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A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

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January 2003

 

Date: 3 Jan 2003     Time: 01:19

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I was lucky enough to make my first visit to Edinburgh late last year. It's devastating to see the damage from the fires but thanks to your website I was at least able to ascertain that my friends there weren't in the middle of it - though not far away, in Schoolyards. Thank you for the service; is there any way of posting condolences to the people of Edinburgh? They must be feeling gutted. Cheers, Jan

 

 

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1.  Only a very small part of the Old Town has been lost

 

Thanks for your comments and your thoughts.

I don't know of anywhere to post condolences or comments.  However, despite the serious loss of buildings,  the area affected is only a small part of the Old Town, and there was no loss of life or injury.

 

2.  Edinburgh following the Fire

 

The familiar views of the Old Town, Royal Mile, Castle, Holyrood, Grassmarket, etc. have all survived in tact:

 

Peter Stubbs:      3 January 03    -  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk

Date: 5 Jan 2003     Time: 07:41

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Hi

It took an eternity but I finally found a postcard photograph of my grandfather taken by Mr Crooke of Lyceum Studios sometime during the war. As you can imagine it is quite faded and for a second I thought I had found a site that would miraculously have a better copy. I do not suppose that anything would survive 80 plus years later?

Kind regards

Allen Glasson Ashburton NEW ZEALAND

 

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Mr Crooke's Lyceum Studio

 

Allen:  Unfortunately,  glass negatives were bulky and heavy and most of the early photographic studios must have produced large numbers of them.  As a result, almost all appear to have been lost - possibly thrown out by the photographers when they thought they would no longer be required to make copy photos, or when they moved premises or closed their businesses.

I don't know of any that negatives that have survived from Lyceum Studios.

However, it is now possible to scan old faded photos into the computer and from them produce images with better contrast, brightness, etc and with any scratches and other damage repaired.  Please e-mail me if you'd like to discuss further.

 

Peter Stubbs      6 January 03    -  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk

Date: 8 Jan 2003     Time: 03:11

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I have a print by the artist J.S.H. Kever, published by AW Elson & Co of Boston. I would like to learn more about dates, people ect and also the value if any. masloan@telus.net

 

Date: 8 Jan 2003     Time: 15:12

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Ok some good info. i will becoming back to this site in the futer if ever i need info on Edenbrugh.

 

Date: 9 Jan 2003     Time: 15:24

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A TRULY GREAT WEBSITE, FASCINATING INFO & PHOTOS,  I SHALL BE E-MAILING MY UNCLE IN AUSTRALIA TO TELL HIM TO PAY YOU A VISIT,HE LEFT OUR GREAT CITY ABOUT 25 YEARS AGO BUT IS STILL IN LOVE WITH IT NOW.

I WOULD ALSO BE VERY GRATEFULL TO ANYONE WHO COULD TELL ME INFORMATION ABOUT ANYONE IN THE CITY BY THE NAME OF CLEAT BEFORE , SAY, 1900 AS IM INTRESTED IN COMPILING A FAMILY TREE.

FAMILY NAME IS CLEAT. I CAN BE CONTACTED AT moray@cleat1874.fsnet.co.uk KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK,

MORAY

 

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Family History

 

Moray

You may find it also worthwhile leaving a message on the guest book of the Scottish Genealogy Society's site.  The society is based in Edinburgh.  The address of its web site is http://www.scotsgenealogy.com

 

Peter Stubbs      10 January 03    -  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk

Date: 10 Jan 2003     Time: 08:07

Comments

Congratulations on an excellent website. I am researching my family tree. My GOOD ancestors hailed from Colinton, Liberton, Edinburgh.

I wonder if James Good Tunney is related and would like to correspond with anyone who knows anything about his maternal line.

You may wish to add the following links to your website which I have found useful:

http://www.libertonkirk.freeserve.co.uk/liberton2.htm#top1

http://www.colinsymes.u-net.com/Goodscorner.html

Congratulations once again, Elizabeth Pidgeon Eltham, Victoria, Australia Liz@pidgeon.com

Please visit: www.pidgeon.info

 

 

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Liberton Photos

 

Thanks for giving he links above.  The first of these leads to a site with12 old photos of Liberton and a map.  I have now updated my Liberton page to include a link to this site.

 

Peter Stubbs      12 January 03    -  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk

Date: 10 Jan 2003     Time: 14:40

Comments

I am researching a project centred around a box of negatives which seem to date from the beginning of the last century. There are about 60 in all - views and buildings, many with people. I have so far identified one of the locations as the garden behind Randolph Crescent. The pictures are charming with young women students with books and some younger children, boys and girls and governess types. Other locations are more puzzling and intriguing but they all seem to me to have an educational context. I would dearly like some help/opinion with tracing the locations and speculating on the stories behing the images. I can email or send prints of images on request. Thank you. lillyg@dircon.co.uk

 

Date: 11 Jan 2003     Time: 18:16

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I just discovered your web site today. Absolutely marvelous. I was born in Edinburgh and was a choir boy at the Canongate Kirk and attended Moray House School in the 50's. (The science classroom was where the balcony is). My father attended Milton House school and my mother went to Cranston Street school. My Grandmother was born at Miller's Close, 171 Canongate in 1881. My Great Grandfather lived in Morroco Close in the Canongate 1865, and my great great grandfather lived in Lyons close in the High Street (1851 census). So you can see some of these photos add a lot the lives of the Wood family in Edinburgh. I am still browsing. Ian Wood

 

Date: 12 Jan 2003     Time: 20:04

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I have recently acquired from an olde book shop a book by John MacWhirter R.A. Entitled: "Sketches From Nature" dated MDCCCCXIII The Book contains about 40 coloured & B/W Sketches which I have scanned to my website at: http://www.geocities.com/fabarte/LINKS.html. 

(This web site seems to be no longer active  -  Peter Stubbs, April 2005)

 

 

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Sketches from Nature

 

There are some attractive images here, but unfortunately none of Edinburgh!

 

Peter Stubbs      14 January 03    -  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk

 

Date:14 Jan 2003     Time: 20:17

Comments

I need Infomation on Jeremiah and Ruby(Parker)Ross.They were my gr.grandparents.Daughter Martha Jane Ross was my grandmother,Married John Luper,my mother Evie Luper married Will Hooks.Have been searching for any infomation on my mothers Ross,Ancestry.From AK.and OK.and TX.my email address wildthang13801@yahoo.com

 

Date: 16 Jan 2003     Time: 14:00

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Great site. I teach photo in the States. dd english

 

Date: 16 Jan 2003     Time: 14:21

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Wonderful site! My 3rd Great Grandfather was from Leith Walk - William Allan. Good work. Judith Steele.

 

Date: 18 Jan 2003     Time: 14:09

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i was born to alexander ayton in 1961,my mother antonia ayton,im looking for family of aytons my fathers mothers name was elizabeth ayton,

 

Date: 21 Jan 2003     Time: 19:48

 

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Hi great site my name is William Watson i am named after my grandad, my Uncle, my Great Great Grandad and amny more of my relatives who come from Edinborough. I wander if i am related? i am 15 years old my dad says i am related to a William 'Willy' Watson who used to play football and cricket for England And Scotland. Feel free to E-Mail me at mcmysteryman@yahoo.co.uk

 

Date: 22 Jan 2003     Time:  09:18

Comments

I want to know about map hotels that are near to napier university. please guide me.

 

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Napier University

My interest is in the History of Photography in Edinburgh, rather than Edinburgh Hotels.  However, I hope the following helps:

1. Napier University have several sites in Edinburgh.  You should be able to find the name of the site you will be visiting on this map:  http://www.napier.ac.uk/campusmaps/lothian3.asp.

2.  Once you know the location you can try a site such as Edinburgh & Lothian Tourist Board to book a hotel.  You will find them at  http://www.edinburgh.org/accommodation/accommod.html

 

Peter Stubbs      22 January 03    -  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk

 

 

Date: 24 Jan 2003     Time: 23:35

Comments

I am researching my husband's tree and find this site very interesting. I was looking for the statue of Greyfriars Bobby as well with no luck so far. I also have my Mother-in-Law's postcards from circa 1920 of a group of kids outside 36 Caledonian Crescent if you are interested in it.

Marilyn McKenna Crestmead Brisbane AUS

 

 

 

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Greyfriars Bobby

 

1.  I'll add a picture of Greyfriars' Bobby to this site.

 

2.  Yes I would like to see your Caledonian Crescent post card.
     Thank you.   Is there a photographer's name on the back of the card? 

 

Peter Stubbs      25 January 03        -  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk

 

 

Date: 25 Jan 2003     Time:  23:04

Comments

very cool web

Date: 28 Jan 2003     Time: 13:12

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I found your site by chance as I was looking for info on Photographers in Fife. I have a number of older photos and until now little chance of working out who they might be. My family come from Fife and Edinburgh and it looks as if, from the info on your site, that I might have a wee collection of the visiting cards you refer to. It will take me a while to work through them all, but I thank you for providing this great resource!

 

 

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Fife Photographers

 

Thanks for your comments.  If you have any photos taken by photographers based in Fife, and are wondering when the photographers were in business, have a look at this site: Fife Photographers  -  Fife Family History Society

 

Peter Stubbs   -  28January 03  -  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk

Date: 29 Jan 2003     Time: 10:01

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Hi from Australia, I found your site on Alta Vista, my wife has ancestors named LAW who came from Campbells Close in the Cowgate.  Was wondering if any of your readers had pics of that particular area.Or info on LAW.  It's a great site with a wealth of information.  Thanks Laurie and Joyce SMITH.
contact   fallout@hypermax.net.au

  

February 2003

Date: 01 Feb 2003     Time: 07:28

Comments

G'Day,

I live in Australia but both sets of Grandparents live in Portobello and I remember it well from my childhood.

Thank you for making this site available. I have a posed photograph of my Mother and two friends taken
when she was about seventeen years of age. As she grew up in Portobello it may be that it was
taken at Lees studio.

I will return again to the site.

Kind regards

Bill Cunningham.

Date:04 Feb 2003     Time: 12:29

Comments

I came across your site when looking for family history. I noticed your site about Deacon brodie, my father and his father was called william brodie and was from armadale scotland, i wonder if they was related.
 

Date: 06 Feb 2003     Time:  12:02

Comments:

famous people

 

Reply

 

What about 'famous people'?  Please tell me.

