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1952: The Denburn area in 1952 before it got demolished.
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Gallery: All change at Denburn


This week’s Aberdonian takes a look at how the Denburn has changed over the decades. Some of our readers will have no memory of the area before the dual carriageway was created to help traffic passing through the city. These images from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, show the area as it used to be.

1979: Casting ewes using special pens at a farm in the Glens of Foundland, between Inverurie and Huntly.
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Gallery: Sheep through the years


This week’s Aberdonian takes a look at sheep through the years. We’ve featured escaped sheep, a runaway lamb and prize-winning ewes in this gallery, which includes pictures from as far back as 1949.

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Our Aberdeen: Wemyss Ware still popular centuries on


The Fife pottery owner Robert Heron employed an expert painter from Bohemia called Karel Nekola and began making Wemyss Ware in 1882. Named after the Wemyss family of Wemyss Castle, the high-quality hand-painted decoration made it a commercial success.

Shell 1980-03-17 Altens Site (C)AJL

"About to dig the first turf at Shell Expro's new site at Altens industrial estate, Aberdeen, is their general manager Mr Bill Murphy watched by (left to right) - Mr David Brewster, head of Shell Expro's property services; Mr Dall Fraser, administration manager; Mr Harry Nicolson of Fairhurst and Partners, clerk of works for the development and Mr Ken Cruickshank, engineer with Fairhurst and Partners."

Used: P&J 18/03/1980
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Gallery: Looking back at Shell in the city


This week’s Aberdonian takes a look at oil giant Shell’s time in the Granite City. Taken from our archives, the images cover everything from groundbreaking at the site in Tullos, to charity work carried out by the staff.

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Our Aberdeen: Making an exhibition of ourselves


We’re programmed to think of all artworks as unique objects, their individuality the reason why we give them our time and attention, but I do not think this is true when it comes to the Macdonald portraits in Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums collection.

1990: An Aberdeen cat spent a night on the tiles and had to be rescued by firemen at the end of her ordeal.
Two-year-old Meggie was stranded on the roof of a four-storey tenement in the city centre yesterday until she was safely brought back to earth.
The intrepid feline managed to squeeze through the window of a top-storey George Street flat and was discovered on the roof at around 7 a.m. yesterday.
Insp. Bill Simpson, of the Aberdeen Association of Prevention to Cruelty to Animals, said the cat was in no danger.
Firemen brigade waited until after rush-hour to stop the traffic and put their hydraulic platform into action.
Meggie’s owner said: ‘’I’m not sure how long she was on the roof, but I think she had been out all night. She’s never had any adventures like this before and I was a bit worried about her, but I’m sure she will be all right.’’
Leading Fireman Scott Douglas said: ‘’I have had to rescue cats before, but not using the hydraulic platform. It was quite straightforward once I got up there.’’
And as Meggie was escorted home by her relived owner last night, Insp. Simpson said: ‘’She’s a bit frightened, but a big drink of milk and seat by the fire and she’ll be fine.’’

P&J 11/04/1990.
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Gallery: Cuddling up with cats


This week’s gallery has taken a turn to the furry side. Instead of our usual historical shots of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, we’re taking time out to appreciate some of our favourite feline friends.

1980: Aberdeen views from the air
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Gallery: Views of Aberdeen from the 1980s


From Aberdeen’s historic harbour to busy beaches and iconic landmarks, this gallery showcases the best of the Granite City as it was in the 1980s. This week’s gallery even features a picture of police stopping traffic while they searched for an escaped prisoner in the city centre

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