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Abbeyhill

Primary School

Photo

1.

and, after 'Reply 1' below,

Backgreen Coronation Party Photos - 1953

Photo

1.

Abbeyhill Primary School Class Photo    -    Around 1950-51

Abbeyhill Primary School, Around 1950-51

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to David Elgin                                                                                     [Photographer not known]

 

Enlarge this photo

    Abbeyhill Primary School, Around 1950-51

 

Abbeyhill Primary School

Thank you to David Elgin for sending me Photo 1. above, and for also identifying most of the pupils in the photo.  I'm very impressed by the number of names that David has remembered!  See below.

Acknowledgement:  David Elgin:  September 20, 2010

 

Photo

1.

Abbeyhill Primary School

Around 1950-51

 

Back Row

2nd Row

3rd Row

Front Row

1 Andrew Huntley George Turpie Lettuce Stewart Donald Mcneill
2 Robert Lyndsay Isabella Downie Norma Craig John Campbell
3 Andrew Bennett Maureen Baigrie Irene McCormack David Elgin (me)
4 George Moffat Nan Hay Flora Williamson?
She lived in Abbey Street
Ian Radin
5 David Donaldson Jean McKay Margaret Gillies George Black
6 Robert Malcolm Joan Robertson Ena McCombe
She lived in Lynne Street
 
7 Lawrence Mills Maureen Mathews Margaret Dickson  
8 Thomas Hall Maureen Abrahams Flora McDonald  
9 David Ward Isobell Black Ina Connolly  
10 James Black John Raeburn Frances Collins  
11   TEACHER
Mr Mitchell
   

-  All the above names in black have been provided by David Elgin, Edinburgh:  September 20, 2010

-  The name in red was also provided by David Elgin, Edinburgh:  September 25, 2010

-  The amendments in blue were provided by David Elgin, Edinburgh, after speaking again to a class mate, now living in Australia, that he has just made contact with again for the first time in 55 years.

-  Th name in green was provided by Ian Radin,

 

Reply

1.

Ian Radin

St Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Thank you to Ian Radin for posting a message in the EdinPhoto guest book.

Ian wrote:

"I am seated beside David Elgin in Photo 1 above.  I think the name of the girl that David could not identify may have been Flora Williamson."

Ian Radin, St Catharines, Ontario, Canada:  May 23, 2011

Note for Ian Radin

Nan Scott tells me that she would like to contact you.  Can you email me, then I'll be able to pass on your email address to Nan?  Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  October 14, 2011

 

Backgreen
Coronation Party

Photos

2. and 3.

 

Reply

2.

Laurie Thompson

Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England

Thank you Laurie Thompson who wrote:

Abbeyhill Primary Class Photo

"Once again the Edinphoto memory-jogger does its work!

I was looking at this Abbeyhill School class photo (Photo 1) when suddenly I saw a face that looked familiar to me,

Photo

1.

Abbeyhill Primary Class

Around 1950-51

   Abbeyhill Primary School Class  -  Aeound 1950-51

I didn't start at Abbeyhill until 1951, and the pupils in this photo look as though they may be several years older than school-starting age, so it's unlikely that any of them would have been familiar to me as fellow pupils."

Isobel Black

and he Mum

"However, I went back to my box of family photographs and, sure enough, I found Photo 2, taken in 1953 at our back green Coronation Party, in which I saw the familiar face - Isobel Black."

Photo

2.

Marionville Road Back Green Coronation Party  -  1953

"Isobel is:

second-back row, ninth from the left, in the Photo 1.

-  front row, far right, in Photo 2.

I was astonished to see Isobel in Photo 1. Although the Black family and ourselves lived in the same stair for many years, I never knew that Isobel went to Abbeyhill School as well.

On reflection, though, maybe it's not so strange, as the years between us (her being a teenager when I was still a kid) probably meant that there wasn't much conversation between us about anything, let alone our respective education backgrounds."