 

Peter Stubbs      12 February 03    -  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk

 

 

Date:07 Feb 2003     Time: 23:48

Comments

Your website is superb.  I recently got a 16x20 photograph of my gggrandfather and another 16x20 my gggrandmother.  I was wondering when they were made and the processe(s) used so I chcked out 4 books on the History of photography.  They were all interesting in their way way but none provided the detail that your website shows.  I believe, from looking at your web site that they were cabinet prints.  One is on what looks like white poster board  while the other looks like it was on either canvas or cloth.  The one on poster board has a wood grain on the back while the other looks like coarse cloth or canvas that is paper thin.  I'm guessing the pictures were taken in the mid 1860's.  They were taken in south east Missouri, USA.  I s my deduction correct? That is, Are they Cabinet Prints.

Thanks Ed Frye
Palmdale, California

 

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Your photos sound interesting.  The style of your photos may be similar to cabinet prints, but cabinet prints are in fact much smaller  -  only a little larger than post cards.  See Cabinet Prints.

 

I believe that your photos are likely to have been produced in the late 19th century, rather than in the mid 1860s (though perhaps the original negatives from which the prints were made were taken considerably earlier.  

My reason for suggesting this is that in the 1860s, photos were made as contact prints.  i.e. the prints were the same size as the original negatives.  It was only later in the century that enlargers were introduced.

You mention that your photos were printed on different materials.  From the early days of photography, photographers have experimented with printing on a wide range of different materials.

 

If anybody else has further advice on your photos, I hope they will post a comment in the this Guestbook.

 

Meanwhile, here is a book that I have found to be helpful:
"Care and Identification of 19th Century Photographic Prints" by James M Reilly.  It was published by Kodak, 1986 


ISBN 0-87985-365-4.  Library of Congress Card No 95-081727.

 

Peter Stubbs      13 February 03    -  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk

Date: 10 Feb 2003     Time:  03:28

Comments:

I have a print that is black & white it is approx 2 ft. by 2ft. there is no artist that signed on the print except the publisher which is A.W Elson & Co Boston. It is a portrait of an male Indian appears to be from the southern states do to the back ground. The time must have been before 1913 found a boston newspaper behind the print. Wish to know the artist, the tribe of which this Indian is from and state, and the value of this print?

 

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You could have a look at the Appalachian Arts web site.  
(Despite its opening screen, it does not appear to need a password!)

This site refers to:
-
 the Wanamaker Collection of Indian Photographs at Indiana University
 photogravure prints of Indians by Elson of Boston, some published 1913 and others in 1925.

 

Peter Stubbs      13 February 03    -  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk

 

Date:13 Feb 2003     Time: 11:54

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wonderfull site keep off i don enterooooooooooo guymen,e try another.mail me at guyman_mugu@yahoo.com

 

NOTE:  Following problems with my PC, the Guest Book was out of action from 14 February until 11 March 03.

  

March 2003

Date:

11/03/2003

Time:

20:57:37

Comments

Guest Book Testing - The Guest Book should be working again now.     -  Peter Stubbs

 

Date:

11/03/2003

Time:

23:04:15  

Comments

Interesting site I just discovered today while visiting Edinburgh Central Library and going through the PO directories [great things] that my gggg grandfather Peter Langwill was Governor of The Edinburgh Bridewell in 1828-9

 

Date:

12/03/2003

Time:

00:42:02

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I own eight ambrotype images of what appears to be a family portrait outside a log home and images of individual family members. The "glass" plates are in very good condition. Do you have any idea what ambrotype images may be worth?? Also, I have an interest in donating the images. Could you please recommend private or public organizations that would want these antique photographs. Ed My email acct is shubedoo@aol

 

Date:

12/03/2003

Time:

17:50:39  

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My name is Swanston, Edwin, from USA, My Paternal Paternal Grand parents are from Nevis W.I. I am the third Edwin Swanston in this family, my father and grand father both having had the same name. There are many 'Swanston' of Carribbean decent in the USA, as well as W.I.

 

Date:

15 Mar 2003

Time:

21:35:49

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What information do you have about George H Slight ? I think he is my gggrandfather. J Slight at rachanslackers@hotmail.com

 

 

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 It is good to hear from another possible descendant of one of Edinburgh's early photographers.

If you type Slight into the search field on the home page of this site, it will give you links to several pages for GH Slight, including the titles of some of his lectures to Edinburgh Photographic Society in the 1860s.

If there are any lectures that particularly interest you, please tell me, and I'll see if I can find more details from one of the early editions of the British Journal of Photography.

 

-  Peter Stubbs  -  15 Mar 03

 

Date:

17 Mar 2003

Time:

10:11:48

Comments

From Richard Greene in Australia. It is a great site. In 1813 my Great Grandfather X William Blamer/Blamyre was a Soldier living in Edinburgh Castle returning with Prisoners from the 9th Royal Norfolk Regiment[ not a local Militia] In 1908 my relative a David Anderson lived at 8 Caledonia Cresent in Edinburgh so pictures are of great interest

 

Date:

17 Mar 2003

Time:

14:31:31

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hello lennies,my name is also lennie im john james lennie and im also from glasgow im from ibrox

 

Date:

18 Mar 2003

Time:

12:39:07

Hi There

I wondered if you could help me please. I am doing research into my family tree. I have two photographs taken by the Moffat Photographer Company at 125 Princes Street. I am trying to find who was photographed. Is there any way of finding this out, please? I can email copies to you, if this would help. Thank you for all your help.

James Lawrence-Archer

Natick, USA email: jlawrence-archer@juno.com

 

Reply

 

Unfortunately, so far as I can tell, none of the Edinburgh photographers appear to have kept their old glass plates or records of the individual portraits they took in their studios.  So, even if you have old photos that have been numbered on the back by the photographer, I know of no way to discover who was being photographed.

 

However, the number may be of some help in estimating the year that the photo was taken, if several numbered photos from the same studio are available, and the dates that the studio was in business are known.

 

The photographers presumably kept their old plates in numerical order for as long as they thought would be necessary in order to meet the demand to make further prints from these plates.  They would not need names to make further prints; just the photograph number.

 

Large numbers of glass plates would have been produced by a typical studio.  These would have been bulky and heavy, so it is not surprising that the photographers kept them no longer than necessary.  I have heard stories from people who have witnessed large collections of old plates being thrown out from Edinburgh studios when these studios closed.

 

-  Peter Stubbs  -  18 Mar 03

 

Date:

19 Mar 2003

Time:

08:56:53

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Great page. Although so sad, it is good to have a collection of photos to remember how it looked and the HUGE job of cleaning up. My home is edinburgh but im in Auckland till jan visiting family. Was good to look at photos from home. Very well set out. Easy to get about the site. Will be interesting to see the progress. please keep it updated. Ill be back :D Thanx

 

Reply

 

Yes, I'll continue to add more information about the follow up to the Edinburgh Old Town Fire.   Here is the link to the page that I'll update:  Old Town Fire

 

-  Peter Stubbs  -  19 Mar 03

 

Date:

20 Mar 2003

Time:

20:39:50

Comments

There was a television series in the late 70s called "Early Photography Camera and Moving Pictures". It was a series about the history of photography put out by Granada TV and featuring a pleasant Scotsman, named MacDonald, I believe. Has anyone heard of this series? I have one videotape of the very first show, but would like to have the entire series. If anyone in Edinborough is old enough to remember that series, please let me know. I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks You. / Neil J. Klemek, MD / Berea, Ky. / USA / Mi5@aol.com

 

Reply

Neil J. Klemek has now found he answer.

He says: "This appears to be the narrator, although he's now a few years older:  Gus Macdonald"

 

-  Peter Stubbs  -  21 Mar 03

 

Date:

25 Mar 2003

Time:

05:05:16

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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS WEB SITE I AM ABLE TO LOOK UP MY GREAT GRANDFATHER ANTHONY JAMES HINNIGAN THE ROYAL SCOTS GREYS STATUE, I WSH THERE WOULD BE A LITTLE HISTORY TO GO WITH THE PICTURE THANKS ANNE

 

Date:

25 Mar 2003

Time:

13:57:35

Comments

love it for the mugus

 

Date:

27 Mar 2003

Time:

03:18:49

Comments

We have a 3 Generations photo by Philip E Low taken in Leith St. Edinburgh of my Husbands ggm Christian Borthwick née Smith(1805-1889),her daughter Margaret and g'daur Isabella-taken shortly before she died. Also my mother in law in 1899 as a baby-Pettigrew & Amos and my Grandparents in 1908 by American Studios.  Marvellous Photos Carol & David Martin (NSW,AUS)

 

Date:

27 Mar 2003

Time:

03:27:57

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We have several photos by J Drummond Sheils, J Campbell Harper,and a small card with 'Sketch Portrait' on the outside of 4 generations of family (the eldest b 1848)taken in 1921. Can I add my email address carolm@hotkey.net.au Carol Martin

 

Date:

29 Mar 2003

Time:

03:29:41

Comments

What a wonderfully informative site! I was referred to this site from a distant relative in Edinburgh, and this has been worth the stop! I was given a bag of my grandmother's photos a few years ago, and had always hoped to find out who the people were in the portraits, but I see from a comment above, that the photographers did not keep these records. What I was able to do here, though, was match up the names of Edinburgh photographers on the backs of these pictures, and get a general idea of the dates when they were taken. Thank you!!

Do you have any idea if there is a similar site for photographers in Glasgow? About 50% of the photos I have were taken in studios there. Thank you, and congratulations on building such a wonderful site!

 

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I don't know of any other web site with similar details of early professional photographers in other cities, but there are a couple of of small directories that that may help, both covering Glasgow.  You will find them on the  'Bibliographies', 'Directories' page on this site, or by clicking the link below.

 

RPS PhotoHistorian Supplements

 

Alternatively, if you have just a few queries and would prefer to ask me to check them against my copies of the directories and tell you what I find, then please email me.

 

-  Peter Stubbs  -  29 Mar 03

 

 

  

April 2003

Date:

11 Apr 2003

Time:

21:00:25

Comments

A terrific site with an impressive collection of photographs. I haven't looked through all of your site, but I'm working on it. Regards, William McEwen (http://www.mcewenphoto.com)

 

 

Date:

12 Apr 2003

Time:

02:03:33

Comments

Could anyone give me more information about my husband's great great grandfather John Lessels 1809 - 1883 Edinburgh architect who is mentioned by Ruth Croft granddaughter of John Fraser Lessels the photographer born 1878.

 She states that John Lessels architect was the younger brother of James Lessels who was the father of her grandfather (John Fraser Lessels) We would love to come to Edinburgh to meet descendants of the family and to hopefully see some of John Lessels' architectural and atristic works which must still be ine existance somewhere.

