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A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

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PSS History

May 1856 to December 1856

Laws of PSS

By May 1856, the following Laws of the Society had been agreed.

 1. Membership

There were to be two categories of membership, Honorary and   Ordinary Members

 Honorary Members  were to consist only of foreigners

 Ordinary Memberssubscriptions were to be:

-      one guinea  payable in advance on 1 March

-     half a guinea if admitted after 1 December

   10 guineas (or  7 guineas for life membership if 4 annual subscriptions have already been paid) for life membership

I have not found any evidence of anybody becoming a life member

The guinea subscription was sufficient to accumulate a healthy balance in the Society’s Accounts.  It remained unchanged until 1866, when subscriptions were discontinued.    

 

2. Meetings

The Constitution required Meetings to be held on  the 2nd Tuesday of each month from November to April:

--   to receive communications on photography

-   to discuss subjects connected therewith

-   for the exhibition of photographic work

-   for the election of members

-   but for no other purpose

3. Journals

Arrangements were made for the Proceedings of the Society to be published in the Photographic Journal, and for members to receive a copy, gratis.

4.  Exhibitions

Sellers of work at the Annual Exhibition were to pay 10% of the price to the Society.

The first  Exhibition  

The 1st Annual Exhibition was held in December 1856.  There were 8,000 visitors and  1,050 pictures.  Press coverage was very supportive and the exhibition made a profit of £29 9s 11½d

The Report at first PSS Annual General Meeting commented:

"It is not intended that the Annual Exhibition should be a means of adding to the funds of the Society; the main objects of instituting such an Exhibition being:

-    to aid in increasing the public taste for art

-    to afford the Members an opportunity of contrasting their own works with those of their fellow members, and of photographers at a distance."  

Monthly meetings

Meetings were held at 8pm in the Council Rooms of the Antiquarian Society, 117 George Street.

Each member had the right to bring a friend (Lady or Gentleman) to meetings of the Society.

Membership increased faster than anticipated.  Attendances at the monthly meetings ranged from 25 to 60 members. 

The meetings appear to have been formal, typically consisting of:

-  Minutes of the previous meeting

-  Lecture delivered to the Meeting, 

-  Motion, proposed and seconded, thanking the speaker

-  Display of items.

Lectures

Lectures delivered between May and December were:

-    Photography …………................................. Sir David Brewster

-    The Calotype Process …............................... William Walker

-    The Waxed Paper process ............................. Thomas Keith

Tour in France……………............................ Cosmo Innes

The Forgery of Bank Notes by Photography .. TB Johnston

-     Photo Lithography……….........................… N MacPherson

All the speakers above, except Mr MacPherson were then Council Members of the Society.

The last two of these lectures were both given on the evening of 9 December 1856.  There was an attendance of fifty Members.  The minutes of the December meeting record that:

"The Chairman, Messrs Tunny, Jas Ross, TB Johnston, Geo Harvey and D O Hill afterwards made observations on he subject of Mr Macpherson’s  communication."

Displays of Photographs and Equipment

Displays at the Monthly Meetings included:

-    several collections of travel photographs, and examples of photograph by the Photolithography process

-    a Papier maché photo disk made by Messrs Jenners and Bettridge (which was  strongly recommended)

-    a new form of double stereoscopic camera - taking a Series of Views in the open air without a dark tent

-    an apparatus for carrying a number of prepared glass plates, for transferring them to the Camera in the open air one after the other

Society’s Albums

Donations to the Society’s albums were made by several Members of the Society:

-   Horatio Ross of Netherley, Stonehaven

-   Rev T M Raven of Bedale, Yorkshire

-   CJ Burnett of Aberdeen

-   Ivan Szabo of St Andrews, Fife

 

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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.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks