Musselburgh Fishwives

Musselburgh Fishwives  -  A Carbon Print

  Reproduced by courtesy of Edinburgh Photographic Society

This photograph shows Musselburgh fishwives.  Their outfits were similar to those of the Newhaven Fishwives.

I believe it may have been taken during on a trip to Musselburgh by three photographers attending the Photographic Convention of the United Kingdom in Edinburgh in 1892, as was the photograph below.  (Please click on it to enlarge it.

Musselburgh Fishwives by the shore  -  Photographed during the Photographic Convention of the UK in Edinburgh, 1892


The Firth of Forth

The Firth of Forth

Newhaven, Portobello and Musselburgh all lie on the Firth of Forth.

Newhaven was a fishing village, about 2 miles north-east of Edinburgh.

Portobello was a seaside resort, about  4 miles east of Edinburgh.

Musselburgh with its harbour of Fisherrow was a fishing village about 6 miles east of Edinburgh



Carbon Print

The photograph above appeared in the Amateur Photographer's Library - Booklet No.8 - Carbon Printing, as an example of a Carbon Print.

It was printed by Elliott & Son on their Carbon tissue, and was described as a "Hand Camera Shot".  It was taken on one of Elliott & Son's "Barnet" Extra Rapid Plates.

Booklet No 8 - Carbon Printing was published in 1894.

The Photogrpahic Convention of the United Kingdom had their Annual Convention in Edinburgh two years earlier, in the summer of 1892.  Was this photograph of Musselburgh Fishwives, perhaps, taken by one of the delegates to that Convention?