Looking through one of the arches
South Bridge, towards Grassmarket
The Rag Store
Looking to the west down Cowgate
Martin Stoggell, Texas, USA
Photograph taken: around 1970
This view looks looks
to the west down the Cowgate and through one of the arches of
South Bridge, towards the Grassmarket.
Martin Stoggell wrote:
"I took this photo in the Cowgate as a
kid around 1970. I went back a few times until I felt the
light was in the right direction. I think I used a Nikkormat
to take the photo.
The wall, where 'The Rag Store'
writing is, was painted red. I believe they paid a few pence
for old clothes. I never actually went inside but did notice
that it occasionally had its door open for business."
Martin Stoggell, who lives beside a swamp in Texas,
USA: January 17 + 18, 2011
Martin also took this
photo of the same scene in 2004. It also shows
Bannerman's Public House on the south side of the Canongate,
to the right of the South Bridge arch.
In both photos above, one of the arches of George IV Bridge, the
next crossing of Cowgate to the west, can be seen in the distance.
Bo'ness, West Lothian, Scotland
Thank you to Tony Ivanov who wrote:
"This is the rag store that, as a child in the
1950ís, I visited almost every Saturday to sell the old clothes I had
collected by going around the houses, knocking on doors, in order to earn
some extra pocket money.
The rag store was mentioned by Eric Gold and
myself in the
Dumbiedykes Recollections pages on this site."
Tony Ivanov, Bo'ness, West Lothian, Scotland: January