John Lessels architect was mentioned in an article in The Times on 7th April 2003 by the architecture correspondent Marcus Binney in an article about the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary the chapel of which was designed by John Lessels Thank you Patricia Lessells Leicester

 

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John Lessels  -  Architect

If you come to Edinburgh, you should be able to find some of John Lessel's architecture still standing.  This includes the following.  All are mentioned in the book Edinburgh, An Illustrated Architectural Guide.

-  Melville Crescent,  1855-56

-  Dalkeith Road - Salisbury Green House, 1867

-  Dalkeith Road  St Leonard's Hall, 1869

-  St Mary's Wynd - east side, 1868-69, widened under the Improvement Act.

-  Debenham's Department Store, 108-110 Princes St. 1869, French Renaissance style. 

-  Bellevue Crescent, north of St Mary's Church, 1884

-  Drumsheugh Gardens , except south-west side

-  Palmerston Place, east side

-  Peter Stubbs  -  14 April 2003

 

 

Date:

14 Apr 2003

Time:

18:41:00

Comments

There isn't enough info on this pictures! there needs to be more!

 

Reply

Please email me and let me know which picture you are referring to.  Then I'll see if I can add more info.

-  Peter Stubbs  -  14 April 2003

 

 

Date:

15 Apr 2003

Time:

19:52:39

Comments

if i wanted to buy a set how much would this cost

 

Reply

From your email, I believe the book you are asking about is Chambers' Old & New Edinburgh.  Over the past 2 or 3 years, I have seen a few copies of this book offered for sale, usually at prices of about £150 to £200 for the 3 volume set.

-  Peter Stubbs  -  15 April 2003

 

 

Date:

18 Apr 2003

Time:

16:08:23

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FOURTH EDITION THE PRACTICAL PHOTOGRAPHER LIBRARY SERIES OCTOBER 1903 THE PICTORIAL WORK OF A HORSLEY HINTON BORN IN LONDON NOT YET 40 YEARS OLD TOTAL NO OF BOOKS 5

 

 

Date:

18 Apr 2003

Time:

16:19:07

Comments

I have two paintings by Dallas Simpson one is a portrait and the is a landscape can you give me any information on these please.

 

 

Date:

18 Apr 2003

Time:

21:16:26

Comments

Hi From New Zealand.  I enjoyed this site very much.  I've been writing a biography on a young scot who came to New Zealand at the age of 18 in 1903.  He was Henry Rodger FARMER of Stirling.  His father William FARMER was a commision agent and died in stirling in 1902.

Around 1904 Mrs FARMER (Mary Jane McBeath Craig FARMER) shifted to portobello to be nearer her 2 elder sons Charles (who i believe was working in the House of representatives), and William Sydney (stock exchange).  Id dearly love information on living relatives, or knowledge of these people to complete a very long project.

Originally i found henrys seachest ,which was left at his neighbours farm on leaving for the first world war.  He was killed in 1917 in Palestine.  I found the seachest where he had left it in an old barn on a schoolfriends farm.  I would like to fill in someones family tree with the research ive done on their long lost relative.

Regards Graeme Duckett. New Zealand

 

Reply

You could visit the web site of the Scottish Genealogy Society in Edinburgh, and leaving a message in their Guest Book to see if anybody can help with your query.

-  Peter Stubbs  -  20 April 2003

 

 

Date:

19 Apr 2003

Time:

10:52:45

Comments

Fascinating site - well done and thank you. Thomas Polson Lugton was my grandfather. I am interested to know more about him and particularly books which include some of his photography.

On 14 November 2001, Bill Lugton contacted the guest book and said he found the site while searching for information about his name Lugton. Unfortunately he did not seem to leave his e-mail address. I would be very pleased to be in touch with him if you or anyone can help me. He can find out more about the name Lugton on my website at http://keithlugton.members.easyspace.com (This link seems to be no longer active - Peter Stubbs) and he or others can contact me at keith.lugton@virgin.net.

Keith Lugton

 

Reply

Hello Keith.  Unfortunately, I do not have the email address of Bill Lugton, who left the earlier address book message.  I hope he or others contacts you at the email address above.

It is always interesting to hear from descendants of the early Edinburgh photographers.  Do you know much about TP Lugton or his photography.  In the 1890s, he gave a series of Elementary Lectures to Edinburgh Photographic Society.  He appears to have specialised in platinotype printing.

I do have one of his postcards.  Please email me if you would like me to add it to this web site.

-  Peter Stubbs  -  20 April 2003

 

 

Date:

23 Apr 2003

Time:

03:27:04

Comments

Very nice site. I'm seeking a copy of a book titled 'Photographic Album of Hayle and Neighbourhood' published by M.C.SPRAY, photographed and published by Valentine and Sons, Limited, Dundee.

M.C.Spray, I believe is Mary Catherine Spray my ggrandmother from Hayle in Cornwall. UK.

Julie Wheeler jwheeler@shoal.net.au

 

 

Date:

25 Apr 2003

Time:

04:15:46

Comments

Hill and Adamson photos have intrigued me for years. It is wonderful that you could reproduce the styles today. Will someone do it again after we are gone? In say 2075.... Will anyone know how to make b&w images then?

I found your site quite by accident. I am an amatuer, on again off again collector of photographs, especially older ones. Have lived in Texas, USA all my life. I have my father's snaps made in and around London (I believe) during WWII. Also those of an uncle made in various European and N. African locations - also WWII.

John Herbert Waco, Texas jaherbert@sbcglobal.net

 

Reply

There are still some keen photographers working in black and white photography.

There has been a growing interest recently in experimenting with early photographic processes, so we can look forward to more images in the old styles in future years. 

The ability to print large 'negatives'  on transparent films from PCs, relatively cheaply and easily, can give a good 'starting point' for using some of the old processes.

Peter Stubbs  -  26 April 2003

 

 

Date:

27/04/2003

Time:

13:15:01

Comments

All Guest Book comments so far this year have been transferred into the Guest Book History.

Please click on one of the links above to view them.

Peter Stubbs

 

 

Date:

29/04/2003

Time:

00:05:35

Comments

i came here to look for stuff on Italy if you know anything on Italy e-mail me at mypetdolphin@yahoo.com Thank You

 

 

  

May 2003

Date:

08/05/2003

Time:

20:54:00

Comments

I am a Duthie, from Aberdeen, now retired in Cary, North Carolina, USA, and am very interested in our family history. If a member of the family shares this interest I will be please to forward what information I have. Super webpage. Cordially, Fred FDuthie@aol.com

 

Date:

09/05/2003

Time:

21:18:08

Comments

I FOUND A PICTURE TAKEN IN 1897 AT CARBON STUDIO KJ ALFRED S. CAMPBELL. OF A YOUNG GIRL IN LATE TEENS EARLY TWENTIES. HER NAME LISTED ON GLASS PICTURE AS ELIZABETH JR T WAS JUST TRYING TO FIND OUT INFO ON HER BECAUSE SHE LOOKS JUST LIKE MYSELF. JUST REACH ME MY NAME IS SERENA M. JOHNSON. 251 9280060. THANKS THE PICTURE IS IN GREAT CONDITION.

 

 

Date:

10/05/2003

Time:

17:37:33  

Comments

Excellent website ! Great job, so much information and so many wonderful photos from everywhere. Loved it. My page is a lot more modest, but I do have quite a few photos from many countries. Please feel free to check it at http://www.legourrierec.tk * and to add it in your web links if you wish. All the best, Denis 
*
This site seems to be no longer active.  Peter Stubbs

 

 

Date:

17/05/2003

Time:

18:37:12

 

Comments

Looking for works by my Grandfather, F. Dundas Todd. This is a most interesting site. Thanks.

R (Rod) Dundas Todd

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Reply

Hi Rod:  It is always interesting to hear from descendants of early Edinburgh photographers.  I don't have any photographs taken by F Dundas Todd, but I may be able to find some info about his activities within Edinburgh Photographic Society in the 1890s,  If you would like me to look, please email me.

Did you find the page on this site quoting F Dundas Todd's views in support of Edinburgh Photographic Society acquiring their own premises in the 1890s?  If not, please see this page.

-  Peter Stubbs  -  19 May 03

 

 

Date:

19/05/2003

Time:

11:54:10

Comments

could anybody assist me with history of post card series 3049,trade mark HARTMANN, Burnt cork COMEDIANS.

if so please e mail to

ngaagn@tpg.com.au

 

 

Date:

21/05/2003

Time:

02:35:54

Comments

What a wonderful eye tonic as well as a testament to a labour of love. Peter I applaud you and the other contributors to this amazing reference resource.

Through the information supplied here I have been able to take my grandmothers album, (of which sadly no-one survives with any knowledge of the contents), and narrow down timescales of the various cabinet prints and carte de visites. A thousand thanks.

May I take this opportunity to enquire if anyone has any information regarding the photographers;

W+J Norrie of Fraserburgh and (New)Aberdour and Gray's Brothers of Gateshead-on-Tyne.

I would be most grateful for any snippets of information at all. Please respond to:

macgogh@blueyonder.co.uk

Once again my greatest respects for a tremendous job, diligently done. More power to your elbow!

Gordon MacLeod, Edinburgh

 

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Reply

Gordon:  Thanks for your comments (above).

1.  I have a list of Professional Photographers in Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland (1873-1920) published by the RPS Historical Group.   It does not include Gray's Brothers or anybody else named Gray at Gateshead, but it does include J Gray, 4 York Place, Newcastle  1891-92.

2.  I have a list of Photographers in North East Scotland (to 1914) published by the Scottish Genealogy Society.  It has 4 entries under 'Norrie' that may be of interest.

-  1893:  Alexander Norrie, New Aberdour.
-  1896-1914:  Alexander J Norrie, New Deer.
-   from 1914:  James Norrie, 70 High Street, Strichen.
-  1889- 1914+:  William Norrie,  28 Cross Street, Fraserburgh. 

William Norrie also had studios in Brussels, Utrecht, Geneva and Maastricht, and was Winner of 24 Prize Medals and Diplomas.  He was also a picture framer.

