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Edinburgh in the 1920s

Pictures of daily and working life in 1920s Edinburgh.
1920s Britain was a period of transformation as the country emerged from the long and costly war years.
Major industries such as the railways, shipping and coal were returned to private hands. In 1922, an Irish Free State was created.
Sunday remained a day of rest, (no trains, shops and theatres, or pubs in Scotland and Wales) but the church’s influence and membership declined.
The General Strike of 1926 exposed a deep class divide. For some – school teachers, skilled and white-collar workers – the twenties brought better times, but for others – rural and industrial communities – it was a time of disillusion and hardship.
The 1920 Edinburgh Boundaries Extension & Tramways Act expanded the city from 17 to 53 square miles, increasing its population from 320,000 to 425,000. It brought together the communities of residential Edinburgh, industrial Leith and rural Midlothian under one administration.

Moray House School Pupils In Fancy Dress c.1925
Moray House School Pupils In Fancy Dress c.1925
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Primary School Class Portrait 1920s
Primary School Class Portrait 1920s
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MacVitties, Guest & Company Shop On Comiston Road 1920s
MacVitties, Guest & Company Shop On Comiston Road 1920s
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Miners' Wives Outing 1920s
Miners' Wives Outing 1920s
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Boys Brigade Camp, early 1920s
Boys Brigade Camp, early 1920s
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Staff Of The Bangor Road Co-op Standing Outside The Store, late 1920s
Staff Of The Bangor Road Co-op Standing Outside The Store, late 1920s
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Asa Wass, Rag And Bone Merchants 1920s
Asa Wass, Rag And Bone Merchants 1920s
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Group Of Men On Charabanc Outing 1920s
Group Of Men On Charabanc Outing 1920s
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Holyrood Scout Troop 1920s
Holyrood Scout Troop 1920s
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Man On Motorbike, early 1920s
Man On Motorbike, early 1920s
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Alex Mather & Son, View In South Garage, Orwell Terrace 1920s
Alex Mather & Son, View In South Garage, Orwell Terrace 1920s
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Young Girl Visiting The Grave Of Her Sister At Rosebank Cemetery 1920s
Young Girl Visiting The Grave Of Her Sister At Rosebank Cemetery 1920s
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Flora Stevenson School Class Portrait 1920s
Flora Stevenson School Class Portrait 1920s
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Studio Portrait Midwife Nurse 1920s
Studio Portrait Midwife Nurse 1920s
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Studio Portrait Brother And Sister 1920s
Studio Portrait Brother And Sister 1920s
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Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society Preserves Factory Staff, early 1920s
Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society Preserves Factory Staff, early 1920s
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Horse Drawn Cart At Fort Place 1920s
Horse Drawn Cart At Fort Place 1920s
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Man And Driver With Horse Drawn Oil Cart 1920s
Man And Driver With Horse Drawn Oil Cart 1920s
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St Anthony's School Class Portrait 1920s
St Anthony's School Class Portrait 1920s
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Newhaven Fishermen Mending Nets 1920s
Newhaven Fishermen Mending Nets 1920s
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Veitch, Moir & Erskine, Wholesale Fruit Merchants 1920s
Veitch, Moir & Erskine, Wholesale Fruit Merchants 1920s
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Newhaven Fishwives Choir 1920s
Newhaven Fishwives Choir 1920s
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Young Couple With Friends At Newcraighall Park 1920s
Young Couple With Friends At Newcraighall Park 1920s
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Three Men And A Lady Standing In East Princes Street Gardens 1920s
Three Men And A Lady Standing In East Princes Street Gardens 1920s
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Couple Standing In East Princes Street Gardens 1920s
Couple Standing In East Princes Street Gardens 1920s
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Group Of Children In Tenement Close 1920s
Group Of Children In Tenement Close 1920s
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Interior Of WD McGregor, Provision Merchant, On Strathearn Road 1920s
Interior Of WD McGregor, Provision Merchant, On Strathearn Road 1920s
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Newhaven Harbour and lighthouse
Newhaven Harbour and lighthouse
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Beside Newhaven seawall
Beside Newhaven seawall
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An Aunt With Her Niece At Wilkie Place 1922
