The number on this postcard suggests
that the photograph was taken in 1890, the year that the Forth
Bridge was opened.
However, this is one of the postcards
in Valentine's Velvette Gravure series. The
postcard may not have been issued until around 1940.
This postcard, like many others,
includes some impressive statistics about the bridge.
The statistics on this postcard include:
- length = 1.5 miles
- height = 361 feet (Some
- rivets used = 6,500,000.
(Some say 7,500,000 or 8,000,000)
Deaths during the
statistic that is not mentioned on this postcard is the number
of men who died during the building of the bridge.
has frequently been
reported as being 57, but some recent research by local
historians and genealogists at the
Queensferry History Group suggests that the number was, in
fact, closer to 80.