-  Peter Stubbs  -  21 May 03

 

 

Date:

21/05/2003

Time:

17:40:50

Comments

I linked into this site stimluated by an Independent article talking about Photography. They gave a small picture called "Thomas Annan's Close No 139 High Street". Coincidentally I think that may be where my Mother was born. It would be wonderful if I could get a better detailed clip. How do I go about getting this? we.vukmirovic@hotmail.com

 

Reply

You may find it worthwhile asking the question to the Edinburgh Room at Edinburgh Central Library.  Their email address is edinburgh.room@edinburgh.gov.uk

-  Peter Stubbs  -  21 May 03

 

 

Date:

22/05/2003

Time:

13:25:16

 

Comments

Hi my name is Nicola Margaret Lyle Hodges, glad to find this site with these great old pictures and info... it seems i have many more cousins and relatives than i could ever have imagined ! thanks linda for telling me about this site

 

 

Date:

23/05/2003

Time:

19:40:49

Comments

trying to find prints made in 1906 by Artist A Young

 

 

Date:

25/05/2003

Time:

02:50:00

Comments

I found you website whilst looking for a postcard featuring the coat of arms of Holyrood Palace . Unfortunately I was unable to find said postcard. We have moved to a house in Ilkeston called 'Holyrood' built in 1903. We are refubishing and would like to view the 'cross within antlers' as mentioned in infrormation relating to Holyrrod palace. If you could be of any help Nigel Downes 46 Wharncliffe Rd. Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 5GF. England. email nigel.downes@ntlworld.com

 

Reply

 

Hi Nigel.  I have some info.  I'll email you.

 

-  Peter Stubbs  -  28 May 03

 

 

Date:

27/05/2003

Time:

16:43:16

Comments

My name is Linda Macfarlane I go to ST. Margaret's school, Edinburgh.  I was wondering if it is possible for me to do work experience at the school.  Could you reply as soon as possible ,thank-you !

 

June 2003

Date:

06/06/2003

Time:

02:46:06  

Comments

A great site for browsing. We are always looking for imformation on cameras and photographs and other items of interest that will take the publics eye in exhibitions. Signed Roy Jaques;- Camera & photography museum, Herberton Qld. Australia

 

 

Date:

07/06/2003

Time:

17:56:38

Comments

Hello, I is discovered by coincidence your beautiful, informative homepage. Also I have new homepage with marvelous photographs from the oldest city a Deutschland's in the Web over an attendance, a criticism or note I would be pleased. Greeting Rainer http://www.boogieman live.de

 

Reply

The link you have given is not working.  You have left a space before 'live.de'. 
This link works: 
 http://www.boogieman-live.de
I like your opening page, and some of the night-time photos.

-  Peter Stubbs  -  9 June 03

 

 

Date:

11/06/2003

Time:

10:15:51

Comments

Not enough information. Pictures were quite boring. sorry! lots of love from Jennifer Brown and Harriet Stilley xXxXx

Reply

Thanks for the xXxXx.  I hope you find what you are looking for somewhere on the web.   What information are you looking for?

 

-  Peter Stubbs  -  11 June 03

 

 

Date:

17/06/2003

Time:

00:12:14

Comments

I bought an old picture at a yard sale for a very reasonable price. When I got it home I carefully took the picture out of the old frame and on the bottom of the portrait it says engraved and painted by R. M. Hodgetts. I know it is probably made from a copper plate and stretched onto a the thin canvas. I have no clue of its value. Any ideas or where to take it for an appraisal? I live in Western North Carolina. I feel like it may be from the early to mid 1800's. EW Canton NC

 

 

Date:

18/06/2003

Time:

14:54:10

Comments

this website is very gd and very interesting

 

 

Remote User:

Date:

19/06/2003

Time:

23:37:42

Comments

Nice site,

 

 

Date:

22/06/2003

Time:

05:39:03

Comments

when and where was William Crooke born and when did he die?

 

Reply

1. William Crooks, born Ireland, appeared in the 1881 census.  He was then aged 28 and was living at 21 Salisbury Road, Edinburgh,.  It seems likely that this William Crooks was in fact William Crooke.

2.  William Crooke died in 1927 or 1928.  The business continued under his name until 1930 when it was incorporated into the business of Edward R Yerbury & Son.

-  Peter Stubbs  -  24 June 03

 

Date:

22/06/2003

Time:

18:34:54

Comments

A wonderful site! I have a lot of pictures from Toronto On Canada that were in an album, supposedly of Johns family members, but contains no dates and no names. I have been able to trace out most photographers and have determined that they existed during 1890-1899. If anyone is interested contact me at mjlediet@cyberbeach.net Mary Jane Lediett

 

 

Date:

22/06/2003

Time:

22:06:07

Comments

excellent site, very informative and well produced. I have stumbled on this site looking for information on a STEVENSON family in Edinburgh, my grandfather ALAISTER FRASER LEE STEVENSON was born in Edinburgh in 1921, i am fascinated to find out any information on my family line, he worked away most of his life and died in 1978 (someting i have found out recently by searching records) i really have no information about his family and would love to know more about my heritage! if anyone knows the name or can give me any advice please can they contact me on welshgirllost@hotmail.com as i do not get to use a search often to check the posts on here. thankyou for a nice introduction to Edinburgh. ali x

 

 

Date:

23/06/2003

Time:

12:28:16

Comments

Henry Peach Robinson ;master of Photographic art ; 1830 1901 Auteur : Margareth F Harker

 

Reply

 

Please tell me more.  Does your message above refer to a book that you are selling or looking for?

 

-  Peter Stubbs  -  24 June 03

 

 

 Date:

25/06/2003

Time:

08:10:33

Comments

Looking for a Willaim Fairbairn who was a clerk in the Brooke Army Hospital in 1974, in San Antonio Texas. His friends name was JC. William "Bill" was from Massachusetts. Last knew him as a E4, Active duty ARmy

Please write to usarwac@hotmail.com

 

 

Date:

25/06/2003

Time:

08:10:33

Comments

Looking for a Willaim Fairbairn who was a clerk in the Brooke Army Hospital in 1974, in San Antonio Texas. His friends name was JC. William "Bill" was from Massachusetts. Last knew him as a E4, Active duty ARmy

Please write to usarwac@hotmail.com

 

 

Date:

25/06/2003

Time:

11:03:16

Comments

Hi I am Graham McLeod from New Zealand. Family history research shows that one of my ancestors was a photographer in Edinburgh at the time of his death in 1864. His name was George Finlay Inglis.

Does anybody have any information about him? If so, please contact me at mcleod.family@actrix.co.nz

 

Thanks Graham McLeod

 

Reply

George Finlay Inglis about (above) may well be the same man as the photographer George Inglis (below).  The date of death of George Finlay Inglis matches the last year that George Inglis appeared as a professional photographer in the Edinburgh Trade directories.

1.  George Inglis appeared in the Edinburgh Trade Directories of 1863 and 1864 as a professional photographer, with a studio at 78 South Clerk Street.

2.  He appears to have taken an interest in photography before he first appeared in the Edinburgh Trade Directory in 1863.  He joined Edinburgh Photographic Society on 12 March 1861, when the Society was only three weeks old.

 

-  Peter Stubbs  -  25 June 03

 

 

Date:

26/06/2003

Time:

14:19:00

Comments

this sites crap email: devil_bengali_angel@hotmail.com email if ya want

 

Reply

 

I did email the address above, but got no reply!

-  Peter Stubbs  -  25 June 03

 

Date:

27/06/2003

Time:

12:23:12

 

Comments

Peter your web pages are great. as a Friend of CAC and Museums would you like to talk to us sometime about Edin photos or a theme by you ? Early 04 programme maybe? I can be contacted on connie.byrom@virgin.net hope we can work out something, cheers connie

 

Date:

27/06/2003

Time:

18:49:27

 

Comments

Hi,

I am looking for any information on a Victorian photographer who I believe had a house built in Strathpeffer, Ross-shire in the early 1900's.

My address is usr.local@ntlworld.com

Many Thanks

Toril K Egbert

 

  

July 2003

Date:10 Jul 2003    Time: 13:09:00

cant seem  to view guest book for jan to june 2003??????

Reply  -  11 July 03

You are right!  The comments have vanished.  I don't know what's happened, but I'll try to find them and add them back again.    -  Peter Stubbs.

Update  -  13 July 03

I've found the comments and added them back. 
All should be working again now if you click on one of the links at the top of this page.    -  Peter Stubbs.

 

Date:10 Jul 2003    Time: 19:18:29

I think newcastle is great because i live in newcastle stephanie errington

 

Date:12 Jul 2003    Time: 17:47:35

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Date:12 Jul 2003    Time: 21:13:04

Hi
I live in Fergus Ont Canada
I am looking for information on Granton.
I am working on family tree and have found out that my grandfather John Mackenzie was born there or so it seems
I have not been able to find out for sure
He has stated in 1891 census that he was born in 1867 in Granton to Sarah Stewart and John Mackenzie
But have found nothing
I am trying to find as much information on Granton as I can, can you help me
Elizabeth M. Pearse

Reply  -  15 July 03

Hi Elizabeth:

1.  If it is Granton, North Edinburgh (with its harbour and breakwater) that you are trying to learn more about, then the following book may help.  "History of Granton" by Jim Gracie  -  Published by Argyle Publishing,  It is available for £9.99 form Edinburgh Evening News:  Tel: (0)131 620 8400

2.  Since statutory registration of births, marriages and deaths in Scotland started in 1855, you may be able to get information about the 1867 birth on the website of the General Register Office for Scotland  at www.gro-scotland.gov.uk and www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk 

     -    Peter Stubbs.

 

Date:17 Jul 2003    Time: 00:36:31

Hi. Great site. I am looking for any pictures of 21 Lothian Road and any history. Now it is a bar called the Office before that it was Au Bar 2, Bar Muse, Ferret and trouser leg, fase 1, joe's garrage. i have also been told it was a bently dealership and a coffee house in the 40's but it's not con firmed. any corrospondents would be fantastic thanks. Colin Bell colaubar@aol.com

Reply  -  17 July 03

Hi Colin:

1.  The Edinburgh Room at Edinburgh City Library, George IV Bridge, has a set of Post Office Directories listing names and addresses of business by street each year.  By consulting these you should be able to see who was at 21 Lothian Road throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

2.  It may also be worth asking if there are any photos of Lothian Road in either of the following collections:

-   Edinburgh City Library (Edinburgh Room)
See
Edinburgh City Library web site   
email: 
edinburgh.room@edinburgh.gov.uk

-   Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland
See
RCAHMS web site

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

Date:23 Jul 2003    Time: 20:35:52

A great website, I would like to communicate to the person who wrote the article on Charles Wallace Photographer, I am a relative of that gentleman and could give more information on him, also the Australian gentleman who provided information is probably a lost relative of mine. Stephen Wallace Murray stephen.murray@linamar.com

Update  -  26 July 03

I'm pleased to hear that Stephen Wallace Murray and Ken Johnstone are now in touch with each other, and exchanging information on Charles Wallace, who was apparently a journeyman joiner and professional photographer in Edinburgh in the 1870s.