An Aunt With Her Niece At Wilkie Place 1922
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Three Young Boys Standing In A Row At Elgin Terrace c.1926
Three Young Boys Standing In A Row At Elgin Terrace c.1926
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Bookbinders 1920
Bookbinders 1920
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Children In The Park c.1923
Children In The Park c.1923
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Portobello Scout Group c.1920
Portobello Scout Group c.1920
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Members Of Swimming Club At Portobello Beach 1922
Members Of Swimming Club At Portobello Beach 1922
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Kingsknowe Dairy On McNeil Street 1924
Kingsknowe Dairy On McNeil Street 1924
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Studio Portrait Newhaven Fishwife Gala Costumes 1927
Studio Portrait Newhaven Fishwife Gala Costumes 1927
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North Canongate School Class Portrait c.1923
North Canongate School Class Portrait c.1923
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Dr Bell's School Class Portrait 1923
Dr Bell's School Class Portrait 1923
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Studio Portrait Two Young Women c.1927
Studio Portrait Two Young Women c.1927
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Father With Daughters 1924
Father With Daughters 1924
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School Portrait Castle Hill School 1929
School Portrait Castle Hill School 1929
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Farm Workers And Horse-Drawn Cart At Dalmeny Farm 1920
Farm Workers And Horse-Drawn Cart At Dalmeny Farm 1920
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Bonnington Road School Class Portrait c.1923
Bonnington Road School Class Portrait c.1923
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Young Brother And Sister Standing Outside House At 10 East Side, Prestonpans 1926
Young Brother And Sister Standing Outside House At 10 East Side, Prestonpans 1926
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Children Leaning Against Wall Of Dobson & Molle 1925
Children Leaning Against Wall Of Dobson & Molle 1925
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Sunday School Picnic 1925
Sunday School Picnic 1925
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Two Girls, Man, And Dog, In The Back Green 1924
Two Girls, Man, And Dog, In The Back Green 1924
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Children Of Albion Place And Albion Road 1926
Children Of Albion Place And Albion Road 1926
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Children Of Albion Place And Albion Road 1925
Children Of Albion Place And Albion Road 1925
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Young Family In Back Green At Lochend c.1924
Young Family In Back Green At Lochend c.1924
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Studio Portrait Mother And Son 1921
Studio Portrait Mother And Son 1921
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Young Boy Standing Barefoot At 10 East Side, Prestonpans c.1924
Young Boy Standing Barefoot At 10 East Side, Prestonpans c.1924
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Man Out For A Stroll In Leith Links c.1920
Man Out For A Stroll In Leith Links c.1920
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Damshead At Redhall Mills, 1900s/1920s
Damshead At Redhall Mills, 1900s/1920s
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Father With His Baby Son In Back Garden Of 21 West Lorimer Place, Cockenzie 1927
Father With His Baby Son In Back Garden Of 21 West Lorimer Place, Cockenzie 1927
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Young Girl With Toy Doll In Back Green At 87 Grove Street 1923
Young Girl With Toy Doll In Back Green At 87 Grove Street 1923
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Castle Mills Football Club 1928-29
Castle Mills Football Club 1928-29
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William Millar Funeral Undertaker Receipt 1929
William Millar Funeral Undertaker Receipt 1929
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Father With Sons Sitting On Chaise Longue In Billiard Hall c.1923
Father With Sons Sitting On Chaise Longue In Billiard Hall c.1923
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Two Friends Sitting On Wall At Cramond, August 1925
Two Friends Sitting On Wall At Cramond, August 1925
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Studio Portrait Young Girl With Doll And Pram 1928
Studio Portrait Young Girl With Doll And Pram 1928
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Ice Cream Seller c.1925
Ice Cream Seller c.1925
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Studio Portrait Young Girl Sitting On Goat c.1924
Studio Portrait Young Girl Sitting On Goat c.1924
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Children On Tenement Balcony At Sunbury Place c.1925
Children On Tenement Balcony At Sunbury Place c.1925
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Children Standing By High Wall Along Water Of Leith 1929
Children Standing By High Wall Along Water Of Leith 1929
