Currie in old picture postcards

Currie in old picture postcards

:   John Tweedie
:   Midlothian
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-2446-1
:   80
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59. Boiler House, early 1900. The basic raw material was esparto grass, which meant boiling in lye for several hours, washing and rewashing. At each stage it meant emptying and rilling with shovels. Here we see a shift on the loading floor on top of the boilers with the conveyor up on the right, In the early 1900's the boilers contained five tons of grass, and it took two tons of grass to make one ton of paper. When we also know that it took five tons of coal, it is easy to understand the upsurge in production that took place when the branch railway brought traffic to their doorstep in 1874-75. By 1880 monthly traffic to and from the mill was 2,124 tons, and the payroll increased from 273 to 389 in that period.

60. The Beater House. The u1timate refining of the 'stuff' was done in the beaters. There the beaterman decided by the feelof the fibre in his hand whether it was ready and suitable for the paper machine to produce the particular grade required. This was a very specialised job - it took years of training. This beater house supplied the finished fibre for three machines, two at 96" and one at 80" wide, for widely varying qualities and buIk.

61. Here are two of the papermaking machines with machine-men and dryer-men; the machine assistants wiJl be at the reel-up. This job meant close attention to speed, heat and pressures in this miJl, as their speciality was paper made with an extra dimension - it was made to the bulk required in relation to the weight. This paper was especially popular for novels, as it made them light to handle and easy to read. This speciality was invented in 1887, and there were few real competitors. Two of the men shown in the picture becarne foremen, and one ultimately manager.

62. First Turbine, 1921. Electric lighting had been installed in 1898, and in 1901 an e1ectric shunting engine was purchased; the best bargain ever - it worked untill965! Through the years great changes were made in e1ectric power, extra boilers, and in the actual papennaking process and equipment, but ultimate1y in 1966 the mill was c1osed. Now most peop1e have to trave1 to work.

63. This is a small section of overhaulers in the finishing house of Kinleith Mill. The photo was taken in 1926, and shows the lay-out for inspecting the paper sheet by sheet for any damage, weakness or variation in shade. On an average each overhauler would examine one ton of paper per day, and finishers (counters) would handle five times that amount, counting with fingers the fanned-up paper to the customer's particular ream-count. Printers, stationers, etc. all had sheetage to suit their particular requirements.

64. At election time the mill gate was an ideal place to contact workers - day workers coming back from lunch, and shift-workers changing shifts. Many interesting meetings were held, and questions and answers readily dealt with in good humour.

65. Kinleith Thistle, 1902. In the paper mill there was a great interest in sporting events, and there is a programme available ofColinton and Currie Gymnastic Sports held in Kinleith Football Field in 1877. We have no photo of that event, but here is Kinleith Thistle Football Club as it was in 1902.

66. Colinton & Currie Pipe Band. Kinleith Mill supplied many members of this band, which was founded in 1887. Here it is photographed in 1910, when the bandsmen acquired a standard uniform. The band has been a great asset to the community, playing at Parades, Flower Shows and Galas. They also played at mill trips which were held prior to 1937, when one week's summer holiday became compulsory in the trade.

67. Above the mill to the south is Blinkbonny, with its dairy farm and some houses for mill workers. This Sunday afternoon scene gives a good example of the dress and demeanour of children in those days. In later years more houses were built for mill and quarry werkers, but the above picture area has changed little, The tallest girl in the foreground - now ninety-two - is still going for her own messages!

68. Kinleith Cricket Club had its pitch and pavillon at BIinkbonny, and it made a very pleasant afternoon's outing to walk over and see the game. Looking from the pavillon, the pitch and players made an attractive picture against the background of Braeburn House on the higher level, Braeburn House is now the Glenburn Hotel. The team shows a good cross-section of the community: civil servant, joiner, engineer, doctor, builder, insurance clerk, and partner in the paper mill. Also in the team is a famous sharp-shooter who won the King's Prize at Bisley.

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