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

Date:23 Jul 2003    Time:20:44:56

I would like to know if there are any photographs of shakespear square in edinburgh Stephen Wallace Murray stephen.murray@linamar.com

Reply  -  26 July 03

Hi Stephen:

There is a photograph of Shakespeare Square by JG Tunny in an album of 'Photographs of Edinburgh by William Walker, JG Tunny, Dr Thomas Keith and DO Hill.  The photographs in this album were taken 1854-57. 

This album is in the Royal Scottish Academy Library.  You should be able to find an email address for the RSA on the Internet.

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

Date:24 Jul 2003    Time: 20:04:42

I am seeking information on a print of a print I saw in a local restaurant. The print is of an Indian brave bending over a pond, reaching out to pick a lily flower. He also has a goose on his back. I tried to convince the restaurant manager to sell me the print but he said he couldn't. He did however take it off the wall to see if there was any information on it. The only thing on it were the words AW Elson & Company, Boston. Does anyone know anything about this print or the company? If so, please email me at: nancyt@transedge.com thank you! Nancy

 

Date:25 Jul 2003    Time: 22:10:04

My father J.E.Thomson, church organist, has often said that our family came from Forres, Scotland. Are there any Thomson members in that area? Please reply to tp0059@bcmail.brooklyn.cuny.edu

 

Date:10 Jul 2003    Time: 13:09:00

Date:
26Jul 2003
Time:
09:04:55
Remote User:

Comments

I was told to locate your web site from another e mail correspondent in Australia, we are trying to identify a number of photographers and their subjects. We are particular interested in a group of ladies who were photographed by Ovinias Davis. We hope to prove that the ladies were Suffragettes visiting Edinburgh about 1907 there are also post cards with the subject of John Knox's study and the Banqueting Hall Edinburgh with post marks of Sept 17th & 19th 1907. I hope that anyone with any knowledge of the Suffragete movement in Edinburgh around this period will contact me. When I obtain permission from the owner to send you copies of the above I will get back to you. Maureen.

Reply  -  27 July 03

Hi Maureen:

1.  There was a Suffragettes Parade along Princes Street on 9 October 1909.  J Patrick produced a postcard featuring a black and white photograph of the march.  The Museum of Edinburgh has a copy of this photograph.

2.  The postcards that you mention sound similar to a series produced by WJ Hay , which he called the Knox Series.  WJ Hay lived in John Knox House in the Royal Mile.  He had a keen interest in the history of Edinburgh and was a founding member of the Old Edinburgh Club.

Update  -  29 July 03

3.  The Edinburgh newspapers report discussion of  Suffragette activity in Edinburgh during the week that you mention.  The Evening News of Wed 18 September 1907 reported on a meeting of the Women's Social & Political Union.  The article, under the heading The Coming "Demonstration" reported:

"An enthusiastic meeting of the Edinburgh branch of this union was held last night in the Procession Offices, 64 Nicolson Street, when addresses were delivered by Mrs Sanderson, Forfar and Mrs Billington Greig."

This report referred to a forthcoming procession and demonstration to be held in Edinburgh.

4.  The following week, the Evening News of Monday 23 September 1907 referred to a further meeting of the Women's Social and Political Union.  It reported:

"At Easter Road, on Saturday night, a large crowd listened with interest to Mrs Sanderson while she expounded some of the injustices perpetrated on women ratepayers.  To illustrate her point she told the tale of the Worcestershire election ... ...    Mrs Sanderson spoke for over an hour, and requests were made by some of the audience for another meeting in the district."

-    Peter Stubbs.

Date:25 Jul 2003    Time: 23:02:36

DEAR SIR, GREETINGS, THIS IS WHAT I WAS LOOKING 4 , THANK U AND WE SHALL MEET IF EVERY THING WENT FINE . ACCEPT MY BEST REGARDS . YOUSEF DOLEH

 

Date:26 Jul 2003    Time: 22:48:18

Hi Folks; Your web site is awesome, just about as good as the Leith one!!!. By the way Peter the two snaps of New lane, Newhaven are great, I lived up the 1st stair on the right.  In fact the window on the left was our wee flat. New Lane use to be called 'Soo Raw' & when we moved there from Leith the Bow Tows use to call us Leith Keelies. How many times the old ladies use to say to me when I was cheeky "awaa hame tae Leith, ye wee Leith Keelie" Cheers & Cheerio Peter Sellar.

Reply  -  27 July 03

Hi Peter:

It's good to hear your memories of Leith and Newhaven.  History such as this is likely to be lost if it is not recorded.

There is now a small museum in part of the old fishmarket at Newhaven Harbour.  It has fishwives costumes, old photographs and film and other local items. It is part of the Museums of Edinburgh, and is well supported by Newhaven residents with a good knowledge of the history of the area.

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

Date:25 Jul 2003    Time: 23:07:33

Thanks Peter for a great site, especially interesting to us living so far from our roots. We have many nostalgic moments!. My husband, Andrew has done some professional photography, and is at present president of North Shore Photographic Society, Auckland. I've forwarded your site to www.oldleither.com which we frequent often..........Norma Brodie, Devonport, N.Z.

 

Date:26 Jul 2003    Time: 22:55:32

Hi again folks; Just made a comment but also an error.  It should read the first stair on the left looking at the pictures Cheers & cheerio again. Peter Sellar

 

Date:26 Jul 2003    Time: 23:07:11

Hi Elizabeth; See you live in Fergus & want to know anything about Granton. We live down in MIssissauga and Granton was my stomping ground for years, in fact I have a sister still living on Granton Road West. If you would like to chat about Granton send me an e-mail. peter_sellar@yahoo.com Cheers & cheerio Peter Sellar.

 

Date:28 Jul 2003    Time: 15:54:54

DEAR MEMBERS JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I'M STILL ALIVE, THOUGH CURRENTLY WHEELCHAIR-BOUND, WHICH PREVENTS ME FROM RENEWING MY MEMBERSHIP AND ATTENDING MEETINGS. I HAVE HAD AN INTERESTING TWO YEARS SINCE I WAS FIRST HOSPITALISED AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER 2001....! I DO NOT RECOMMEND NECROTISING FASCIITIS TO ANYONE. CHARLIE GREEN CAN KEEP YOU INFORMED OF MY PROGRESS. ALL THE VERY BEST TO THE EPS, COLIN GORDON

Reply  -  31 July 03

Hi:  It's good to hear from you again, Colin.  I've passed your message on to others at Edinburgh Photographic Society.  The EPS International Exhibition opens this weekend at 68 Great King Street.

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

Date:31 Jul 2003    Time: 03:56:16

Hello: I recently purchased an albumen print by James Valentine. Are there any books published about his life and photographs? Thank you. Shane Bradley Montreal, Canada

Reply  -  31 July 03

Hello Shane:

When James Valentine ceased trading, their records and a large collection of their photos were passed on to St Andrews University Library.

This library recently produced a useful little booklet, enabling the date of a negative to be discovered, given the 'JV' number printed on a photograph.  The library may also be able to tell you whether or not any  books have been published covering the life of James Valentine and his photography.  Click here to see the St Andrews University Library web site

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

 

August 2003

Date:

01 Aug 2003

Time:

19:19:05

Remote User:

Comments

Hi In reply to the enquirer re Purseys - My father is Joseph Pursey and I was a Miss Pursey and would like to find out a bit more as it is quite an unusual name

 

 

Date:

01 Aug 2003

Time:

19:41:23

Remote User:

Comments

Many thanks for a splendid site which has given me a great deal of pleasure, particularly on the city transport system. Regards David Swan

 

 

Date:

02 Aug 2003

Time:

19:00:10

Remote User:

Comments

A very nice site

 

 

Date:

03 Aug 2003

Time:

17:07:58

Remote User:

Comments

I have uncovered a photograph with the marking S Langfier, Glasgow. The photograph is of a number of men, one of which I believe is my great-grandfather, Robert Barton. He worked for the Glasgow Central post-office retired around 1915. Can anyone confirm if records exist of this period? Aidan Smith

Reply  -  3 August 03

Hello Aidan:

Saul Langfier had a studio at 137 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, from 1905 until at least 1914.  I am not aware of any records that have survived from this studio.    -  Peter Stubbs.

 

 

Date:

07 Aug 2003

Time:

15:57:03

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Hi I have what I believe to be a stereoscope by AH Baird of Edinburgh (similar to the Lothian model) together with a wide range of stereographs taken in India I think about 1930/40. They include the Taj Mahal, Khyber Pass, local markets etc - photographer's handwritten list available. Does anyone know the value of such items as I could be tempted to sell. Many thanks for your help Mike

 

 

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09 Aug 2003

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this is a good site but it needs more infomation on the clock and why it is famous ect, if this info was added it would be a 5 star site

Reply  -  9 August 03

Please let me know which clock you are interested in.  Is it the floral clock in Princes Street Gardens?   Is there anything in particular that you would like to know about it?.    -  Peter Stubbs.

 

 

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10 Aug 2003

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20:30:51

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very interesting web page, although difficult at times to navigate or find an image. However this type of web site is very interesting to amateur historians and those just nosey about or past, many thanks for taking the time to publish the web site

 

 

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11 Aug 2003

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I have just purchased a pair of silver coloured mother of pearl opera glasses from Antiquarius in London's King's Road. They were sold by J. Lizars originally and have the original dark brown leather and red silk lined case. They still work and are in excellent condition. The only marks on them are "J. LIZARS EDINBURGH AND GLASGOW" a "made in France" line. It's nice to know the firm is still going an, I hope, prospering! Hilary Wilkes London

 

 

Date:

11 Aug 2003

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How did Arthur's Seat get its name?

Reply  -  11 August 03

The book 'Old & New Edinburgh', published by Cassell & Co around 1890, gives two possible explanations for the naming of Arthur's Seat.  [Arthur's Seat is the extinct volcano, 823ft high in the centre of Queen's Park, Edinburgh].  The explanations given are:

1.  It is named after Arthur who is said to have ruled over Strathclyde (in the west of Scotland) from 508 to 542 when he was slain at the battle of Camelon.

2.  It is a corruption of the Gaelic 'Ard-na-Said' which means 'Height of Arrows'.  This area was thought to be a very suitable spot for the firing of arrows:

    -  Peter Stubbs.

