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The Forth Rail Bridge was constructed between 1883 and 1890. Construction began only a few years after the Tay Rail Bridge disaster and in order to allay the fears of the public, the structure of this cantilever bridge was designed to be both visually impressive and enormously strong.
As the skeleton of the new Forth crossing bridge springs up from the waters of the firth this exhibition looks back at the construction of the bridge it is being built to replace.
This homemade doll fashioned from a man's black shoe, dates from around 1905. The heel forms the face and head, framed by a mob cap trimmed with lace.

Our Town Stories – Edinburgh

Explore Edinburgh’s history through images and maps from the collections of Edinburgh Libraries. Discover the city’s past by reading the stories of its people, places and city life.