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Braidburn Valley Looking Toward Comiston Farm, Pentlands In Background c.1920
Braidburn Valley Looking Toward Comiston Farm, Pentlands In Background c.1920
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Mother And Baby Daughter Out For Walk At Dalmeny Street Park 1926
Mother And Baby Daughter Out For Walk At Dalmeny Street Park 1926
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Parents Of The Groom And Bride On Wedding Day 1925
Parents Of The Groom And Bride On Wedding Day 1925
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G Dickson's Dancing Academy Pupils Easter Ball, April 1921
G Dickson's Dancing Academy Pupils Easter Ball, April 1921
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Workers At Wilson's Niddrie Mill c.1924
Workers At Wilson's Niddrie Mill c.1924
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Fishing Boat "Twin Brothers" In Newhaven Harbour 1925
Fishing Boat "Twin Brothers" In Newhaven Harbour 1925
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Alex Mather & Son, View Of Private Garages, Orwell Terrace 1920s
Alex Mather & Son, View Of Private Garages, Orwell Terrace 1920s
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Whist Drive And Dance Invitation 19 Jan 1924
Whist Drive And Dance Invitation 19 Jan 1924
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Mother With Daughters Sitting In The Park 1920
Mother With Daughters Sitting In The Park 1920
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Two Toddlers Standing On Bench At Leith Links 1925
Two Toddlers Standing On Bench At Leith Links 1925
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Portsburgh Football Club Team 1924
Portsburgh Football Club Team 1924
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Evening News Trophy Prize-Winning Horse, June 1925
Evening News Trophy Prize-Winning Horse, June 1925
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Meyer Family Shop And Bar On Iona Street c.1923
Meyer Family Shop And Bar On Iona Street c.1923
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Group Of Workers At Cran & Somerville Shipbuilders 1924
Group Of Workers At Cran & Somerville Shipbuilders 1924
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Royal Navy Volunteer Reserves, HMS Claverhouse 1924
Royal Navy Volunteer Reserves, HMS Claverhouse 1924
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Workers At Cran & Somerville Shipbuilders 1924
Workers At Cran & Somerville Shipbuilders 1924
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Studio Portrait Family In Rowing Boat c.1926
Studio Portrait Family In Rowing Boat c.1926
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Workers At BOCM (British Oil and Cake Mills) c.1920
Workers At BOCM (British Oil and Cake Mills) c.1920
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Salvation Army Marriage 1925
Salvation Army Marriage 1925
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Two Young Sisters Outside St Clair Works 1925
Two Young Sisters Outside St Clair Works 1925
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Group Of Ladies In Hats 1925
Group Of Ladies In Hats 1925
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Leith Rovers Football Club Team c.1920
Leith Rovers Football Club Team c.1920
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Studio Portrait Member Of The Leith Amateur Opera Company In Gypsy Costume 1925
Studio Portrait Member Of The Leith Amateur Opera Company In Gypsy Costume 1925
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Students On Graduation Day 1923
Students On Graduation Day 1923
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Two Students On Graduation Day c.1923
Two Students On Graduation Day c.1923
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Edinburgh Infirmary Pageant First Prize, 21 May 1921
Edinburgh Infirmary Pageant First Prize, 21 May 1921
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Leith Brake Club Float At Edinburgh Infirmary Pageant 1921
Leith Brake Club Float At Edinburgh Infirmary Pageant 1921
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Servant Stands In Doorway Of Inch Park Cottage c.1920
Servant Stands In Doorway Of Inch Park Cottage c.1920
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1st Baronet Of Liberton And Craigmillar c.1920
1st Baronet Of Liberton And Craigmillar c.1920
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Group Portrait Staff Of Inch House In The Estate Grounds c.1920
Group Portrait Staff Of Inch House In The Estate Grounds c.1920
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Women And Children At Portobello Beach 1927
Women And Children At Portobello Beach 1927
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SMT (Scottish Motor Traction) Bus Depot Staff, February 1928
SMT (Scottish Motor Traction) Bus Depot Staff, February 1928
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Studio Portrait Young Girl In Dancing Pose c.1927
Studio Portrait Young Girl In Dancing Pose c.1927
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Shopkeeper Standing In Doorway Of His Newsagent Shop At Jock's Lodge c.1920
Shopkeeper Standing In Doorway Of His Newsagent Shop At Jock's Lodge c.1920
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