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Crown Studio

1.  I have two postcards, each with a blind stamp impressed, reading:

"THE [picture of a crown] STUDIO, Edinburgh"

2.  I have not found a studio listed as 'Crown Studio' in any of the trade directories, but I have several postcard portraits with the following legend printed on the back:

  GR MACKAY STUDIOS

  -  25 North Bridge, Edinburgh, AND
-  Crown Studios, 70 Leith Walk, Leith"

I have assumed that the studio named in 1 above is the same as that named in 2 above.

[with acknowledgement to Scott Wishart for drawing my attention to the connection above.]

 

Crown Studio

Postcard Portrait

Thank you to Allan Dodds for sending me this postcard from Crown Studio.

Allan wrote:

Broughton Place Church

Amateur Dramatic Society

My Father

"Here is a postcard portrait of my Father.  It bears the imprint of Crown Studios:

Photo

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Allan Dodd's Father, dressed in theatrical costume

Postcard portrait from 'The Crown Studio', Edinburgh  -  Allan Dodd's father dressed in theatrical costume

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Allan Dodds, Nottingham, England

I've absolutely no idea what the costume might represent but it may be that my Father appeared in a theatrical production of the day that was felt worth recording for posterity.

I think he looks quite dashing with his natural curls.  He would have been fifteen or sixteen years of age when the picture was taken.

In the 1940s and 1950s he was an active member of Broughton Place Church's Amateur Dramatic Society where he acted as 'Stage Lighting Manager' and my Mother acted as 'Producer'.

Allan Dodds, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England:  26 April + 8 May + 10 May  2013

 

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