- Object Name: photograph
- Accession Number: 1994.1134
- Description: brown wood frame, glazed, holding sepia photograph white mount; depicts Dunbar Cromwell Harbour, looking SW; No. 12110 and GWW in white near bottom edge
Dunbar's Cromwell Harbour is of great antiquity, but frequently its maintenance was more than the burgh could bear itself. It was eventually superseded by the larger Victoria Harbour and became a quiet backwater. To landward the harbour was bordered with maltings, stores and small industrial sites, the town itself running along the high ridge in the background.
This is a sepia view photograph showing the basin of a harbour from the pier-end. A few large fishing boats sit on the bottom, and a series of buildings rises behind to a background ridge. Titled DUNBAR FROM THE HARBOUR 12110 GWW.
The Aberdeen based firm of George Washington Wilson was the first to realise the potential of view photographs as inexpensive souvenirs. The firm's photographers eventually produced hundreds of thousands of images, which were sold in a variety of formats from single prints to picture books and eventually picture postcards.
- For more information contact: East Lothian Council Museums Service