Thank you to Kim Traynor for allowing me to
reproduce this photograph taken at Duff Street, Dalry. One of the
children seems to be an individual. He is seated on his bike,
wearing a flat cap.
"I donít think this is
a school photo. (The
ages of the subjects vary.) It shows a group of children in Duff Street,
the presence of my mother and one of my Aunts, I
can date it to about 1920 or 1921.
- Margaret Walker
(back row 2nd from left),
- Elizabeth Walker
(back row 5th from left),
born around 1912."
canít imagine why this photo would have been taken. The frame is completely plain with no
photographer identified. Who would bother? I doubt it would have been for
payment that would have to be collected from numerous parents. Could it be
a Sunday School photograph?"
Duff Street is a very short street. One side of it was demolished only a
few years ago. If my memory isnít playing tricks, there is a large green
door on the remaining south side, very like the one in the photograph.
north side probably had similar doors because there was a garage there.
I wouldnít be surprised if it was stables at the time the photo was
taken. I seem to recall my mother talking about horses in the area,
perhaps belonging to a brewery."
Acknowledgement: Kim Traynor.
Tollcross, Edinburgh: September 13, 2009