Thank you to Ken
Gordon, Daviot, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland for allowing me
to reproduce this photograph of the Balmoral Hotel, Portobello.
"My Granny and
Grandpa bought the Balmoral Hotel some
time in the 1930s.
My Grandpa was a
watchmaker in Lasswade but with the
opening of Woolworth’s in Edinburgh and the sale of costume
jewellery available for 3d or 6d his business disappeared
overnight. He therefore sold up and bought the
The photo above has a
note on the back which says: 'I hope this picture will always
remind you, yours truly Swiss boy Railtrey (name very unclear)
Portobello 24th Sept 1938'.”