 

 

Date:

17 Aug 2003

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Hello Peter Stubbs My name is C. W. Stubbs from the Peter Stubbs Clan in Magee, Miss., USA

Maybe there is some connection. C_stubbs@sbcglobal.net

 

 

Date:

17 Aug 2003

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19:26:43

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i have 4 of the ordnance gazetter scotland 1884 books can someone tell more about these books and are they valuable volI,II,IV AND V

 

 

Date:

26 Aug 2003

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Great site,, have spent many hours just browsing through the old photographs,,, Dan McLean

 

 

Date:

28/08/2003

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I entered your website to discover your address because I have a copy on the first side of an article published on 1 August 1892, about my great,great grandfather, Mr Charles Stanley Herve. I was hoping that it may be possible to obtain a copy of the rest of the article. The gentleman concerned was 84 years old at the tiime and was described as the oldest photographer in England and was a friend of Daguerre! Having read the dates given at the beginning of this site I am sure that there will be some interest in the date of my copy. I await with interst myself! Cynthia Gilman, Wolverhampton (formerly Aldershot).

Reply  -  29 August 03

Hi Cynthia:   If you can email me and let me know which publication the article might have appeared in, I'll see if I can find it.  I've had a look in the British Journal of Photography, and found nothing there.

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

Update  -  2 September 03

I have e-mailed a copy of the article from The Practical Photographer, 1 August 1892, to Cynthia Gilman*.  Stanley Herve was born in London on 9 January 1808.  He certainly seems to have moved in interesting circles.  The Practical Photographer reported:

He is familiarly spoken of as the Patriarch of Aldershot
-  He was personally friendly with Daguerre
-  He commenced business photography with M Claudet"
-  He assisted Fox Talbot colouring his first paper photos at 122 Regent St.
-  He made the acquaintance of Frederick Scott Archer
-  He worked for Fox Talbot.

-    Peter Stubbs.

*  Sorry Cynthia.  I have mislaid your e-mail address.  If you read this, can you
    please e-mail
me.    Thank you.

 

Update  -  12 December 05

I have now received a further e-mail about Charles Stanley Herve.  It comes from Diane Klaassen, Vancouver Island, British Colombia Canada.  Dianne tells me that Herve painted portraits of two of her ancestors, and that she is trying to discover more about him.

If you know anything about him please e-mail me.    Thank you.

 

 

Date:

29 Aug 2003

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Please tell me how to wash coagulant egg albumen .It is not wash with water. Thanks

 

 

September 2003

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1 Sep 2003

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Does anyone still go to school here?? ~Lisa

 

 

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2 Sep 2003

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Could you please tell me when Lemmington Bridge over the canal at Fountainbridge, Edinburgh was first erected. Reply to john.stark@miller.co.uk Thanks in anticipation.

Reply  -  2 September 03

The book Scotland's Millennium Canals by Guthrie Hutton)  [ISBN 1 84033 181 X]
has a couple of photographs of the bridge, and reports on the filling of the Port Hopetoun and Port Hamilton canal basins in 1922.  It says:

"The remarkable Leamington Bridge, which had been erected early in the 20th century at Fountainbridge, was removed to Gilmore Place."

Next time I pass the bridge, I'll have a look to see if there is any date of construction on it, more accurate than "early in the 20th century".

-    Peter Stubbs.

Update  -  3 September 03

I now have a little more information about the original installation of the bridge  -  not an exact date yet, but getting closer!

The book Monuments of Industry: an illustrated Historical Record  by Geoffrey D Hay [published by RCAHMS, 1976] says:

"Plans for the bridge date from 1906, but no precise date for installation has been discovered, the closest estimate being between 1906 and 1909.  Copies of plans are  held with British Waterways Board".

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

 

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4 Sep 2003

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I have a carbon print with Boyhood of Raleigh written on the back of the matting with A. W. Elson & Co. Boston Mass embossed in the mat. Do you know how old this is? Thanks wfoster2@triad.rr.com

Reply  -  5 September 03

The Boyhood of Raleigh was painted in oil on canvas by John Millais in 1869-70.  It is is in the Tate Gallery, London.  I don't know when the carbon print was produced by AW Elson, but I believe that the company published many carbon prints in the 1890s and early 1900s.

There have been several questions about prints from AW Elson of Boston in this Guest Book.  If anybody can email me with details on the history of this company, I would be happy to add them to this web site.

    -  Peter Stubbs.

 

 

Date:

7 Sep 2003

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09:29:43

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Peter Apparently your own email is not working efficiently. I have resent an email. Some good friends of ours (Chris and Ros Rosemeyer) are on a sabatical currently in the UK London. They plan to visit Edinburgh and if you have time/inclination they would very much appreciate a native to show them around as well as to provide intelligent conversation. My new email is murrayas@pacific.net.au. although the old one is still operational for a few months. Hope to hear from you soon. Site looks tremendous - you must put a lot of time into it. Steve and Ann Murray (Australia)

Reply  -  7 September 03

Hello Steve and Ann.  It's good to hear from you again.  I'll send you an email.

1.   I would be very pleased to meet the two travellers when they pass through Edinburgh.

2.  Apologies for the email problem.  It is a situation that has arisen over the past couple of days.  I have been getting so much spam that I am exceeding my daily email allowance.  I have made arrangements for my daily email limit to be increased but it will probably be a few days before that happens.  So if any of your messages are rejected over the next few days, can you please wait a few hours, then try again.  Thanks.

    -  Peter Stubbs.

 

 

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8 Sep 2003

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Hi Peter, I have enjoyed surfing your very interesting site, your site page regarding Colin Campbell is someone I have been trying to trace for sometime now. I have a family photograph by a Colin Campbell, The Studio, Kirkcaldy. Number 8579, are you able to date this period for me please. Keep up the good work. best wishes mike fogarty

Reply  -  9 September  03

I don't have any way of tracing the dates of Colin Campbell's photos using the numbers on the back of the photos.

However, if your photo gives a studio address, the following may help.  It is a list showing when  Colin Campbell was based at each of his studios in Fife:

1900-1906:  133 High Street, Kirkcaldy

1907-1911:    65 High Street, Kirkcaldy

1912-1914:    73 High Street, Kirkcaldy

1914- ????:     7 Whytehouse Mansions, High Street, Kirkcaldy

-  Peter Stubbs.

 

 

 

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8 Sep 2003

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ANY INFORMATION ABOUT CRAIGS CLOSE EDIN

Reply  -  8 September  03

Craig's Close is named after the owner of property in the vicinity, John Craig.

The Close no longer exists.  It was one of several closes leading from the High Street, between the Royal Exchange (now the City Chambers) and Anchor Close.

All these closes ran down the slope on the northern side of the ridge that formed  the High Street (part of the Royal Mile).

The lower end of the close was removed in 1859 when Cockburn Street was built.  The remainder of the close was closed in 1932.  The site is now marked by a plaque on the wall in the Royal Mile.

The Isle of Mann Tavern and the original offices of The Scotsman newspaper once stood in Craig's Close.

    -  Peter Stubbs.

 

 

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10 Sep 2003

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I found by occasion your site and I must say that I find it really interesting. I will be definetely telling about it to everyone I know. === Philippe Web Hosting, Domain Registration, Control Panel, Webmail www.HostOrange.com

 

 

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11 Sep 2003

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Hi Peter, thanks for the information regarding Colin Campbell studios in Kirkcaldy, I think it must be the last one i.e.1914-??? is there anywhere I can try to find out when the business closed, as I believe the photo I have may be around 1923/25? and may help me to guess which children are in the photo. Thanks Mike Fogarty

Reply  -  11 September  03

Hi Mike:  I have checked my own records and have no more details on the Fife photographers beyond 1914.  However, I have two suggestions.  Good luck!

1.  You could see if the Fife Family History Society could help.  The society has a web site with quite a lot of details of Fife photographers.  I have found nothing on their site for Colin Campbell, but it might be worthwhile leaving a message in their Guest Book to see if you get any response  OR

2.  You could try emailing Kirkcaldy Library to see if they have any old trade directories and somebody who would be prepared to consult them to try to answer your question.

    -  Peter Stubbs.

 

 

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12 Sep 2003

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Hello. My name is Alexander Phillips and i'm in need help and with some advise on a couple of books that i've had in my possesion for about 3 years now and i'm asking or should i say questioning about there age and the history surrounding the publication of these books. The first book that was given was the "Complete plays of bernard Shaw" which has a canvas cover with red oxide colour (almost rusty effect on the cover)and has an embossed medallion on the cover and the spine which is from the author by De Strobul and on the third facing leaf in it has in large print "ODHAMS PRESS LIMITED LONG ACRE, LONDON W.C.2 1934" BUT on the back of the third leaf at the bottom with no other text on that page it states in small print at the bottom " printed in great britain by r. & r. clark limited edinburgh. Also within this book it has some musical notations which he composed for his plays. NOW for my second book which in the literary sence THE ONE TRUE RING

Reply  -  12 September 03

1.  If you search on www.google.com for "Complete Plays of Bernard Shaw", Oldham you should some copies of this book for sale at around £8 to £12 each.  The book was published in 1934.

2.  I have had a brief look on the web, but have not found any copies of "The One True Ring" (referred to above and on your next email) for sale.

    -  Peter Stubbs.

 

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12 Sep 2003

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11:54:57

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Hello, This is Alex again regarding "THE ONE TRUE RING", In literary context which unfortunatly is not Tolkien; Although he is in my eyes the absolout second. Especially reading his early works which i felt was rather than a conundrum but in later years i found it was more of an invitation. The single literary ring is by no other than Shakspeare (as how it shoud be pronounced) and this gentlemans book is as follows. First and formost the cover is a seeweed green in colour, But it has faded to a clay coloured brown along the spine although the texture still retaines it's almost lizard skin effect. The first leaf is like thick parchment with either the wax or the rolling process still embossed in and on the second leaf in red print is THE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE With a pair of wings and between them is a horses shoe wiich is facing down rather than the popular upturned u effect and all this is in red. The third leaf facing carries the words "THE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE" The victorian edition (in old english text)LONDON MDCCCXCVI. FREDERICK WARNE AND CO. and new york. But also on this third leaf is written;" With life, Glossary, ect, prepared from the text of the first folio, the Quatros and compared with recent commentators by the editor of the "Chandos" Classics. BUT on the second from the last page near the bottom in small print are the words, printed by Morrison and Gibb Limited, Edinburgh. With somthing like these two book monetary value has no worth because the literary value is priceless, So if your going to entetain me as a buyer "don't bother" they could be hand written by the origional Author for me. No difference! same worth!

