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Alexander Horne: Bootmaker, Shoemaker, and Newsagent of New Deer

One of our volunteers Alex has recently completed cataloguing some smaller collections transferred to us by the Aberdeenshire Libraries team. Although these collections do not contain large volumes of material, the records they include can provide a fascinating insight into the personal and business lives of the residents of the north-east of Scotland. Alexander Horne Papers These records are the business and personal papers of Alexander Horne (1907-1994), a bootmaker, shoemaker and newsagent born in New Deer in 1907. His business was located at 25 and 29 Main Street, New Deer - do you remember it? The collection includes some interesting items, such as financial accounts and trading analysis ledgers that demonstrate the success of the business. There is a lovely, detailed measurement book for fitting shoes and boots between 1902 and 1911: There is also a membership card for the National Federation of Retail Newsagents Booksellers & Stationers, 1957, which evidences the diversi

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