I find it interesting to compare
this scene with Princes Street today, 52 years later.
in the background:
- The National Monument and
Nelson Monument on Calton Hill
- The North British (now
Balmoral) Hotel at the East |End of Princes Street
- The Scott Monument at
Waverley, on Princes Street
look very similar today.
The hotel looks much fresher now, its stonework having been cleaned.
However, in the
- Car parking was
allowed on both sides of Princes Street.
- The Castle Street
junction was patrolled by Police Point Duty, rather than traffic lights.
Is that a Sunbeam Talbot turning the corner?
- The bus approaching is
one of a large batch of Leylands that replaced the trams four years
- The shop on the extreme
left, at the corner of Princes Street and Castle Street, with what appears
to be a 'Royal Appointment' crest above its window is Melrose's Ltd, tea
and coffee merchants.
- Immediately above
Melrose's Ltd is Palace Hotel. This whole block was destroyed by
fire in 1991, and has since been rebuilt.
- The small lamp posts in
Princes Street Gardens, on the right-hand side of this photo are still in
place today, but they are now partially hidden by the trees that have
grown around them.
- The fashions of the pedestrians
walking along the south side of Princes Street now look rather dated.