List of Photographers/Publishers
Post Card Views of
Yellow background denotes an Edinburgh photographer or publisher.
Green background denotes photographer or publisher from
- J D S & Co
Scott, J D & Co
- J M & Co
[J McCulloch & Co]
postcards were printed at Hillside Printing Works, Gorgie,
company produced the
of postcards. It also used the cards of several other
companies including Hartmann and Davidson Brothers
All the Caledonia
Series of cards that I have seen are of views of Central Edinburgh
or else views near the shore of the Firth of Forth from
Queensferry in the west to Portobello in the east.
The cards below have the 'JM' logo,
an intertwined 'J' and 'M' in a shield, on the back of the cards,
but no mention of the location of the company. However, I
believe that at one time the company was described as 'JM & CO,
Edinburgh & Glasgow.'
Several styles of back were used by
J M & Co.
- Breakwater and East
- Calton Hill, Edinburgh
- The Clock, Morningside
- Cramond Brig
- Forth Bridge (tartan
- Edinburgh Castle and
National Libraries (pink sheen )
- Edinburgh Castle Esplanade
(tartan border, shield, white heather + J V picture)
- Edinburgh Castle from
Princes Street Gardens (Davidson Bros.)
- Ferry Road
- Granton Square
- Holyrood Palace and
Arthur's Seat (tartan border)
- Imperial Dock, Leith
- King's Road, Portobello
- Leith, West Pier
- The New Hospital Dalkeith
- Portobello, Public Baths
- Princes Street, looking
east (tartan border)
- Trinity - Earl Haig Gardens
- View from Castle, Edinburgh
Posted 1911-18 (most)
Posted 1945 (The Clock,
Morningside Road, Edinburgh)
Posted 1929 (Cramond Brig)
- Published by
What was the connection between
Hartmann and J M & Co?
- Forth Bridge (and White Heather) -
Series not named
Was this from the same publisher as the J M & Co
postcards? This one is in a different style and was posted
about a decade earlier than the others.
- The Library and Fire
Station, Stockbridge ('Compliments of the Season')
- J & MS
I have only seen one card from this
publisher. It has not been sent through the post. It
is in the style of the early 1900s, but has a divided back so must
be 1902 or later.
- Comely Bank Avenue
'JRC' is a reference number on the
front of this card. It may refer to the photographer or the
publisher. I have only seen one postcard in this series.
- Granton Church (at the foot of Granton Road, beside Granton
The Roxburgh Series
- Tartan border
- J S & S Edinburgh
St Giles Series
The first two postcards below (Edinburgh Castle and Rosslyn
Chapel) have almost identical skies. Similar skies
also appear on cards published by
Alexander G Anderson around 1910 to
- Edinburgh Castle, from Johnstone Terrace
- Rosslyn Chapel
- Posted 1912
- Portobello Marine Gardens
- Posted 1909
- Newhaven Fishwives
- J S & Son Edinburgh
- Meadowbank, Edinburgh
- Piershill Place, Edinburgh
- JW & Co Ltd London
- Calton Hill
Jarold, J & Sons
- Edinburgh suburbs - Inverleith Park
- Greyfriars' Bobby,
Edinburgh (ED129) (Malcolm
- John Dewar Studios
- Edinburgh, Scotland
This is a colour photo, copyright
1986. The caption on the card describes the view as:
"Ariel view of the
Royal Mile, looking over the Palace of Holyroodhouse towards
series (with logo
featuring small map of
Scotland on the back of the card)
- Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
I don't know hoe many postcards of
Edinburgh John Hinde published. The card above is numbered
2SC 767. It is a colour photograph featuring detail of the
Ross Fountain in the foreground and Edinburgh Castle on Castle
Hill in the background.
