Links to Other Pages

EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

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

 

Royal Blind Asylum Band

Around 1955

The Royal Blind Assylum Band  -  Around 1954-56

© Scott Brothers (studio at Hanover Street, Edinburgh, until 1965).  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Marie Brown, Edinburgh

 

Enlarge this photo

    The Royal Blind Assylum Band  -  Around 1954-56 ©

 

Recollections

1.

Marie Brown (née Robertson)

Edinburgh

Thank you to Marie Brown who wrote:

Royal Blind Asylum Band

The Band

"I recently came across this photo of the Royal Blind Asylum Band.  It would have been taken around 1954-56.

I was the only girl member of the band.  I'd like to be in touch with others who were members of the band at that time.

I'd also like to find out:

-  when the workshops in Gillespie Crescent closed, and

-  which year  the band disbanded."

Marie Brown (née Robertson), Edinburgh:  August 9, 2012

 

Recollections

2.

Marie Brown (née Robertson)

Edinburgh

Marie Brown added:

From my Youth

The Band

"I was a member of the Royal Blind Asylum Silver Band when I was about 12.  This places the photo in mid-1950s.

I am holding a trombone for the photo as the baritone horn I normally played would have hidden me completely.   My being in this band was purely accidental. 

I was supposed to be taking my young brother to learn something musical. He couldn’t do the mouthing needed to play a brass instrument so dropped out and because I had been used as an example, the bandmaster having discovered I could produce a note, I became a member of the band.

The absolute downside was lugging this heavy instrument in its heavy case to and from band practise. I still suffer from sore shoulders."

Performances

"We performed in parks and in bandstands all over central and southern Scotland, even venturing as far north as Perth and Arbroath.

The men in the band mostly worked in the Royal Blind Asylum workshops in Gillespie Crescent.  It was a manufacturing unit and the workshops turned out goods like mattresses, wire goods, jute goods and used large dangerous machinery.

It took specialist training for the men to use these machines and all the ‘gaffers’ were sighted. Yes, it was all men in the workshops and they shouted a warning if a woman walked in the door.  The women worked in the knitting and sewing workshop and also in the offices using Braille typewriters.

From memory all the band members were employed in these workshops and were a mix of blind, partially blind and sighted people."

The Bandmaster

"The bandmaster controlled and conducted the band by means of a combination of cords hooked onto a finger of the blind players and gathered into a thick wedge attached to his music stand which he beat the time onto while using his baton to conduct the others. He could control individuals by tapping their cord as needed. The standard of music played was always of a high quality.

At one time he attempted to march the band. This involved a complex system of cords and it was successful a couple of times but too difficult to keep up."

Leaving the Band

"I left the band when my interests in music turned to Elvis and Bill Haley and I gave into peer pressure.  It was strictly uncool to be in a silver band so I swapped band practice for the Palais and the pleasure of the jive."

 FOOTNOTE

"I’m not sure when the band folded, but I heard it was because there was a shortage of potential members. The workshops closed and the buildings were sold to a housing society for flats. 

All the staff were either made redundant or transferred to a much smaller workshop in Craigmillar which, in turn, was closed for lack of funding and all the staff made redundant.

Thankfully the Royal Blind School goes on although it is also struggling for funds now."

Marie Brown:  Sep 25, 2012

Marie Brown (née Robertson), Edinburgh:  September 25, 2012
 (Notes written by Marie Brown, August 2012.)

 

Recollections

3.

George Lewis

Southampton, Hampshire, England

Thank you to George Lewis who wrote:

Around 1950

"In 2007, I sent photos of when I was a member of Royal Blind Asylum Brass Band.

Royal Blind Asylum Brass Band Outing  -  At Kinghorn ©      Royal Blind Asylum Brass Band Outing to Kinghorn  -  George Lewis' father on drum and Mr Hibbard (sighted player) on side drum©      Royal Blind Asylum Brass Band Outing to Kinghorn  -  Crossing the Firth of Forth on the return trip to Edinburgh with the Forth Rail Bridge in the background ©

Yes, I remember these photos (above) taken of the band on its  excursion  to Kinghorn in Fife, around 1950.         - Peter Stubbs

Mid-1950s

"I see that recently you have received photo and write-up of her time with the band from Marie Brown.

The Royal Blind Assylum Band  -  Around 1954-56 ©

I left the band in March 1954 to join the RAF, but I recognise most of the people in the photo.  My younger brother Donnie (on the cornet) joined just after that when my father was still in the band.

He is the one behind the double bass, although as happened for  Maria a few people's instruments were swapped around for the photo.  His instrument was the bass drum.

If Maria would like to get in contact, she can, and I'll put her in touch my brother.

George Lewis, Southampton, Hampshire, England:  October12, 2012

Thanks, George,  for your comments and your offer to get in touch with Marie.  I've now passed on your message and email address to her and hope that you'll hear from her soon.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  October 18, 2012

 

Recollections

4.

George Lewis

Southampton, Hampshire, England

Thank you to George Lewis for writing again giving me the names below of most of the members of this band.

Royal Blind Asylum Band

Around 1955

The Royal Blind Assylum Band  -  Around 1954-56 ©

 

 

Back Row

Middle Row Front Row

1.

Chrissie ?

Donnie Lewis

Jenny Blues

2.

?

David Francis

Donald Lewis

3.

?

Chic Hutchison

?

4.

Joe Best

Big Bill Hamilton

Mr Farrow

5.

? MacDougall

?

?

6.

Andy Peters

Jock Adams

Alex Moody

7.

Willie Farrow
Bandmaster's son

?

?

8.

 

Marie Robertson

Hibby Hibberd

Acknowledgement:  George Lewis, Southampton, Hampshire, England:  October31, 2012

 

Musical Groups and Other Entertainers

__________________

 

Links to Other Pages

EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

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