Interwar era Edinburgh 1930s

Incredible press photographs capture 1930s interwar era Edinburgh

In the summer of 1938, Willem van de Poll arrived in Edinburgh on a mission to photograph two famous locomotives: The Coronation and The Flying Scotsman.

Born in 1895, van de Poll is regarded one of the most important press photographers ever to emerge from the Low Countries. As an international photo reporter, he travelled the globe and had his work distributed extensively by the Associated Press.

During his brief time in the Scottish capital, van de Poll managed to capture some spectacular shots of life in Edinburgh as it was during an era that is seldom seen in such stunning high quality.

A large number of the images taken by van de Poll have been made publicly available online by the National Archives of the Netherlands.

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