- Johnston, W & A K Ltd
Edinburgh Glasgow, London
- 1903 Royal Visit to Edinburgh
- 1905 Royal Visit to Edinburgh
- Barnton Hotel
- Cramond Ferry
- Edinburgh Castle
- Granton Castle near Edinburgh
- Roslin Glen
The company was established as a
printing and engraving business in 1826 by the brothers William
and Alexander Keith Johnston. In 1848 it published the
Physical Atlas. (See also ' NOTE' below)*
From 1901, postcards
were printed at the Edina Printing Works, Easter Road. Hence
Here is how one of W & A K
of postcards was sold. This
envelope originally contained six postcards of Leith:
I've also been told of
another atlas: On 24 July 2007, Russell Newcombe, Pitt
Meadows, British Columbia, Canada wrote:
have a copy of W. & A. K. Johnston's Historical Atlas.
There is no date on it.
The inside title is Half-Crown Historical Atlas.
Can you tell me when it was published?"
If you can help to answer Russell's
please e-mail me and I'll pass your message on to him.
Thank you. - Peter
Stubbs: July 24, 2007
Thank you to Jenny Parkerson,
Edinburgh, for telling me that the Map Room of the National
Library of Scotland has a copy of this atlas. It is in their
catalogue as having been published in 1891.
Thank you to George T Smith, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island,
British Columbia, Canada, for searching the ABE Books web site and
finding a copy of this atlas for sale. George has provided
this extract from the book description on the ABE Books web site:
"W. & A. K.
Johnston Edinburgh No date. No Edition Stated. Small hardcover,
illustrated and embossed covers.
35 pages of color maps, index, year-by-year account of important
historical events, ending in 1898
Assume publication date was close after 1898."
So it seems likely that there has been more than one edition of this atlas.
- Peter Stubbs:
July 25, 2007
Judge's postcards included
topographical views throughout Britain. Please click here
for a brief history
of Judge's postcards
These are some of Judge's views in
and around Edinburgh. Judge's postcards can be easily
recognised. I find many of them to be rather dull and gloomy
as in the example above (which I have brightened in the enlargement
to bring out more detail in the ferry boat at South Queensferry).
- Auld Reekie
(with atmospheric sky)
- Calton Hill
(with atmospheric sky)
- Edinburgh High Street
- Forth Bridge
(with ferry boat, 'Forfarshire',
leaving Hawes Pier, South Queensferry)
Thank you to Gordon Howe, Wales,
for telling me that:
- there is a list of Judge's
cards up to 1940 on the web.
- he has had some cards dated
by Judges. I don't know how many cards there were. but
Judges charged him £15 to look up the numbers and provide the
dates. Gordon thought this charge was reasonable.
Norman Street wrote:
Numbering of Postcards
"I should be very grateful if
you could comment on a friend’s understanding of Judge’s
cataloguing system, viz:- that if a postcard is/was produced by
Judge for a unique outlet – a small local gift shop for example –
then the allocated catalogue number always/usually included an
Norman Street: email,
January 24, 2012
I'm not familiar with the
numbering system used for Judges postcards. Perhaps somebody
else will be able to comment.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:
Numbering of Postcards
Judge v. Valentine
Thank you to John Toohey, Montreal,
for his comments below on postcards published by Judge and
Valentine. John has now (Dec 2014) begun a PhD in History of
Art at Concordia University, Montreal.. His subject is
"It was some of Judge's
postcards of Edinburgh that got me first interested in him. I know
you say on your website that you're not keen on the heavy tones
but the ones I bought had a heavy atmosphere I associated with
19th century Edinburgh, at least from reading Robert Louis
Stevenson and William Roughead's accounts of trials, which always
left me with the impression murder was inevitable in the city back
I'm generally not that keen on
Valentine's cards. As as you point out, the company edited
in and out details that make them unreliable evidence. Also, it is
hard to find information on the photographers, whereas we know
Judge took all his photos before 7500 and most until 8500"..
John Toohey, Montreal: December
Thanks for your comments.
I agree. The gloomy style of the Judge postcards may
well have created the right sort of atmosphere to match scenes
in Edinburgh in the late-19th century and early-20th century,
when the smoky atmosphere from the house fires and the railway
and haars from the Firth of Forth could created what became
known as 'Auld Reekie.
The air in Edinburgh is much
clearer today, and much of the stonework has been cleaned
since the 1950s.
As for the Valentine postcards,
the photographer may not be known for all the photos, but St
Andrews University Library has produced a useful little
booklet that helps the photos to be dated.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:
December 20, 20142