Friday Photo; Leap Year Dance

This poster from 1944 is from Stornoway Historical Society’s collection, and is currently stored in Stornoway Library.  The hand drawn poster advertises a dance to be held by Sandwick Badminton Club for a Leap Year Dance, and features some interesting characters…



The artist who created the poster has signed himself (I’m assuming a woman would not create these characters!) as ‘Burnap’:


It is not clear if the person who created the poster was local or someone from the military stationed on the island.  It is fantastic that it has survived as it is a great example of the social life that people had during WWII.

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3 Responses to Friday Photo; Leap Year Dance

  1. Found this article via Twitter. There was a cartoonist Bert Burnap who regularly produced cartoons for a local community newspaper in Edinburgh – the Currie and Balerno News. From these illustrations I recognise Bert’s style and would say he was the artist. He died a couple of years ago and I believe he was in his late 90’s or even 100 and the C&B News would have more details on Bert.

  2. Thank you so much for this information, I will pass it along to Stornoway Historical Society and get in touch with C&B. It will be great to pin down an artist for this.

    Katie Anne Maciver
  3. We had a lovely email today from the grandson of Bert Burnap confirming that this is indeed one of his images.

    “You may already know this but in case you don’t, the man who created the poster was Bert Burnap, who was stationed in Stornoway during WWII. Bert was my grandfather and only passed away three years ago at the age of 101. Sharp as a tack until the end, he would have been chuffed to think that one of his drawings still exists in Stornoway.”