O'Neill's Bicycles. EXPLORED #187

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Where: 52 King St S, Dublin, Ireland

When: 01 January 1907

This group of workers are proud of their trade and appear happy to pose for Mr. Mason!

Lucania bicycles were manufactured by John O’Neill at the Lucania works in South King Street, Dublin. An advertisement for the Lucania in a 1911 edition of Sinn Féin carried the information also that the company had won a contract to supply the Post Office with 400 delivery bicycles.

Please note the advertisement posted below the logo in Irish was created by the Irish Industrial Development Association (IIDA), which I presume was a forerunner of today's IDA.

Mr O'Neill's Lucania bicycles seem to have been more durable than the others on sale in Dublin but still only captured a small percentage of the market.

O'Neill was an interesting man, industrialist and politician, see here

Photographer: Thomas H. Mason

Collection: The Mason Photographic Collection

Date: 1907 - 1910

NLI Ref: M56/47

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    sharon.corbet

    • 10/Apr/2015 07:07:25

    Some of them are probably to be found in this earlier photo: www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/10922005006/

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    derangedlemur

    • 10/Apr/2015 07:32:44

    Lucania bicycles: www.historyireland.com/20th-century-contemporary-history/...

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    sharon.corbet

    • 10/Apr/2015 08:51:58

    Here are the posters that are at the back and being held in the middle.

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    O Mac

    • 10/Apr/2015 09:05:43

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] The factory pictured in your link is not of the South Kings St premises but the one on Pleasent Street they moved to in 1912. Building is still there. www.google.ie/maps/@53.335306,-6.267215,3a,75y,50.77h,91.... www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/17095162972/

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    sharon.corbet

    • 10/Apr/2015 09:11:57

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] This may be of the South King St. Premises, then.

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    derangedlemur

    • 10/Apr/2015 09:40:29

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Nice find.

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    O Mac

    • 10/Apr/2015 10:10:39

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Very good. It is the South King's Street premises..(see below). It was where the Dandelion market and Project Arts Center used to be. And as O Neill got the order to make those 400 GPO bikes in 1911 your photograph must have been taken after that. www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/16909536060/ www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/17096411051/

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    dididumm

    • 10/Apr/2015 11:08:10

    It's great that these old photos are still existing.

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    ekeha

    • 10/Apr/2015 11:27:52

    Congrats on Explore! 【ツ】
    Via Today's Explore at #187 on Fluidr

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Apr/2015 11:48:45

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/ekeha] Thank you Erika, delighted that it has been Explored, it is a cracking old shot!

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    le cabri

    • 10/Apr/2015 13:34:08

    Beautiful shot

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    noeleen Byrne

    • 10/Apr/2015 20:51:55

    Love the old photos .

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    THIS TELLER of TALES

    • 10/Apr/2015 21:24:55

    Absolute beauty 😎

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 11/Apr/2015 08:55:21

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I am little confused, I am planning on going with South King Street? Should I make any changes to the stated date range?

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    DannyM8

    • 11/Apr/2015 09:28:19

    December 1941. Obituary of Mr John O'Neill. He was a Senator and a Director of many motor and cycling firms. [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/17107132045/]

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    DannyM8

    • 11/Apr/2015 09:34:25

    Advert from IT in 1913, referring to the post office contract. It also has a Deanta i nEireann logo at top and bottom of the advertisment. [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/16920927559/in/photostream/] Reference the Logo The most important graphic element of the Sinn Féin newspaper was the Déanta i nÉirinn symbol. This distinctive logo was created by the Irish Industrial Development Association (IIDA). The text in Irish means "Made in Ireland". From the autumn of 1909, Griffith’s newspapers displayed it proudly and very prominently on their front page between the words ‘sinn’ and ‘féin’ in the title-piece. It could also frequently be seen in advertisements and cartoons throughout. From en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinn_F%C3%A9in_(newspaper)

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    DannyM8

    • 11/Apr/2015 09:57:15

    The editor's attention on the Stockholm Olympics was the opportunity, in its 20 July 1912 edition, to reinforce one of the Sinn Féin party’s central tenets, its buy-Irish campaign, using the aforementioned cyclists: ‘One remarkable record comes to Ireland. In the long distance (team) cycle race, the only team all of whose members finished was the Irish team. Two thirds of its members were mounted on Lucania bicycles—bicycles completely manufactured in Dublin. The riders of the Lucania raced on them for twelve hours in competition with the world . . . In the case of every other team most of the riders had to change bicycles during the progress of the race. The Irish Lucania bicycle had thus made a world’s record. And still in the city in which it is manufactured twenty foreign and inferior machines are purchased to every one of the Irish machines. From: www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=612157448872235...

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    poncho640

    • 12/Apr/2015 03:39:25

    Good old times

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 12/Apr/2015 08:11:38

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    sharon.corbet

    • 12/Apr/2015 08:52:59

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/] The "Déanta in Eireann" symbol visible on the poster on the back at the right means that it was after 1906: ...the first ever national trade mark, a stylised interlaced letter ‘E’ motif inscribed ‘Déanta in Eireann’ introduced in 1906. from here. More probably after 1907 - as that's the date given for the poster in the link above.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 12/Apr/2015 11:59:47

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Thanks Sharon, I am happy to go with the date range 1907 - 1910.

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    DannyM8

    • 12/Apr/2015 12:14:18

    This is John O'Neill - Cycle Manufacturer in the 1911 Census He is married with 4 children, his Father in law (Thomas Elliott) resides at the same address and is described as a Poplin manufacturer. Described as a Cycle factor here he is with his wife in the 1901 Census

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    silverio10

    • 12/Apr/2015 21:18:12

    Buena foto antigua de ciclistas .

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    sharon.corbet

    • 13/Apr/2015 03:09:39

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] His (possibly) sister is in the 1911 census as a "shopwoman cycles" in the 13/14 South King St. shop.

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    DannyM8

    • 13/Apr/2015 06:43:04

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I wonder if the ladies in the photo are his sisters? There is a familiarity about the hand on the arm of the lady on the right? Perhaps O'Neill himself?

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    sharon.corbet

    • 13/Apr/2015 07:42:23

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I'd go with high probability that the ladies in the photo are Annie and Mary. However, the gentleman could be a boyfriend?

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    nannyjean35

    • 13/Apr/2015 19:11:07

    i have some old pictures like that, lovely to look back on

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    eyecmore

    • 15/May/2015 20:00:39

    Out of this world photo capture You are invited to join Creative Commons 52 Taking Photo