near Fairmilehead, South Edinburgh
Any reproduction requires
prior permission of Edinburgh City Archives
Photo from Edinburgh Street Lighting Collection SL/90/8.
Photo Ref. General Electric Co Ltd, Publicity Dept, Photo
This photo is one of two night views of Edinburgh taken for the General
Electric Co Ltd Publicity Dept and now held in the Edinburgh City Archive
collection. The other night view is of Gilmerton Road.
The Comiston Road photo is dated February 3, 1937. Some details about the
street lights have been written on the back of this photo. I have
interpreted these with the help of Steven Oliver.
(See also 'Reply 1'.)
- 250w. Mercury Vapour
- 25 ft steel column
- 6 ft bracket
- Oscia lantern
Duns, Borders, Scotland
Thank you to Steven Oliver for
helping me to interpret the notes on the back of the photo above, and for
Type of Lighting
"The type of column being
referred to above will be one of the Mackenzie and Moncur slimline
columns. These were made up of 25ft steel shafts and 6ft cast-iron
brackets and were installed from the 1930s until the mid-1950s on main
roads and housing estates."
"Mercury lighting is still used
in Edinburgh today, mostly on the railing-stop lanterns in the New Town,
but also on some side streets and in Duddingston Village."
Steven Oliver, Duns, Borders, Scotland: January 22,