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TITLE
Kyle Pharmacy Information Card
EXTERNAL ID
Z_HCD_DOC_0005_02
PLACENAME
Kyle of Lochalsh
DISTRICT
South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS AND CROMARTY: Lochalsh
DATE OF IMAGE
1914
PERIOD
1910s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
7372
KEYWORDS
information
timetables
tourism
pharmacy
Kyle Pharmacy Information Card

Duncan Macpherson established a pharmacy close to the ferry slipway at Kyle of Lochalsh in 1912. As well as supplying medicines, toiletries, and photographic materials, the shop also became an unofficial tourist office where visitors arriving on trains, steamers or by car were always sure of finding local information. Perhaps to save time, Macpherson started producing these folded information cards detailing train and steamer times, and the postal delivery service. It was also a means of advertising the pharmacy.

The information card idea was developed, and from 1927 until 1960 Macpherson published a Vest Pocket Guide to Skye and Lochalsh, priced in 1956 at 2/-. This was no mean feat, involving the collation of steamer and train timetables, accommodation contact details, historical sites of interest, and by way of amusement, a few of his own humorous anecdotes. Despite his advancing years, a fully revised edition appeared every year, and the announcement of the final edition in The Sunday Times resulted in a stream of fan mail from all over the world.


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Kyle Pharmacy Information Card

ROSS AND CROMARTY: Lochalsh

1910s

information; timetables; tourism; pharmacy

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Duncan Macpherson (documents)

Duncan Macpherson established a pharmacy close to the ferry slipway at Kyle of Lochalsh in 1912. As well as supplying medicines, toiletries, and photographic materials, the shop also became an unofficial tourist office where visitors arriving on trains, steamers or by car were always sure of finding local information. Perhaps to save time, Macpherson started producing these folded information cards detailing train and steamer times, and the postal delivery service. It was also a means of advertising the pharmacy.<br /> <br /> The information card idea was developed, and from 1927 until 1960 Macpherson published a Vest Pocket Guide to Skye and Lochalsh, priced in 1956 at 2/-. This was no mean feat, involving the collation of steamer and train timetables, accommodation contact details, historical sites of interest, and by way of amusement, a few of his own humorous anecdotes. Despite his advancing years, a fully revised edition appeared every year, and the announcement of the final edition in The Sunday Times resulted in a stream of fan mail from all over the world. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com ">Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a>