 

 

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14 Sep 2003

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Great old pictures. Do you happen to have one of Archibald Burns father Forrest burns in full highland kilt?

Reply  -  18 September 03

Sorry, I don't have any photos of Forrest Burns.  I believe that Archibald Burns whom you mention above was not the same man as the photographer, Archibald Burns, on this web site. 

The details below are taken from the death certificate of the photographer, Archibald Burns.  He died, aged 49 on 29 January 1880, at Rock House in Edinburgh.  He was married to Janet Goss.  His father was Robert Burns, West Machan, Hamilton, Landed Proprietor.  His stepfather was John Findlater.

    -  Peter Stubbs.

 

 

Date:

14 Sep 2003

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10:50:27

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Good site, clear and easy to use.

 

 

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15 Sep 2003

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I have a family photo/postcard of my great grandmother with the following notation on the postcard side. "W.H. Johnson, Imperial Studios 540 Green St, Upton Park, E." Is this something you can help me with or am I submitting this email to the wrong place? Thank you! Harold Blackwell.

Reply  -  15 September 03

My research relates to Edinburgh, rather than London.  However there's nothing to lose by asking!  I am not aware of any similar web sites covering London, but I do have a copy of "A Dictionary of London Photographers:1841-1908" by Michael Pritchard.

The book lists a few photographers in East London by the name of Johnson, but unfortunately none named WH Johnson and none at 540 Green Street.

    -  Peter Stubbs.

 

 

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15 Sep 2003

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12:55:04

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Could you please tell me how to apply for tickets to the Royal Variety Performance. martinwilliam.bolton@ntlworld.com

Reply  -  15 September 03

There is a web page with a  Ticket Order Form for the Royal Variety Performance on 24 November at Edinburgh Festival Theatre BUT unfortunately, all tickets have been sold.

-  Peter Stubbs

 

 

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15 Sep 2003

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i was born and raised in Edinburgh i was born in 1929 and my grandmothers flat was in Thompsons pend 54b Grassmarket but putting it into google search will not bring it up, On a recent visit to Edinburgh i visited it and it is now named Thompsons court and has gone upmarket with iron gate and buzzer system to be admitted. thank you for this site pat Toronto Canada

 

 

To Bernardo Magalhaes, Brazil -  24 September 03

You sent me an email yesterday asking about direct-positive printing.  I have not been able to return any messages to your email address, so I'm leaving my reply here, and hope you find it.

I suggest that you have a look at the Bostick & Sullivan web site  -  it deals with alternative photographic processes.  Then send them an email, asking your question.  

Good luck!

-  Peter Stubbs

 

 

October 2003

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19/10/2003

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19:37:20

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The Guest Book is back again!  Apologies for its recent disappearance for two weeks.

-  Peter Stubbs. 

 

Date:

20/10/2003

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22:21:07

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i am testing to see if i can ask a question, getting through appears to be somewhat difficult md1142hp@aol.com

 

Date:

20/10/2003

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22:33:23

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I have in my possesion a photo taken sometime in the 1890,s of a group of university/college tutors and approx 55 pupils taken in front of the Alexandra Hotel.  The photo has been signed by j moffat, size approx 14.5 inches by 11.25.one of the pupils on this picture is of my grandma, margaret(maggie) lithgow from innerleithen. is this picture of any interest to any one other than myself ?. md1142hp@aol.com

Reply  -  26 October 03

John Moffat produced some attractive group portraits.  If you (or anybody else) have any old photographs by Edinburgh photographers that you would like me to add to this web site for others to see, please email me.

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

 

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23/10/2003

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14:54:43

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Hallo Peter, Your page is great and a big cultural value! As an serious intersted hobby-videographer I have made a video about Scotland and would like to insert some of the engravings you show. Is it possible to get some of them in a higher solution? Do you have engravings about other places in Scotland, too? If my video gets nice and of historic interest, my wife will perhaps show it to her pupils at school. Thank You! Alfred Grandl.

Reply  -  26 October 03

Yes Alfred, I would be happy to give you some higher resolution images for your video.  Most of my old engravings are of Scotland, but I do have some of other parts of Scotland. 

Please email me and let me know which Edinburgh images you would find most suitable, and what you are looking for from elsewhere in Scotland.

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

 

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24/10/2003

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I have some tintype photos and I am trying to date them. Any suggestions? Do they have any value?

Reply  -  26 October 03

Tintype photographs can be found from the mid-19th century right through to the mid-20th century.  They were a convenient and practical choice, particularly for travelling photographers who did not have their own studios. The photographer's name and address rarely appeared on tintype photos, so the best way to date such photos may be to look at the style of clothing.  If you would like to send me jpg images of one or two of your photos, I'll see if I can suggest possible dats.

I have bought a few tintypes, myself, paying between £3 and £10 each for them.

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

 

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24/10/2003

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Re tram washing ( which depot ) This picture was taken at Leith Depot prior to the extentions of the late 30s regards, Mel.

Reply  -  26 October 03

Thanks for the helpful reply.  I'll update the site with this information.  I have now received answers to most of the transport questions that I have asked.

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

 

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24/10/2003

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I have copies of most of Wane's c.1903 postcards of the Old Edinburgh Street of 1886. What are his dates (b & d)? The Isle of Man stamp gives no details. Stanley K Hunter

Reply  -  26 October 03

I have not yet discovered the dates of birth and death of Marshall Wane, but with a little research I may find them and be able to add them to the web site.

Marshall Wane reproduced medals won in photographic exhibitions on the backs of his cartes de visite and cabinet prints.  These medals date from 1865 to 1876.  Marshall Wane moved from Isle of Man to Edinburgh where he opened a photographic studio in his own name from 1889 to 1902.  The studio continued until 1926 under the name Marshall Wane & Co.

I have updated the Marshall Wane postcard page on this site.  Almost all of my Marshall Wane postcards were posted between 1904 and 1906.  The Old Edinburgh Street that you mention was part of the 1886 Exhibition in Edinburgh.  It was a specially constructed part of the exhibition to show Edinburgh in olden days.  Marshall Wane had exclusive right to take photos in this area.  He first produced these as monochrome photos - cartes de visite and cabinet prints -  then almost 20 years later as colour postcards

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

 

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26/10/2003

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This web-site is very informative, user friendly and one of the finest that I have seen. My Great Grandfather had an antique shop located at the Royal Mile. I have a photograph of him in front of the shop. I also have a photograph of my Great Grandfather and my Great Grandmother in their apartment at the Mile house. It looks like it could possibly have been Cockburn Street. Could I verify this with someone?

Reply  -  26 October 03

If you have any shop names or numbers, I could check these in the old trade directories and try to discover when the photos might have been taken.  I don't recognise "Mile house".

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

 

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27/10/2003

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I have just come across an old book of photographs many which included the name GWW, or GW Wilson & Co. These appear to be actual photographs, but do have the names of places engraved on the bottom of the pictures. They have all been glued down in a photo album. Do you know of place where I might be able to get more information about what it is I have? Any help or direction would be helpful. Thank you, Debbie Heckert 521 Kalmia St. Junction City, OR 97448 1-541-998-7396 debhal@juno.com

Reply  -  28 October 03

Hi Debbie:  George Washington Wilson of Aberdeen (like James Valentine & Co of Dundee) sold views of Scotland and elsewhere both as individual prints and as albums of prints.  The individual prints would, no doubt have been bought, just as postcards might be bought today, and then, perhaps, pasted into albums.  I don't know whether the album you have is likely to be one that was supplied by GWW's company or one compiled by the purchaser of the pictures.

Roger Taylor, who wrote a biography of GWW several years ago, has provided the following interesting extract from GW Wilson's 1896 catalogue, one of the last catalogues produced by his company.  The catalogue advertised:

"Albums of Views in England and Scotland"  with the following blurb. "We have a large stock of Albums of all sorts an sizes in various bindings - Cloth, Leather, French Morocco, Russian &c - and selections of our views can be made up to any size, price or pattern....The price for the Album filled, in these cases, is little more than that of the views alone."

Thirteen album types are specified and these range from "Album, oblong, cloth, with 12 Cabinet views - 10/6" to the top of the range "Album, oblong, Full Morocco, gilt edges, with 120 Imperial Views, or an equivalent selection of Imperials and Cabinets - a magnificent Album suitable for presentation - £12/12/0" 

An archive of GWW photos is held by Queen Mother Library, University of Aberdeen.  The University has also published many booklets featuring his photographs.

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

 

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28/10/2003

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I have a bronze looking medal dated 1809 engraved with the name Robert Kemp,as winner of the novice class. can anyone give me any information regarding it ? Please reply to m1sills@acn.gr thanks, jayne

Reply  -  2 November 03

Do you have any more information about the medal? 
1809 would be too early fro photogaphy.

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

November 2003

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02/11/2003

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dob for James valentine 1815 ? not 1851 ? There is also an intital attempt at a database of manx views at http://www.isle-of-man.com/manxnotebook/tourism/pcards/valtine.htm have a little on Marshall wane at http://www.isle-of-man.com/manxnotebook/tourism/pgrphrs/pgrhrs.htm

Reply  -  3 November 03

1.  Agreed, James Valentine was born in 1815.  Thanks for pointing out my error.  I have now corrected the page on this web site.

2.  Thanks also for telling me about the info on Valentine, Wane and other Isle of Man photographers held on the Isle of Man web site.  I have added links to this site from the appropriate pages on the www.edinphoto.org.uk site.

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

Date:

03/11/2003

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15:32:51

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hi there i love this website!"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Date:

03/11/2003

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looking for info on birthplace, Pattersons Close lawnmarket?  left 1953 june

Reply  -  3 November 03

Patterson's Court was next to Wardrop's Court which you will find numbered 134 on this map.  I assume that Patterson's Close would have led from the Lawnmarket into Patterson's Court.

These two courts have now been merged into one.  I have on old book 'Castle to Abbey' which says that these two courts were long popular as residential quarters of various university professors.

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

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06/11/2003

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21:11:46

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Really like the site - photography and history are great !!Any old photos (or info as where to source them) on shops at crossroads at top of King's Road /Seafield Road East , Portobello, gratefully received - we live in a converted Café and would love to know more about its' history ! Best Wishes and congrats on a most informative site.

Reply  -  8 November 03

The Edinburgh Room at Edinburgh Central Library is a good source of information on this type of topic. 

