Historic postcards which give a glimpse into early 20th Century life in Aberdeen are to be the subject of a new talk.
Dr Andrew Cronshaw will visit Aberdeen Central Library to speak about the Adelphi Postcard Series, and discuss his research into Charles Helmrich & Sons.
The firm was a prominent producer of high quality topographical postcards of Aberdeen and further afield in the first quarter of the 20th Century.
The postcards peaked in popularity in Edwardian times, and Charles Helmrich & Sons created cards that were sold around the city by many retailers.
Aberdeen City Libraries retain a significant collection of the original postcards of the time, including many from the Adelphi Series.
Charles Helmrich was born in Aberdeen in 1839, and attended Aberdeen Grammar School before serving as an apprentice with a local firm prior to setting up his own business.
He started the stationery firm as a wholesale stationer, that then became known for its Adelphi Series postcards.
The warehouse and printing works were located in Adelphi in 1815 – and lent its name to the postcards.
The first printed view cards of Aberdeen were produced around 1904. By 1909, Helmrich was producing the postcards of Aberdeen, north-east Scotland and Dundee, taking the total number of view postcards to more than 750.
Some of the cards commemorate special occasions such as the first aeroplane flight in the city in 1912 and the unveiling of the King Edward VII statue at the corner of Union Bridge and Union Terrace in 1914.
The postcards’ production was stopped following Charles’ death in 1924, aged 84.
Dr Cronshaw said: “I became interested in the Adelphi Series of postcards as the images were very well composed and printed to a high standard.
“Compositionally they resembled the images produced by the George Washington Wilson Aberdeen photographic firm which was dissolved in 1908.
“There was a great rivalry between Valentines Ltd of Dundee and George Washington Wilson Ltd of Aberdeen in the Victorian era but the GWW firm failed to enter the vast postcard market that was opening up.
“It was a story that had been overlooked by photograph historians and researchers.”
Dr Cronshaw will be taking visitors through the research he has carried out on the firm and family, and the efforts he has put in to find out more about the photographer behind the images.
There will also be a number of postcards on display.
An Aberdeen City Council spokesman said: “Dr Andrew Cronshaw has done excellent work to discover the history of the Helmrich family and their Aberdeen businesses.
“We are delighted to have him speaking here at the Central Library and sharing his research into the creation of these fascinating items.
“Historic picture postcards provide a fascinating glimpse at life in the city in times gone by.”
The event will take place on Saturday at the Central Library on Rosemount Viaduct from 2-3.30pm.
The talk is free to attend, but should be booked.
To reserve a space, email LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk or call 01224 652500.
Photographs of the postcards can also be viewed on Aberdeen City Libraries’ Silver City Vault website at www.silvercityvault.org.uk