This old sign was donated to my archive on 20 May 2013. This Used to be on the wall of building in South Union Street Cupar next door to the Regal Cinema. The building was wooden construction & when being demolished sign was removed. Researching information on Mr James Anderson Welch he was a auctioneer in Bonnygate from 1860 – 1904. In his youth he went to sea he had even been shipwrecked 3 times. His father Andrew Welch auctioneer died in 1860 & James succeeded to his business by 1866 had removed to 132 Bonnygate which was his place of business until his death April 29 1904. After James death the business was continued by Charles Welch until his death in 1939 then by his son James Welch.
This Magic Lantern was donated to my Archive today (28th April 2013 ) this had been in the man’s family for many years after many years of being lighted by candle it was later adapted to electric. I will give it a clean & remove rust & see if can get it going again along with using in my exhibitions.
The four Burton’s Clay pipes are in fantastic condition in various styles two of which have heads.
This old framed door sign was found in Edmond glaziers storeroom when clearing out after it closed donated to Steve Penrice archive by last owner Mr Smith. The frame & glass was in a bad way paint on frame & glass was peeling due to it’s age. I had the frame paint matched stripped back to the wood to restore & repainted to same colour.
On the far left corner you can see a gas lamp donated to Steve Penrice Archive by Mr Johnston he salvaged it from Eddie Gilchrist Cobblers at Balmerino Place prior to demolition this was on the wall in back room & would have been on wall when the Central Cinema was in the premises.
I was invited along to Balmullo Rural on Thursday 4th April 2013 to do a talk on Old Cupar. Such a great night & a fantastic new hall. I had a great large wall to beam the images onto. Afterwords i was treated to a great feed. I had my scanner on hand for the photographs that were brought along scanned & given back on the spot. Thankyou to everyone at Balmullo Rural for inviting me a long.