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The Forth Bridge

Postcard by an Unidentified Publisher  -  The Forth Bridge, 1890

Postcard of the Forth Bridge, 1890

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk

Postcard (back)

Postcard of the Forth Bridge, 1890 -  the back of  postcard 11890

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk

The Forth Bridge

Train on the Bridge

This postcard  shows a train heading to the north across the Forth Bridge, and shipping in the Firth of Forth near Hawes Pier.

Many cards of the Forth Bridge have been published, with trains in this position on the bridge, but usually they have been heading to the south, approaching the camera.

Valentine Postcard?

I believe that this card will have been published by Valentine or perhaps published by somebody else who made a copy of a Valentine card, including the negative number allocated by Valentine (11896).

If the number is indeed a Valentine number, it indicates that the photo was taken in 1890, the year that the Forth Bridge opened.

The card was posted in 1904.   It was not unusual for Valentine & Co to publish postcards many years after the photograph on the card was taken.

Halfpenny Postage

Here the sender got value for the halfpenny postage.  The card was sent on the afternoon of 10 August from Edinburgh to Kent, about 400 miles to the south.  But the recipient appears to have been on holiday in Scotland at the time, so the card was sent back 500 miles to the north again, the following morning, with the message 'Please Forward' to Atholl Hydropathic, Pitlochry.

One halfpenny (before decimalisation in the 1970s = approx 0.002.

 

Update

Frank Hay

Queensferry

Thank you to Frank Hay for confirming that the postcard at the top of this page is, indeed, based an original postcard by Valentine - whoever it was that published it!

Postcard of the Forth Bridge, 1890

Thank you to Frank for also sending me an original Valentine postcard of this scene  Valentine may well have published this photo as a postcard in several different formats in the early 1900s.  That would not be unusual for them.

In the example below, the  'Valentine' name can be seen at the bottom of the postcard, but has been cropped out of the postcard above.

Valentine Postcard - The Forth Bridge, 1890

Frank added

The Paddle Steamer

"The steamer at the Hawes appears to be New Undaunted (tall mast, black topped funnel and white paddle covers) and so we can date the photo from this Kilburn page on the EdinPhoto website."

The Date

"The Queensferry Jetty has been removed in the postcard (unlike the stereo image) and so the date is between the removal of the jetty and 1893. ** "

Frank Hay, Queensferry, Edinburgh:  March 3, 2010

1890

**  In fact, I believe that we can probably date this photo more precisely, to 1890, based on Valentine's number on this card.

Source:  Booklet:  University of St Andrews Valentine Collection:  Publ. St Andrews University Library, 1999.  I have found this source to be reliable, so I have no reason to doubt that this photo was taken in 1890.

 Valentine Postcard  -  The Forth Bridge, 1890

Valentine Postcard - The Forth Bridge, 1890

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Frank Hay, Queensferry, Edinburgh

 

 

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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.

 

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