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Alexander Wilson

Alexander Wilson was a supervisor at a jute mill in Dundee for over 20 years, who found the time to take photographs which illustrate many aspects of life in Dundee and its surroundings around the turn of the 20th century.  

 

He took the photo of Baldovan Village in Section 2 of the Heritage Trail booklet - just one of a series taken during that visit.  The group of characters, two ladies and three children, appeared in other photos, so he was an early adopter of the technique used in modern tourism brochures of taking a group of models around with him to liven up some of the views.

 

He bequeathed much of his collection of photos, and £50 to cover the costs of looking after them, to the Free Library Committee of Dundee in 1923.

 

This information is taken from Dundee City Council's Photopolis website, where this collection of images can be viewed at a larger scale.  Just click on the link below to see the first of the Baldovan images, then click through with the "Next" button to see the rest.  Many more images of old Dundee can be viewed on the website.

 

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