Peek at the past

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There’s no telling exactly when this ancient picture of Bo’ness was taken - but it clearly wasn’t in recent decades, maybe even centuries!

There’s almost certainly no-one alive today who can remember this scene, masted sailing ships in the dock, countless factory chimneys (but precious little smoke) and what looks like a joinery business in the middle foreground.

The photographer was clearly stationed on the ground behind Ballantine’s Foundry for this evocative shot.

The only landmarks recogniseable today are the gaso-meter and the Ochil Hills in the background!

It’s a fascinating glimpse into a bygone era - a time when Bo’ness was a hive of industry - but there are absolutely no details appended by way of indicating when the picture was taken.