Alec Roberts' studio in Piershill well, and had a number of photos taken there.

 She says it was in the line of shops near the Willowbrae Road / Smokey Brae (Restalrig Road South) junction probably opposite Piershill barracks where Piershill Square was built."

Thanks to Corinna Bolton, Loose, Maidstone, Kent, England for sending me a photograph of her grandmother, Hettie Gould, taken at Alec Roberts' studio.

Corinna wrote:

Music Hall Artiste

"I have been finding out details of my grandmother's life.

I attach a photograph of my grandmother Hettie Gould. toured as a music hall artiste around 1913-1914 in Scotland. My family have old photographs of her, including  one which has on the back 'Alec Roberts Piershill Edinburgh'

She performed at the Pavilion Theatre in Ayr in March 1914."

Corinna Bolton, Loose, Maidstone, Kent, England:  September 10, 2006

Please e-mail me if you have any information on Hettie Gould or her performances, so that I can pass on details to Corinna Bolton.  Thank you.  -  Peter Stubbs:  September 17, 2006

Thank you to Marilyn Evan, great niece of Alexander Roberts, for providing a photograph of Alec.

Edinburgh photographer, Alec Roberts

Marilyn spoke to  her Aunt Rose (Alec's niece).  Her Aunt replied to Marilyn:

Alec and his Studio

"Uncle Alec was a well known and respected photographer in Edinburgh.  I remember his mannerisms when he was photographing us, especially after the 'take'.

Your mum and I used to get fed up with having to pose for photographs.  She, like Tommy, their brother, was very photogenic and posed a lot for Uncle.

Your mum and I used to call at Uncle's studio on our way home from school to play with the props.  there was a black and white piano with the sound box removed, a staircase leading to nowhere, etc."

February, 2007

 

Alec Roberts

Alec Roberts and Family

 

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