Jenners toy department closes: 18 pictures looking back at an Edinburgh institution

The beloved toy department at Jenners department store in Edinburgh has closed.

Wednesday, 6th March 2019, 2:59 pm
Updated Wednesday, 6th March 2019, 3:02 pm

Customers visiting the Hamleys branch in the basement of the Princes Street store this week were greeted with a closure sign which said: “The basement is now closed.” We raided our picture archives to take a nostalgic look back at the toy department which was a favourite of Capital kids for generations.

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Kate and Bill try out a bicycle and a jeep in the toy department, November 1979.

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Kerry Dick from East Craigs meets Maisie the Morningside cat. Picture
Bill with an Action Man jeep and rocket launcher in the toy department of Jenners' department store in Edinburgh, November 1979.
Jenners store on Princes Street in Edinburgh
Elf Elanor and Santa pack up the toys so the can be delivered on Christmas Eve.
Professor Ericko brought his the Punch and Judy show to the toy department of Jenners, the Edinburgh department store, in February 1992.
Queue outside Jenners as locals wait for a chance to get a Thunderbirds Rescue Pack for Christmas 1992.
Katherine Garlick meets Mr Punch in February 1992.
Elliot Blythe (son of Scotsman writer Stuart Blythe) playing with a remote-controlled Omnibot robot in Jenners department store in Edinburgh, November 1986.
Gordon Semple (3) meets the 5.5 feet toy horse costing 700 in October 1983.
Three year old girl dressed as a fairy.
Jenners department store in 1962
Children with Santa Claus in the toy department of Jenners' store, Edinburgh in December 1977.
Children play on the model of the Golden Arrow engine in Jenners, Edinburgh, November 1965
Kate among the cuddly toys in the toy department of Jenners' department store in Edinburgh, November 1979.
Santa Claus at Jenners.
Little boy with a cowboy hat and a toy rifle on a rocking horse - the toy department of Jenners' store, Edinburgh in December 1977.
Jenners Visual Merchandisers Michelle Omnet and Ruth Kennedy put the final touches to the window display for the Toy Town department at Jenners.