Campbell opened two studios in Edinburgh in 1916 - one at 32 Princes
Street and the other at 39 South Bridge. He had several changes of
address over the next five years, then moved to a single studio at 100
Princes Street from 1922 until 1925.
& Leith Post Office Directory for 1916 lists Colin Campbell as a
photographer based at 39 North Bridge. But I have one of his
cartes de visite bearing the address 39 South Bridge. I have
assumed that the address on the carte de visite is correct and that the
address in the directory is incorrect.
address, 39 South Bridge
was used by a succession of photographers over the period of about 60
years, beginning 1858.
32, 71, 100 Princes Street
The Princes Street addresses of Colin
Campbell's studios between 1916 and 1925, as listed in the Post Office
Directories, are Nos. 32, 71 and 100 Princes Street.
31 Princes Street
However Sandy from Musselburgh, East
Lothian has now shown me a postcard
portrait of a WW1 soldier with a blind stamp in the corner giving the
Campbell, 31 Princes Street, Edinburgh'.
Perhaps he did not stay at this address
His studio addresses changed fairly
frequently. It seems that the Post Office Directory, which was
published annually, was not able to keep up with all his moves. When
might he have been based at 31 Princes Street?
Thank you to Evelyn Hunt for also sending
me, on 16 February 2012, a copy of a postcard portrait by Colin Campbell, giving the 31
Princes Street address. Evelyn tells me that the date written on the
back of this photo is 'Abt. 1919'.
Thank you to Keith Browning for sending
me this copy of a postcard portrait by Colin Campbell. This also
gives the 31
Princes Street address. Keith tells me that the portrait is of his
grandfather, Arthur James Browning. Keith believes the photo
would have been taken around 1917.
"I have no record of him ever
being in Edinburgh, with the army or at any other time, which is a little
Keith Browning, Portugal: May 20, 2012
Thank you to Jenny Scott for also writing
with information about Colin Campbell's studio at 31 Princes Street.
"I have a photograph of my
grandfather taken by photographer Colin Campbell who gives his address as
31 Princes Street. The photo is on my
I would be interested to know if
you have any more precise information about the 31 Princes Street address
[Unfortunately, I have no more info about that
address. - Peter Stubbs, Jan
My grandfather's service record
- Sep 1917: detached
to England, on leave
- Aug 1918: detached
to UK on leave
- Mar 1919: posted to
UK, on duty.
Jenny Scott, January 12, 2013
I'm continuing to receive more messages about
photos from Colin Campbell's studio at 31 Princes Street. I've now
started to add these messages to my
list of studio addresses on the EdinPhoto web site.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: 26 December