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Photos from the Edinburgh Corporation Transport Department Collection

George Street

1920s

Around 1958

George Street in the 1920s  -  Marion Fishmonger Lorry and other vehicles ©

 

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      George Street  -  Fluorescent Lights  -   Around 1958? ©

 

George Street

Street Lighting

The photo comes from the Edinburgh Street Lighting Collection of photos held at the Edinburgh City Archive.  There is no photographer's name or other info on the photo, but I think it would probably have been taken soon after the fluorescent street lamps were installed in George Street in 1958.

Parking

The photo was taken when George Street still had a cobbled surface, and before the days of parking meters.  Free parking was allowed all day.  The wording on the parking sign in the centre of the street reads:

P

I  I

CENTRE OF STREET

6AM TO 12 MIDNIGHT

AND EXTENSION OF

TIME ON OCCASION

OF SPECIAL FUNCTIONS

 

Cars

That looks like an interesting row of cars parked in the middle of the street, especially the one with the unusual radiator in front of the Rover on the left-hand side of the photo:

Cars parked in the centre of George Street, around 1958 ©

How many can anybody identify? (It might help to enlarge this photo first, then have a closer look at them.  (Alternatively, I could email you an image at even higher resolution.  Please let me know if you'd like me to do that.)

Buildings

This view looks to the east from outside the offices of The Standard Life Assurance Company at 3 George Street.

-  The General Electric offices, on the left-hand side of this photo are at 8 George Street.  The shops beside it are:

-  J & T Scott, Furnishing Specialists and

-  Peter C Martin.

Both these shops appear to have closed by the time that the 1960-61 Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directory was published

-  The building with the pillars was Head Office of National Commercial Bank of Scotland, later taken over by Royal Bank of Scotland.  This building has now become 'The Dome' Café.

- The building with the dome roof and figure on top is the Royal Society of Edinburgh offices at the corner of George Street and Hanover Street.

-  The building with the dome at the extreme right of the photo is St George's Church on the far side of Charlotte Square, at the west end of George Street.

 

Reply

1.

Steven Oliver

Duns, Borders, Scotland

Thank you to Steven Oliver who wrote:

1958

George Street  -  Fluorescent Lights  -   Around 1958? ©

"I would date this photo to around 1958 as the fluorescent lanterns in George Street date from that time.  Although I wasn't born then, I remember them very well as they were in-situ until 1983.

These lanterns were mounted on post-top adaptors fitted to the top of the old traction poles in the centre of George Street.

Extra concrete CU Highway X columns, fitted with sleeves, to accommodate the lanterns, were installed at the junctions. 

When lit, they (to me at least) resembled oversized ice-lollies."

1983

"All of the lanterns and columns in George Street were removed in 1983 Wall-mounted floodlights were installed and  round-abouts were built around the bases of the statues at the Castle Street, Frederick Street and Hanover Street junctions."

Steven Oliver, Duns, Borders, Scotland:  February 13, 2011

 

Reply

2.

Bill Buchanan

Drumoig, Leuchars, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Thank you to Bill Buchanan who wrote with a reply to my question:

"What is the model of car with the unusual radiator in front of the Rover on the left-hand side of this photo?"

George Street  -  Fluorescent Lights  -   Around 1958? ©

Cars parked in the centre of George Street, around 1958 ©

 

Bill replied:

Triumph

"The car is a Triumph.  Sorry, I don't know the model."

Bill Buchanan, Drumoig, Leuchars, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, May 27, 2012

 

More Replies

Several people have now contacted me telling me that the car with the sloping radiator in this photo is a Triumph Dolomite.

Please click on the thumbnail image below to read their replies:

    Cars parked in the centre of George Street, around 1958 ©

Peter Stubbs:  June 5, 2012

 

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