"I found the two photos showing my mother
on the Meadows at Edinburgh, with the same doll's pram as she had about
four years earlier on North Bridge. Her family lived near the
I'd guess the photos at the Meadows were taken around 1938-39; the
family moved to Dundee later in 1939. Both these photos are on standard
postcard backings with the name of the Edinburgh photographer: 'Jerome Ltd.''
I find curious is that both these photos have a registration code stamped in ink on the
back. It seems unlikely that the studio would have done this if they were
printing negatives belonging to customers, and there are enough photos of
similar subjects in the albums to lead me to think that perhaps Jerome
employed roving photographers to go round photographing children in parks,
in much the same way as 'walking pictures' were taken on the streets.
Perhaps someone could confirm if this surmise
is correct. One can't imagine such a practice being allowed today!
Colin McLeod, Battleby, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland:
February 17, 2011