December 9: The West Port, St Andrews, in the snow, 1882

Wednesday 9 December 2020

The West Port, St Andrews, in the snow, 1882 (JV-2157X-B). A coloured postcard from the James Valentine Photographic Collection.

The West Port remains a prominent local landmark at the west end of South Street and is one of the few surviving examples of a city gate in Scotland. It was modelled on the Nether Bow of Edinburgh and the contract for its construction can be found in Special Collections, dated 18 May 1589.

Valentines of Dundee produced prints and then postcards of topographical views for the emerging tourist market from the 1860s until the 1960s. Coloured postcards were printed using three coloured and one black printing blocks to produce the desired colours.

2 thoughts on "December 9: The West Port, St Andrews, in the snow, 1882"

  • Elisabeth Okasha
    Elisabeth Okasha
    Wednesday 9 December 2020, 11.46am

    I am really enjoying this series of Christmas blogs and this image of the West Port is stunning.

    • skr23
      Wednesday 9 December 2020, 2.03pm

      We are so glad to hear that you are enjoying the series. Thanks for your comment.


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