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Burns & Harris Printers Dundee
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Christeen Miller from Rainham, Kent. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
My grandfather David Chalmers Buik worked for many years in the late 1800's/early 1900's as a bookbinder/journeyman for the printers Burns & Harris in Dundee. He designed the machine which cut out the thumb index used in bibles. To collect the royalties for this invention he used to travel to London by the DP&L shipping company taking his seven children with him! He also invented a camera which would take 3D pictures and this became so well known in the town that the department store D.M. Brown's set aside a room for him to take his pictures. If anyone knows anything about the early years of Burns & Harris particularly pictures that I may include in my family tree. Incidentally David Buik's son David Chalmers Buik Jnr. also followed his fathers footsteps by working as a bookbinder in Burns & Harris.

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