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WJ McLelland & Sons

and

Robert McLelland

Portobello

WJ McLelland & Son had a studio at  20a Promenade, Portobello from 1928 to 1934.  Here is an envelope that was sent from their studio in 1928:

Envelope from the studio of WJ McLeland & Sons, posted 1928 ©

The studio passed into the name of Robert McLelland from 1934 to 1949.  Robert was presumably the son of WJ McLelland.

Fancy Goods

Robert’ McLelland’s business was listed in the trade directory as

Fancy Goods and Photography

Robert’ McLelland also had a studio at Broxburn.

 

Comment 1

Margaret Munro

Here is a photo by Robert McLelland, 20a Promenade, Portobello. 

Margaret Munro writes:

Backdrop

"I think this photo would have been taken between 1934-49. I am really interested to know what the backdrop is supposed to be."

Photo

1.

Photograph by Robert McLelland.  What is the backdrop supposed to be? ©

Please click on the thumbnail image below to enlarge it and read more.

 

 

Comment 2

Jeff Nisbet

Thank you to Jeff Nisbet, USA for sending me this postcard portrait from McLelland's studio in Portobello.

Jeff wrote:

Photo

2.

     Photo from the Portobello studio of Robert McLelland - Postcard portrait with a stuffed donkey, around 1935 ©

"My Aunt Patsy in Kansas City has just sent me this photo of my mother, aged about 6 or 7, that was taken in the Portobello studio of Robert McLelland.

My mother was born in 1928, so that would date the photo to about 1934 or 1935.

It shows another of McLelland's backdrops, and the most bizarre pony prop I've ever seen. My aunt tells me that my mother had earlier decided to give herself a haircut, and it certainly shows."

Jeff Nisbet, USA:  May 17, 2014

 

 

Comment 3

Alison McNay-Cooney
Netherlands

Thank you to Alison McNay-Cooney for sending me some photos from her aunt's photograph album.

 

Alison wrote:

Photos 1, 2,3, 4

"I don't know who the family members are in Photos 1, 2, 3 and 4, but the toy car and the donkey are the same as those in the comments above."

Photo from the Portobello studio of Robert McLelland - Postcard portrait with a stuffed donkey, around 1935 ©      Photograph by Robert McLelland.  What is the backdrop supposed to be? ©

Yes, the donkey in photo 1 below looks like the same donkey as above, but the toy car and donkey in photos 2 and 3 are different, though the toy car may date from the same period.   

Peter Stubbs:  9 September 2018

 

Photo 1

Mother and Daughter and a Stuffed Donkey
 

A postcard with Robert McLelland's name
and 20a Promenade Portobello address on the back.

Photo taken in Robert McLellan's studio  -  Mother and Daughter and Stuffed Donkey

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Alison McNay Cooney

Photo 2

Boy in a Toy Car

A postcard with no photographer's name and address on the back.

Photo taken in Robert McLellan's studio  -  Mother and Daughter and Stuffed Donkey

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Alison McNay Cooney, Netherlands

Photo 3

Girl on a Stuffed Donkey

A postcard with no photographer's name and address on the back.

Photo from the studio of Robert McLelland  -  Girl on a Stuffed Donkey

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Alison McNay Cooney

Photo 4

Family Group, possibly with Grandfather

A postcard with no photographer's name and address on the back.

Photo from the studio of Robert McLelland  -  Family Group, possiblyy with Grandfather.

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Alison McNay Cooney

Alison Cooney:  5 September 2018

 

 

Comment 4

Stuart Lyon

Blackford, Edinburgh

Thank you to Stuart Lyon for sending me another postcard portrait from Robert McLelland's studio in Portobello.

Stuart wrote:

Photo

5.

Grandfather and Uncle with the Stuffed Donkey

     Photo from the studio of Robert McLelland  -  Grandfather and Uncle on  a Stuffed Donkey
©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Stuart Lyon, Blackford, Edinburgh

"I, too, have a photo from Robert McLelland's studio.  It is of my maternal grand mother with one of my uncles on a donkey that bears a striking resemblance with the donkey in photo 3."

Stuart Lyon, Blackford, Edinburgh:  10 September 2018

 

The Stuffed Donkey

I agree:  that looks like the same donkey  -  and it doesn't appear to have moved between photos 3 and 5!   

Peter Stubbs:  10 September 2018

 

 

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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