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Not a horror at all

Not a horror at all

This might seem like a location for a horror movie, but I was walking along Berryden Road in Aberdeen and going at a fair clip because it looked as if storm clouds were gathering and I had taken no coat. I glanced across the road and saw demolition work progressing on the old part of the Royal […]

Memories of Dufftown: 1978

Memories of Dufftown: 1978

This month’s old photograph of North-east Scotland comes from Dufftown. The note on the slide tells me that it was taken in June, 1978. It shows the town from the west, looking east, down the slope of Conval Street towards the town centre. This was the view that greeted drivers arriving from Glenlivet and Tomintoul. The changes […]

Union Terrace in 1960

Union Terrace in 1960

This month’s old photograph shows Union Terrace, Aberdeen, in about 1960, I think, judging from the fashions, the signage and, most of all, the cars. You can just about make out at this resolution that the road surface is still cobblestones (cassies or granite setts in Aberdeen parlance). The awning of the Caledonian Hotel hands […]

Aberdeen Airport : 1979

Aberdeen Airport : 1979

This month’s archive photo proves how much Aberdeen has been transformed from a middle-ranking commercial city to an international business destination. This is Aberdeen Airport in November, 1979. The oil boom was very much under way, and the airport had been expanded well beyond the array of Portakabins on the Dyce side of the airfield in […]

Lumphanan in the 1950s

Lumphanan in the 1950s

It is difficult to date this picture of Lumphanan. My thoughts tend to the 1950s because, although it is difficult for you to see at the resolution which is possible on a web page, there is a train of goods wagons stopped at Lumphanan Station in the bottom right of the picture. That dates the […]

Times gone by at New Deer

Times gone by at New Deer

Our first old photo of 2015 comes from New Deer. The notes on the frame of the slide tell me that I took it on October 27, 1979, and a gey caul day it looks. It has been taken looking west at a point where Fordyce Terrace becomes Church Crescent, that little loop that works round […]

Memories of Aberdeen, 1965

Memories of Aberdeen, 1965

My latest trawl through the shoeboxes in my loft has produced this 1965 shot of Bridge Street, Aberdeen, taken from its junction with Guild Street and looking north towards Union Street. I have no idea who took it. I don’t recall anyone in my family in the 1960s being so interested in photography that they would take a […]

Times gone by at Ballater

Times gone by at Ballater

Today’s old picture shows Ballater around 1900, give or take a few years. The photographer is standing at the lower end of Bridge Street, looking north-west towards the centre of the village. The original was a popular postcard in late Victorian and early Edwardian times and is said to have made its manufacturers more than half […]

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