New book captures rare glimpses of life in Edinburgh in years gone by but how many of these locations do you recognise?
EDINBURGH trams are seldom out of the news these days, the new Edinburgh trams, that is. However, Old Edinburgh Trams by Kenneth G Williamson, published this month,trundles back into the Capital's past capturing the city's original electric trams.
It was Leith Corporation Tramways that ran the first electric service on 18 August 1905, Edinburgh followed in 1922, and while these periods are touched upon in the book, the majority of images featured are from the 1950s - the last 'old' Edinburgh tram ran in 1956. While the trams themselves are interesting, perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the images black and white photographs that have been together is the unique snapshot they give of a city yet to be transformed by the redevelopment that lay ahead in the 1960s, 1970s and beyond. These shots give a unique glimpse of life in an Edinburgh long gone. Published by Amberley, £14.99