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The photograph was taken in 1955 from St George's Church, Charlotte Square, now West Register House.
In 1839 the invention of photography was announced to the world. David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson were among the pioneering Scots who began to experiment with this scientific breakthrough.
John Kay's depiction of Edinburgh's chimney sweeps from c1801.

Our Town Stories – Edinburgh

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