According to the old maps and Edinburgh Trade Directories it appears that the buildings you mention were built around 1909-1910 - around the same time as Marine Gardens opened.  (See below.)

The Scottish National Exhibition was held in Soughtonhall Park,  Edinburgh, in 1908.  After the exhibition closed, the buildings were re-erected at Edinburgh Marine Gardens, Portobello, on the site now occupied by the Lothian Buses bus depot, immediately to the west of the shops that you mention in Seafield Road.

James Valentine & Co have published a couple of photos of the junction that you mention, each featuring the shops and an old tram.  These use photographs taken in 1920 and 1925.  If I can find a copy of one of these cards, I'll add it to the web site.

-    Peter Stubbs

Update  - 23 November 03

I now have added a postcard of the crossroads that you mention. The photograph  would have been taken in the 1910s.   You will find it by clicking on this link:  Postcard.

Two cable cars at King's Road, Portobello

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

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09/11/2003

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13:24:09

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Hi very interesting site was trying to fined any information on a william brown howie who came from kinross and was married to isabell lowe from kirrimuir

 

 

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11/11/2003

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Hiya! I am trying to locate any relations to my grandmother Mary Mclean Tunney as she was know when she gave birth to my father, John Murphy. Mary worked for several years at the McEwans Brewery @ Fountain House in Edinburgh. I have emailed the company Scottish & Newcastle to see if they can find any records of her. My dad was born in 1936 at 4 Washington Cottages, which I believe doesnt exist anymore. He also remembers living on Dundee St when he was a bit older. Mary's father I believe was John Cook, he used to work @ Devlin's (trawler co?). I cant find any record of the company ever existing, does anyone know where I could start? I think her mother's surname must have been a Tunney. She married a James Williamson (Rubber Worker - think at the North British Factory, Edinburgh) and bore 2 children, Jessie and Mary (I think they are twins) around 1920-30. She then bore another son, (my dad!) to James Patrick Murphy who was a lorry driver. James unfortunately died many years ago in a lorry accident. I have not had any contact with my fathers side of my family, and would dearly like to find out any information about them I can. Julie-Anne Murphy Devon

Reply  -  13 November 03

1. That's a lot of info you have given.  I hope you get some response. How about leaving your email address on the guestbook, so that people can respond directly to you if they find anything?

2.  You mentioned Devlin's.  Here are some details about the company from old Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directories:

-  1870:  Thomas Devlin, oyster merchant, 5 Annfield, Newhaven.

-  1880:  Thomas Devlin, fish salesman, 9 Fishmarket, House at 5 Annfield.

-  1890:  Thomas Devlin, fish salesman, House at 6 Annfield

              Thomas Devlin jun., fish salesman, Fishmarket, House at 60 Hawthornvale

-  1900:  Thomas Devlin jun., fish salesman and steam trawler owner, 5 St Andrew Square
               and fish house, Newhaven.  House at 203 Newhaven Road.

There will also be entries for other years.  If there is any period that you would like me to check, then please email me.

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

 

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11/11/2003

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like the website. I'm interested in the premises at 54 Cockburn st which address is shared by the Edinburgh eye Dispensary. Do you know where there are any plans to show how the building was arranged? geoffrey.millar@lineone.net

Reply  -  13 November 03

It may be worthwhile contacting one of the following to see if they can help:

            -  City of Edinburgh Council, City Archivist's Dept (Tel: 0131 529 4616.  Fax: 0131 529 4957 )

            -  Edinburgh Room at Edinburgh Central Library edinburgh.room@edinburgh.gov.uk

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

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13/11/2003

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I lived on East Brighton Crescent in the early 1970's before moving to Canada. It was nice to look back at familiar pictures of Portobello and show my family here in Canada. S. Rettie

 

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15/11/2003

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Thank you for the help I got from your site on old postcards

Reply  -  27 November 03

Thanks for your comments.  I have a lot more old postcards still to add over the next couple of months.  If you have any questions that are not currently answered by this site (particularly if they relate to Edinburgh) please ask me.

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

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25/11/2003

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Peter, I attended a very interesting presentation last mnight at the Penicuik Historical Society on the photography of Begbie born 1840. There were many very interesting photos of old Edinburgh, Do you have any of these in your website? Ken Brown.

Reply  -  27 November 03

Hi Ken:  Yes, Begbie certainly left some interesting photos, including some of parts of Edinburgh and Leith that other photographers never visited.  You'll find  info on him and some of his photos on this site if you click on this link:

 begbie.

There was also a book of his photos published in 1992, titled:  "Thomas Begbie's Edinburgh - A Mid-Victorian Portrait"  [ISBN 0-85976-337-4]    

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

Message for Tamara  (Michigan/Indiana)  -  27 November 03

Tamara:  You sent me an email message on 24 November, asking for permission to use one of my photos.  Yes, I am happy for you to use it, as requested, but whenever I have tried to email you to tell you this my email message to you has been blocked.
 

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

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29/11/2003

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I have a large (approx 30 in x 22 in) engraving of a David Wilkie painting "The Blind Fiddler" , on the right hand side it says "engraved by John Burnet". Underneath the picture and title is the following, "London January 8th 1877 published by the London Fine Art Association with kind permission of Messrs Henry Graves and Co (Copyright).  I am wondering about the value, rarity and what kind of engraving this could be, steel or copperplate? any information gratefully received. Many thanks C P Williams

Reply  -  6 December 03

Hi:  John Burnet (1784-1868) was a well respected painter and engraver.  He moved to London in 1806, and continued to work until 1860, though I'm not sure whether his engravings were on copper or steel.  He produced a number of large engravings after Wilkie, and some after Turner.  I have seen his Turner engravings (Nelson's ship) offered for sale at £100-£200.  The auctioneers, Dominic Winter auctioned a Burnet engraving (after Wilkie) on 3 Oct 2003.  The page describing this item is no longer on their web site, but it may be worthwhile contacting them to see what they can tell you.    

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

 

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02/12/2003

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Hello, I'm wondering if any of you will know anything of an ancestor of mine who was a photographer in Glasgow called James Dewar (wife Janet née Duncan) who lived very early 1800s to circa 1870 +/- 5yrs or so. He came back from Virginia USA in 1850s or 1860s with some photographic process and made a LOT of money. He sat on the Glasgow Stock exchange. I am his g-g-grandson. His son is buried here in Auckland, NZ. I'm thinking that when I find him a cascade of very professional photography will be uncovered. I live in paradise on this island here- see aerial photographs of it at greatbarrier.co.nz and click on photos. Please - if you think of anything re my enquiry - get in touch. Much appreciated. regards from Don Armitage on Great Barrier Island, 60m NE of Auckland, New Zealand. ph 09-4290930

Reply  -  6 December 03

Hello Don:  I don't know whether it will help you or not, but I can give you James Dewar's studio addresses in Glasgow:

-  1856:       57, Buchanan Street

-  1857-61:  6, Union Street, Glasgow

-  1862:        430, Argyle Street, Glasgow

-  1863-65:  6, Union Street, Glasgow

There was also a John Dewar (possibly related?) whose studio address was:

-  1851:       155, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.

Unfortunately, so far as I know, none of the Glasgow professional photographers has left behind any archive of their work or other records from their photographic studios.

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

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03/12/2003

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Could your founder James have had a brother who emmigrated to Canada?. I have a George Howie b abt 1839 in Canada and his son George W. Howie b abt 1864 in NY They both went to Detroit, Mi and were photographers with a business on St. Aubin St in 1895. I enjoyed your lovely gravestone photos. <mimijoz@yahoo.com>

 

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08/12/2003

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I visited your terrific site to refresh my Edinburgh memories and found my g-g-grandfather George OMAN mentioned. He was given a medallion and a writing case by the Original Thistle Association in 1866. Was this part of the Edinburgh Photography Society or does this link to his Hawick employment/life? My mother, now 92, has been trying to get an answer to this for nigh on fifty years. Russell Young e-mail cloch3@ntlworld.com

 

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10/12/2003

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Hi! I am from the fraser clan of boleskine drummond plantation and angusn fraser was my gggggrandfather who came over to pictou county nova scotia in 1802 with his first wife. there is some discrepancy over his first wife and their two children. does anyone know anything about janet dewar who married a guard from tolbooth prison named angus smith in 1997 and was the daughter of alexander dewar. and charlotte scott from appin dow scotland. I would love to know about the dewar family. My father the late dr. edwin fraser has done so much on the history of our family under the name of angus fraser boleskine, but i think his first wife died on the way to canada and he marred for a second time but was also very short and his last wife was isabella mckay whose family came to pictou aboard the ship sarah and he was married to her for 57 years and altogether there was 19 children. any info on the dewar family would be appreciated. thanks, peg

 

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10/12/2003

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Hello Peter, I would just like to say that I am very impressed by this website. It is extremely informative and well layed out. I am a descent of the Patrick clan. William Patrick was my gggggrandfather. I still have lots of his work at home that has been passed down the generations and have loaned other pieces to the St Andrews museum, however your site had some bits and pieces of information that I was not aware of. Thank you Paul Patrick

Reply  -  16 December 03

Thanks for your comments, Paul.  It is always good to hear from descendants of the early photographers.  If there are any particular aspects of the Patrick family that you would like me to add to this site, please email me.

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

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22/12/2003

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Hello. This is my first visit to scotland, via your web site and I must say how impressed I am. Such depth kept entertained for ages. merry christmas to all. Dave Williams AWPF. Wales

 

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31/12/2003

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Hello and a happy new year to you all. I am enjoying your website, having found it due to the following enquiry I made of Google. My grandfather was John Edward Ringrose and he worked for Ensign Cameras in the 1930s.He regularly visited the annual photographic congresses on their behalf. He told me stories of how he would photograph the likes of the famous photographer Dorothy Wilding when she was somewhat the worse for drink. He'd then publish them overnight in the Congress newspaper that was available at breakfast. I would love to see these newspapers and so if anyone has examples, I would welcome the opportunity of getting hold of scans or photocopies, please (I would pay, of course). Any other information that might relate to my grandfather would similarly be gratefully received. GLENN H MORGAN, FRPSL aouh40@hotmail.com

Reply  -  7 January 04

Your comments on the Congress newspaper are interesting.  I was not aware of it.  The British Journal of Photography usually gave a good coverage of events at Congresses - both the official business and the social events - but I have not seen any editions of the Congress newspaper.  If I find anything relevant, I'll add it to this web site.

-    Peter Stubbs.

 

 

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