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EPS Member

Tom Curr

1887-1958

 

Recollections of Tom Curr

Index

1.

Sandy Brewer
Galloway, SW Scotland 

Edinburgh Photographic Society

2.

Robert Hepburn
Cornwall:  March 22, 2007

Boys' Brigade

George Powrie
Menai Bridge, Anglesey, Wales:

3.

Sandy Brewer
Galloway, SW,  Scotland 

Paintings

4.

Pat O'Neil
USA

Painting :  Six Children

5.

Dr Lindsay Lennie

Buttercup Dairy Co.

6.

Sandy Brewer
Galloway, SW Scotland

Biography

7.

Alan Watson
Edinburgh

BBC

Daniel Stewart's College

8.

Douglas Scott
Canada

Memorial Plaques

9.

Sandy Brewer
Galloway, SW Scotland

Memorial Plaques

10.

Bill Scott
Alnwick, Northumberland, England

Work for Buttercup Dairy

11.

Bill Scott
Alnwick, Northumberland, England

Buttercup Dairy Co

Buttercup Artefacts

Window Transfer

 

Recollections

1.

Edinburgh Photographic Society

Exhibitions and Portfolio Group

Tom Curr was one of the three judges (now named selectors) for the EPS Open Exhibition held in February 1936.  The other two judges for this exhibition were Mr Keighley and J Campbell Harper.

In October 1938, he spoke to the EPS Portfolio Group

Tom gave his comments on and criticisms of the annual EPS Members' Exhibition in January 1947

Stanley Cusiter

Thank you to Sandy Brewer who wrote:

"I see that Stanley Cursiter was a judge for the EPS Open Exhibition in 1928.  He was a great friend of Tom Curr who was a judge for the 1936 exhibition.

They both worked at McLagan & Cumming (colour printers) on Warriston Road, attended art college together (as part of their apprenticeships) and it seems they may have served together in WW1 as it is confirmed that both were involved in the production of military maps.

A biography of Cursiter written by Pamela Beasant was published in 2007 by Orkney Museums and it is very interesting & beautifully produced."

Sandy Brewer, Galloway, SW Scotland  September 15, 2008

 

Recollections

2.

Boys' Brigade

Robert Hepburn recalls the time when he lived at Beaverbank Place, up to the age of 12, in the 1940s:

Message from Cornwall

"Capt Tom Curr had activities going for the 46th Boys Brigade most nights.  Hundreds of boys must have gone through the ranks."

Robert Hepburn, Cornwall:  March 22, 2007

George Powrie recalls:

Message from Anglesey

"In 1938/39 I was a member of the 46th Boys Brigade. The meetings were held in a small hall in Canonmills, Edinburgh.

I was a drummer in the pipe band and Capt. Curr was always telling me off for having my stockings down around my ankles!

I have a vague recollection of Capt. Curr being a cartoonist in one of the Edinburgh newspapers."

George Powrie, Menai Bridge, Anglesey, Wales:  October 28, 2008

 

Recollections

3.

Paintings

Thank you to Sandy Brewer for sending me the two images below, both of Tom Curr's religious paintings, both showing Jesus, the first against an Edinburgh background.

Please click the thumbnail images below to enlarge them.

Religious painting by the Edinburgh artist, Tom Curr  -  Jesus in Edinburgh         Religious painting by the Edinburgh artist, Tom Curr

 

Recollections

4.

Painting

Six Children

Thank you to Pat O'Neil, USA, for sending me the image below of another painting by Tom Curr.

Pat wrote:

"This painting is about 1x 2 ft and it's different from the two you have above.   it's a picture with 6 children and they are of different race.  Jesus is  holding a long staff or cane, and it seems like he is having trouble with the little girl coming with him"

  Religious painting by the Edinburgh artist, Tom Curr

 Pat O'Neil, USA:  February 15 2008 + November 18 2008

 

Recollections

5.

Buttercup Dairy Company

Thank you to Dr Lindsay Lennie who wrote:

"I'm researching shop architecture in Scotland and have been looking at the Buttercup Dairy Co, which was based in Leith and had over 400 shops across Scotland.

Tom Curr painted a picture of a girl with a brown cow which was then used as the basis for the tile panels which were used in the entrance to all their shops.

Tiles in a Buttercup Dairy Co shop, based on a painting by Tom Curr

Some of these shop fronts still exist, such as in Meadows Lamp Gallery in Edinburgh and in Dunbar and Haddington.

Dr Lindsay Lennie, October 29, 2008

Dr Lindsay Lennie wrote again, giving more information, adding:

Shop Fronts

"I have a fascination for tiled shops, and am currently writing an article for the Tile and Architectural Ceramics Society about James Duncan Ltd, Scotland's greatest tile decorating firm.  The firm was based in Glasgow and made tiles for the Buttercup Dairy shops."

Buttercup Dairy Company

"Buttercup Dairy Company was started in 1908 in Leith by Andrew Ewing and continued until 1949.  Less than 20 of the original 400 shops now survive.  Most are in Edinburgh and elsewhere in Eastern Scotland.

However, the People's Palace Museum in Glasgow has a re-created a Buttercup Dairy shop.

I was in Craiglea Clocks, a shop on Comiston Road, Edinburgh, recently.  This is a former Buttercup Dairy Co shop.  It still has the original Buttercup Dairy Co tiles in the lobby."

Tom Curr Painting

  Painting by Tom Curr  -  girl and brown cow  -  probably uses as the basis for tiles on Buttercup Dairy Co shops

"This picture, bought at an antique fair, may be a copy of the one that once hung in the Buttercup Dairy Co Head Office in Leith, which was the basis for the tile panels on the Buttercup Dairy Co shop."

