Family snapshots found on e-Bay

Ena, aged two years and 10 months, a six-month-old Alice in the garden with their father.
Ena, aged two years and 10 months, a six-month-old Alice in the garden with their father.

AN AVID postcard collector has contacted the Dispatch and Herald in an attempt to solve a riddle of a photograph album he purchased on e-Bay.

Forfar man Keith Scott has a genuine interest in postcards and photographs depicting the history of the town, and so was interested in a small photograph album he discovered on e-Bay.

The small, blue Kodak album, 5” x 4” in size, features a number of historic photographs of the Forfar and Kirriemuir area, including two photographs of the construction of the Balmashanner War Memorial.

The first shows the construction of the base of the memorial, and the second was taken in July 1921 - two months before it was opened.

The camera-man, or woman, of the day obviously got out and about as there are also photographs of the foot-bridge opposite Inchdowrie, Clova (with a note saying it was blown down in a gale), and of a pinetree on Shielhill Road, Kirriemuir.

Another photograph shows ‘The Lone Pine’, Balmashanner.

However, it is the intimate snapshots of family life which prompted Keith to get in touch.

He said: “I collect postcards and bought the album on e-Bay from an antique dealer in Kinross.

“There are a lot of personal family photographs which must have meant something to someone. Hopefully someone will recognise the names and I would be happy for them to get in touch so I can return the family photographs to them.”

The album features photographs of a gentleman in a suit and bonnet standing in a garden holding his daughter “Ena” who is aged 11 months.

Other pictures show Ena at 20 months in a garden of what looks like a country house, and then ones of Ena aged two years, 10 months with six month old Alice.

Alice is pictured in what could be the Reid Park and then there are family snapshots taken at the seaside.

There’s another shot of ‘hersel’ working at what looks like a sewing machine and another portrait of a woman entitled “young days”.

If you recognise any of the photographs and think the album may feature family members, please get in touch with us at 117-119 Castle Street, Forfar, telephone (01307) 464899 or email us at