Edinburgh Harmonica Band
© Reproduced with acknowledgement to Laura Hammersley Photographer: Coltart
Thank you to Laura Hammersley for allowing me to reproduce this photo.
"Recently I came across some old family photographs. Here is one of them, a photo probably of Edinburgh weavers and loom workers, taken around 1915-25.
"I know little about this photo. It appears to be a group of weavers or loom workers I think it may have been taken between about 1915 and 1925. My grandmother, Annie McLaren (née Gilbertson) is third from the right in the second row."
"The address, '20 Preston Street’, has been handwritten on the back of this photo. This may have been the address of the work place or the photographer. I know that it was not my grandmother’s address.
I have tried to find out about weaving in Edinburgh online, but have not been able to find anything that would be a connection to this photo. My grandparents married in 1922 and on the marriage certificate my grandmother was a ‘tinplate solderer’ - I think the photo may have been taken prior to that."
Laura Hammersley: October 1, 2013
No Answers Yet!
I can be fairly certain that there were no photographic studios in Preston Street around the time that this photo was taken photo (or at any other time).
However, it is possible that there was a photographer living at 20 Preston Street who had a studio elsewhere or had no studio.
I've looked at some of the Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directories (but unfortunately I don't have any between 1904 and 1929 at home to consult). I've not found any mention of weaving or looms in the directories that I've consulted, and it is not clear to me whether the address on the back of the photo refers to 20 East Preston Street or 20 West Preston Street.
Reply to Laura
If you have more success than I have had in learning a little more about this photo, and would like to contact Laura to tell her, please email me, then I'll pass on her email address to you.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: October 24, 2013