Further Information

"I would be grateful to receive any information on:

Tom Curr

-  Buttercup Dairy Company or

James Duncan Ltd

Dr Lindsay Lennie, October 31, 2008

If you have any further information on any of the above, please email me, then I'll pass on the details to Lindsay.

Thank you.    Peter Stubbs:  November 13, 2008

UPDATE

Thank you to Ian Thomson, New South Wales for sending me his recollections of working at Buttercup Farm, at the top of Clermiston Hill, Corstorphine.

Peter Stubbs, November 14, 2008

 

Recollections

6.

Biography

The Life of Tom Curr

Dr Sandy Brewer, Galloway, SW Scotland, is currently writing a biography of Tom Curr.

Sandy tells me that, as part of her research, she is now working her way through a lot of material connected to the Boys' Brigade, not least the original artwork and presentation copies of the photographs of the various pageants: 'Edinburgh Rock', 'Hail Caledonia!' etc.

If you have any information about Tom Curr that you think may be of interest to Sandy, please e-mail me and I'll pass it on to her.

      Thank you.

-  Peter Stubbs:  May 21, 2007

 

Recollections

7.

BBC and Daniel Stewart's College

Thank you to Alan Watson, Edinburgh, for telling me more about Tom Curr.

Alan wrote:

The Scots Magazine

"An article on Tom Curr appeared in The Scots Magazine in June 1976.  The article was by Ronald Falconer, former head of religious broadcasting for the BBC in Scotland.  Tom's early Children's TV work is mentioned."

Daniel Stewart's College

"The book, 'A History of Daniel Stewart's College 1855-1955' by John  Thompson contains several of Tom's caricatures of staff members.

It states that Tom supervised the scribing of the school's Second World War roll of honour.  He was a Former Pupil (F.P.) and was President  the College F.P. Club in 1948-1949.

I remember him coming to the school and giving an illustrated talk."

Alan Watson, Edinburgh:  August 10, 2009

 

Recollections

8.

Memorial Plaques

Thank you to Douglas Scott, Canada, who wrote telling me about a memorial tree on the Riddell estate in the Scottish Borders:

Scottish Borders

"Here are two photos showing memorial plaques embedded in an old tree, including a plaque to Tom Curr.

Memorial Plaques to Tom Curr and others, embedded in a tree at Lilliesleaf, near Melrose, in the Scottish Borders

Memorial Plaque to Tom Curr, embedded in a tree at Lilliesleaf, near Melrose, in the Scottish Borders

The tree is on the lands of the Riddell estate near the village of Lilliesleaf in the Scottish Borders.

These photos were provided by Ian Thomson as part of a  long chain of  emails from various local people trying to figure out where these plaques came from.

I'm guessing that one of the former owners of the estate (the Sprot family) had a connection with the Edinburgh Boys' Brigade."

Douglas Scott, Canada:  August 14, 2009

 

Recollections

9.

Memorial Plaques

Lilliesleaf

"George Hagart, who I have mentioned before, had told me about the plaques and that some ex-members of the BB still camped at the site every year

The first time that the 46th Company of the Edinburgh battalion of the Boys' Brigade camped at Lilliesleaf (courtesy of the Sprott family) was 1928, then they camped there almost continuously until 1988.  The camps were interrupted by the Second World War.

The Company used to parade through the village.  I have a photograph showing them in preparation for the parade."

Sandy Brewer, Galloway, SW Scotland  August 15, 2009

 

Recollections

10.

Work for Buttercup Dairy

It's a while since I last updated this page, but now Bill Scott has sent a message.

Bill wrote:

Poultry Farm

"I have been speaking to Sandy Brewer, who is writing a biography of the commercial artist, Tom Curr.  She believes that he probably painted the watercolour of the poultry farm.

I am pretty sure she is right, since we know that Tom Curr did other work for Andrew Ewing, including the watercolour of the Buttercup head office and the 'girl and cow' painting.

Painting by Tom Curr  -  girl and brown cow  -  probably uses as the basis for tiles on Buttercup Dairy Co shops

They also knew each other through the Baptist Church."

Bill Scott, Alnwick, Northumberland, England:  February 11, 2011

 

Recollections

11.

Window Transfer

After seeing images of this Buttercup Dairies paper bag, now almost 80 years old, recently added to the EdinPhoto web site ...

Buttercup Dairies  -  Paper Bag with advert             Buttercup Dairies  -  Paper Bag with advert

... Bill Scott, author of "The Buttercup", a book about the history of the Buttercup Dairy Company, wrote:

Buttercup Artefacts

"Thanks for pictures of these Buttercup bags.  It's amazing what people keep and pleasing that the images are now available to the public.

Slowly but surely we are beginning to resurrect the memories and lost artefacts of the Buttercup."

Window Transfer

"I recently acquired a very old Buttercup window transfer, which measure two feet in diameter.  It is a copy of the Tom Curr painting and would have been displayed in every Buttercup shop window.

Transfer of Tom Curr's painting of the girl and brown cow for Buttercup Dairies

It is still in its original wrapping but is now too fragile to use for its original purpose."

Bill Scott, Alnwick, Northumberland, England: October 27, 2011

 

 Recollections

12.

Sketch in an Autograph Book

Thank you to Allan Dodds who wrote:

Tom Curr Sketch

"When I was about twelve years of age my parents took me to a ceilidh where I met Tom Curr, Ian Robertson and Tom Fleming.

Learning that I attended George Heriot's School, Tom Curr signed my autograph book with this lighting sketch of a rugby player wearing Heriot stripes. The sketch took him all of thirty seconds to produce."

   Sketch by Tom Curr of a Heriot's Rugby Player

Allan Dodds, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England:  July 16, 2014

 

Corstorphine Recollections
including Buttercup Dairy

Tom Curr, Artist
Painting for Buttercup
Dairy Co

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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