Television

'The Cisco Kid' and 'The News'

"The Blacks were among the first in our stair, and the next stair along, to get a TV, and I remember that Mrs Black sometimes used to invite several pals of her son George (myself included) in to watch The Cisco Kid just before tea time - a rare treat.

I always remember the closing line "Ahh, Pancho - Ahh, Cisco" that the two stars of the programme used to come out with at the end of each episode.

Mrs Black was also renowned for making tablet, and sometimes that sweet buttery smell of freshly-made tablet greeted us as we went in to watch Cisco and Pancho.  Mmmm - happy days!

I remember seeing the TV News starting one evening, as we were filing out of the house after The Cisco Kid, and  George saying:  'It's really good -  just like the wireless, with pictures'."

Coronation Party Photo

"Isobel's Mum is also in this photo.

Marionville Road - Coronation Party, 1953 - Helpers

She is the lady on  the left in the back row.  She looks like quite a formidable woman in the photo, but in fact she was quite kindly and generous, a bit of a 'Maw Broon' character."

I believe that this group of ladies was probably photographed because they were the organizers of the Coronation Party.

Marionville Road was (and still is) a busy road on bus routes, so a street party could not be held there.  It was held, instead, in the back green of 238 + 240 Marionville Road, and was for the people who lived there and also in the adjoining tenement blocks at 234 + 236 Marionville Road - a total of 24 houses.

These are the people that I recognise in this photo:

Photo 2.

Coronation Party

1953

 

Back Row

Front Row

1

Isobel Black's Mum

?

2

Laurie Thompson's Mum

?

3  

Isobel Black

4

?

 

5

?

 

Also ++

Laurie Thompson's 2-year old sister

Thank you to Laurie Thompson, Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England for providing the names above.

 ++    Laurie wrote  "The little girl on the extreme left of this picture is my chubby 2-year old sister."

Laurie Thompson, Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England:  October 7+19, 2014

 

Reply

3.

Laurie Thompson

Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England

Thank you Laurie Thompson for writing again.

Laurie wrote.

Coronation Party Photo

"Here (courtesy of my sister) are the names of 2 more people in this photo of the Coronation Party held in the Backgreen at Marionville Road.

Two More Names

I've updated the table below to include the latest two names that Laurie has sent to me.

Photo 2.
list updated

Coronation Party

1953

 

Back Row

Front Row

1

Isobel Black's Mum

?

2

Laurie Thompson's Mum

?

3

Mrs Smith

Isobel Black

4

?

 

5

Mrs Fender

 

Also ++

Laurie Thompson's 2-year old sister

Thank you to Laurie Thompson, Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England for providing the names above.

 ++    Laurie wrote  "The little girl on the extreme left of this picture is my chubby 2-year old sister."

The names in red text were added to this table on 10 Nov, 2014.

Laurie Thompson, Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England:  November 10, 2014

 

Reply

4.

Laurie Thompson

Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England

Coronation Party Photo

Thank you Laurie Thompson for also sending me another photo of the Coronation Party in 1953, taken on the Backgreen in Marionville Road - Photo 3 above. 

Here is his photo of ten children, one almost hidden:

Photo

3.

Photograph of children at a Coronation Party held in the Backgreen at Marionville Road, 1953

I remember wearing a jacket a rather like the one being worn by the boy in the front row.  I'm not too sure about the fit of the jacket with the large collar being worn by the boy in the back row!

Thank you to Laurie Thompson for providing the names below:

Photo 3.
 

Coronation Party

1953

 

Back Row

Front Row

Front Row

1

Alan Smith

Myself (Laurie Thompson)

Why am I wearing the Abbeyhill School Uniform?

Jean Thompson

My wee sister

2

?

?

 

3

Duncan Johnson

?

 

4

George Black

?

 

5

 

?

 

Thank you to Laurie Thompson, Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England for providing the names above.

Do you Recognise Anybody Else?

Do you recognise anybody else in this photo?

If so, please email me to let me know, then I'll add their names to this page.

        Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  November 11, 2014

 

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A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere     Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks