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Photo Willie Lyle
Taken from the John Taylor Gibb collection, although the image must have been taken by Mr Ballantine, as JTG was born in 1864. The oldest image of Poosie Nansie's taken from page 27 of JTG book. The date would be in the 1870s. A guess would be based on the difference in the house at the back of the building, built as a single storey with attic. By 1880, the building was converted into a storage shed. In this early image, there is no writing on the side of the building. Because of the need for a slow shutter speed in early cameras, the "ghost" effect can be seen, caused by people not standing at peace!!