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post card above is from EW Parken. The address on the back
is given as:
22 Dalry Road Edinburgh, and
The Studio, Victoria Road, North Berwick.
photo, at first sight, looks asif it may be a photograph of a
painting. But I believe it was, in fact, a carefully
composed group, taken in EW Parken's studio. The pillar on the
left and the window can also be found in other post cards by
Address - 2 or
22 Dalry Road?
I know of another photograph by EW Parken, on the back of
which there is a printed note that clearly reads:
Copies and Enlargements from this
card may be had from EW Parken
2 Dalry Rd, Edinburgh &
The Studio, Victoria Rd, North
Where there are
discrepancies between the addresses given by photographers on the
backs of their photos and the addresses given in trade directories,
I would normally believe the former, but in this case I believe that
no 22 is probably the correct address.
- No 22 appeared in Slater's Directory,
MacDonald's Directory and nine different editions of the Edinburgh &
Leith Post Office Directory.
- No 22 is also an address that was home
to many different photographers over the years, but I have no record
of any being based at No 2
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: The photograph that I refer to above with the
suspect address on the back is owned by
showing one of his family, Mary Wilson, dressed in
'girls' brigade' costume, taken probably about 1916-17.
Thank you to Archie
Foley for sending me a message about the studio addresses of EW
1. a postcard of a concert party
at North Berwick, East Lothian, taken pre- WW1.
The card is published by EW Parken.
It gives studio addresses:
22 Dalry Road, Edinburgh.
- Victoria Road, North Berwick
2. a postcard
of a concert party at
Leven, Fife, taken 1928 and a postcard dated 1931.
These cards were
published by EW & DF Parken.
They have both been stamped
with an ink stamp, giving a studio address of:
Talbot Studio, Leven, Fife.
(a) Did EW Parken move from his
Edinburgh studio to a studio in Leven?
(b) Was DF Parken, who had
joined the Parken business by 1928, the son of EW Parken?
Archie Foley, Joppa, Edinburgh: August 2,
EW Parken's Studios
have lists giving the names and addresses, and some brief family
histories taken from the censuses, of most of the early Scottish
These have been compiled by Richard Torrance, but
unfortunately, they only cover the years up to 1914. The
only studio address that I have found for Parken in these lists
- EW Parken, 105 South Bridge, Edinburgh (1910-13) and
- EW Parken, 22 Dalry Road, Edinburgh
So I'm not able to answer Archie Foley's questions.
However the evidence does seem to suggest that the answer may well
be 'Yes' and 'Yes'.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: August 2, 2013
Thank you to Michael
Woodley for also sending me a copy of a postcard by EW Parken.
"I have been trying to find out about E W
Parken of 22 Dalry Road, Edinburgh.
Here is one of his old photos that he
took of my Great Aunt. It is a postcard, dated on the back
27 February 1919.
Studio portraits published as
postcards were popular around 1919,
Very few of these postcards appear to have ever been sent through
This picture is unusual in being an
outdoors photo, rather than a studio photo.
Reproduced with acknowledgement to Michael Woodley
The back of this postcard has been
date-stamped: '27 FEB 1919'.
E W Parken then had studios at 22
Dalry Road, Edinburgh and at North Berwick.
Reproduced with acknowledgement to Michael
(a) Would this be a true
photograph of my Great Aunt in the RAF at the time?
(b) Do you know what happened to EW Parken?
Michael Woodley: December 28, 2014
Reply to Michael Woodley
Unfortunately, I don't know the answer to
either of the questions that Michael Woodley asks above. I
hope that somebody else might be able to help to come up with
If you'd like to send a reply to Michael,
please email me to let me know, then I'll pass on his email
address to you. Thank you.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: February 9, 2014