Shetland in old picture postcards

Shetland in old picture postcards

:   John Linklater
:   Shetland Islands
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-6025-4
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The Shetland Islands are the most northerly county in the British Isles, and consists of a hundred islands of which twenty are inhabited. Lerwick is the chief town and has one of the best natural harbours in the world.

These islands are associated with all the glamour of the far north and cast a spell on all who visit them. They are aften grouped with the Orkney Islands, of which they share a parlimentary representative, but they are separated by sixty miles of ocean.

Shetland is further north than Cape Farewell in Greenland and lies almost opposite Bergen in Norway, from which they are two hundred miles distant, which is the same distanee as from Aberdeen, from which there is a daily steamer.

You can also fly to Shetland, as several planes land at Sumburgh airport every day.

There is no night in Shetland during three months of the summer, and it is possible to read a baak at midnight at any time during these months.

For the artist this is the place, with its beautiful colours of sea and sky; and its bird life is superb as is its venue for anglers, bath for sea and trout fishing.

You will find Shetlanders in all the British colonies, particularly New Zealand; and na doubt you will find some who have trav-

elled to the four corners of the world and visited more countries than there are parisbes in bis native land.

1 This is a map of the Shetland Isles. From Sumburgh Head in the south to Burrafirth, Unst, in the north is the extent of the Shetland Isles and it is the most northerly county in the British Islands. These islands onee belonged to Scandinavia before Prineess Margaret of Denmark gat drowned as she erossed the North Sea to get married to King [ames UI of Scotland.

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2 South End, Lerwick. If you walk south from Commercial Street, passing the Queens Hotel with the harbom on your left, you will come to the South End, wh ere if the wind comes from the east, waves can build up in

the corner and fall onto the road making it almost impassable. Beyond the South End are the widows' homes, the maternity hospital, the Anderson Institute and residenrial houses; and if you go further you will come to the Knab and see the cemetery on yam right.

3 Lodberrie, Lerwick. The next beach after leaving the Queens Hotel is where smugglers used to land contraband, which they unloaded into houses on the sea front. Nowadays local artists have been seen painting here.

4 Commercial Street showing Letwiek's busy rnain street with two Duteh boys in clogs in the foreground who came to Lerwick for the busy herring fishing of farmer days. Note that the purehases are all neatly wrapped by the shops. and that the street is paved in flag stones.

5 Bank Lane, Lerwick. On the lefi-hand side of this street [ohn Linklater had his tailor business and the Union Bank was on the other side.

6 This photograph shows the Town Hall of Lerwick, The picture was taken at midnight, where in the summer months there is no darkness.

Town Hall. Lerwick (Mrd nigbt)

7 Letwiek seen from the Town Hall. You ean get up to the top of the Town Hall by entering and someone will take you up, where you ean get a magnifieent view of Lerwick spreading out below you.

8 R.M.S. St. Sunniva. This is the secend St. Sunniva, which repeats the clipper shape of her predecessor, as she arrives at Victoria Pier, where Lerwick people used to flock down to greet the passengers and crew, especially on a saturday. One old lady was heard to say to her son: '1 wish they

would hurry up and get this ",

ship in, so that folks can get

horne to their beds.'

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