Aberdeen in old picture postcards volume 2

Aberdeen in old picture postcards volume 2

Author
:   John Clark
Municipality
:  
Province
:   Aberdeen
Country
:   United Kingdom
ISBN13
:   978-90-288-6646-1
Pages
:   144
Price
:   EUR 16.95 Including VAT *

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3 9 Spectators at beach

The spectators may be watching the Piorotts ra be seen in volume 1.

THE BEACH AND BATHING STATION, ABERDEEN.

40 Victorian costume at beach The card says that these are Piel Islanders on holiday in Aberdeen. It shows a collection ofhats, bonnets, caps and a bowler, all making sure that these holidaymakers do not get toa much sun.

41 The Prom

Pony rides, swings, a roundabout and a boating pond all appear on this card, posted in 1915. People enjoyed themselves in a low technology way in those days.

42 Sandcastles

On Childrens' Day, 5 ]uly

1 9 11 there was a heat wave reaching 8 loF in the shade. 20,000 attended the sandcastle building competition near the bathing station. Such was the heat that a lot of fish at the market was only fit for manure.

CHILDREN'S DAV

43 Funfair

A 1930's card shows the funfair on the beach. Built by the American Iohn Henry Hes, it burnt down on 5 December 1940.

44 Picnic 'PicnicAberdeen 1909' is written on the card. Unfortunately we cannot identify this charming family group.

45 Bishop Grant

Bishop Grant was briefly Roman Catholic Bishop of Aberdeen in 1889, based at St. Mary of the Assumption, Huntly Street. The building dates from 1860 wh en there were about 100 Catholics in a city of 74,000 residents.Alexander Ellis designed it when there were only two other Catholic churches in Aberdeen, including Woodside Church (ta be seen in val. 1). Aspire by R.G. Wilson was addedin 1876-1877 and the parish church became a cathedral in 1878. The cathedral was extensively modernized in 1960 and the altar is now a massive piece of Aberdeen

granite. It is said that Catholicism in Aberdeen is unique in Scotland in that its presence was continuous and unbroken. Evidence for this includes a secret chapel in Provost Skene's House.

46 Municipal Building

H.V Marton claimed that in one of these granite buildings there was a secret Aberdeen Joke Office, which produced an endless stream of tales. He suggested that all the staries about Aberdonian attitude towards money were a careful propaganda ploy to keep the city's name befare the world. In reality the Municipal and County Building dates from the 1870s and housed various local government offices.

V.l1 ABEROEE:N: MUNICIPAL B√úILDINGS.

47 Gordon statue

Charles George Gordon (1833-1885) was barn down in Woolwich and earned a reputation for military competence in China in 1864. Gordon was a man of strang beliefs and worked in Egypt and the Sudan in opposing slavery in the 1870's. He gave his spare time in Britain to what we would now call social work. In 1884 he was given confusing instructions but was told to return to Sudan, wh ere he would encounter the Mahdi Mohammed Ahmed. Gordon became trapped in Khartoum for nearly a year and when the rebel forces became aware of a relieving army, the rebels attacked the city and Gordon lost his life.

GORDON STATUE. ABERDEEN.

48 Dr. Rannie

Dr. Robert Rannie died on 15 August 1931 shortly after retiring. He was an Aberdeen University graduate and served as Medical Officer for Drumaak and surrounding dis tri cts before becoming School's Medical Officer for the Means. We suggest that it is time we revived this type of card to remember people who have served the public.

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