West Beach, Queenstown, Co. Cork

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Where: The Stall, West Beach, Kilgarvan, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland

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While we have been to Queenstown/Cobh before this fine Lawrence shot of the West Beach has lots of interest. Those skifs and the people around add interest to the scene with occasional ghosts to liven things up!

With the help of the businesses (and their advertising), our intrepid contributors have refined the near 50 year range of the catalogue dates to perhaps 5 to 10 years in the early 20th century. The Emerson's Bromo Selzter advert on front of O'Sullivan's chemists was likely put in place around the same time (if a lot less longstanding) as the 1911 Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Tower in the company's home state of Maryland....


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date:between ca. 1865-1914 (but likely early 20th Century)

NLI Ref: L_ROY_08816

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    O Mac

    • 17/Jun/2016 08:21:07

    Surely this is East Beach?

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    Frank Fullard

    • 17/Jun/2016 10:15:35

    This is wonderful!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 17/Jun/2016 10:37:58

    Outside the Medical Hall / Chemist, there is a curvy lady (Gibson Girl?) advertising some kind of drink. How is your eyesight? Can anyone read the letters? [Al]mond S----- ?? See note and megazoom™.

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    Wendy:

    • 17/Jun/2016 10:51:06

    terrific details; great post!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 17/Jun/2016 11:02:53

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Some kind of Seltzer.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 17/Jun/2016 11:11:04

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Anatomically impossibly curvy lady! I think Seltzer is the last word down at her frilly hem.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 17/Jun/2016 11:20:58

    In the 1911 census, I see, left to right: Eliza Frahill Maurice O'Sullivan William Robinson Uninhabited (Frahills in the picture)) George Gates, Walsh maker (!) and jeweller Mary Roche (Hennessy in the picture) In 1901: Nicholas English Maurice O'Sullivan Robinson Buckley Gates Hennessy Between 1901 and 1911? Hennessy and Frahill are both in th picture, Hennesy gone in 1911, Frahill not there yet in 1901...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 17/Jun/2016 11:22:14

    Emerson's Bromo Seltzer?

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    jryomismo

    • 17/Jun/2016 11:23:48

    Ahí no he tenido la oportunidad de ir. Esperanzas no faaltan, muy difícil lo veo a corto-medio plazo. Disfrutaré de tus fotos. Gracias

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    O Mac

    • 17/Jun/2016 11:32:56

    John Foley vintner is there 1901 but not in 1911 Looks like there are two Frahill pubs.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 17/Jun/2016 11:33:17

    Also on sale in the chemist's window: Mellin's Food

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    Niall McAuley

    • 17/Jun/2016 11:49:01

    The NIAH dates this row to 1860, but is unaware that the pharmacy was only 3 stories in 1900ish, where it is 4 today.

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    O Mac

    • 17/Jun/2016 11:50:15

    On Harbour Row , both M Buckley(Milliner) and A Ambrose (Boot Maker) are there in 1911 but were not there in 1901. so post 1911

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    Niall McAuley

    • 17/Jun/2016 12:01:12

    Robinson is selling Mitchell's Gold Medal Cigarettes above the door. Goodbody's in the window, by the door, Wills and Mitchells again in the big window.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 17/Jun/2016 12:14:51

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Post 1901, but pre-1911 based on Hennessy?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 17/Jun/2016 12:33:08

    The Emerson's Bromo Seltzer Girl is worth, um, enlargement ... [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia/27114587664/]

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    pellethepoet

    • 17/Jun/2016 12:54:23

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Then let's enlarge her ... :) The Emerson's Bromo Seltzer Girl

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    DannyM8

    • 17/Jun/2016 14:21:46

    I see [https://www.flickr.com/photos/flyingsnail] solved the bridge location. Well done. [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/27588131071/in/dateposted/]

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Jun/2016 00:09:38

    Thanks all - we hadn't spotted the Bromo Seltzer ad in this one before posting. Always delighted to see where the discussion takes us :) We weren't able to find any better quality images of the advert - in the ephemera collection or elsewhere. One however wonders perhaps if "our" advert was based on this artwork which was also sponsored by and advertising Emerson's product. If so, then the muse for "our" advert could have been the same - namely Lottie Collins (1865-1910). One imagines that a sponsoring/advertising/endorsement deal of this type might have seen Emerson's company use Ms Collins' image on other adverts. Are we stretching? Or do we think the resemblance and connection is strong enough to be more than coincidence?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 19/Jun/2016 01:56:30

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] Fantastic! I do so hope this is true. Even if it is not her, I enjoyed finding out about Lottie Collins and 'Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay'. More info at studiedmonuments.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/lottie-collins-... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ta-ra-ra_Boom-de-ayyoutu.be/bBznKYCQ3Ms

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    AnnWhit

    • 19/Jun/2016 10:02:40

    Thank's for sharing this photo of Queenstown/Cobh looking good back then as a cobhite love looking back on old photos of my home town congrats on Explore...

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    O Mac

    • 19/Jun/2016 16:10:22

    We need [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] to confirm that this is the East Beach and not the West as titled.

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    guliolopez

    • 19/Jun/2016 19:10:45

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] and [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] - I also love the idea (though unconfirmed) that the advertising "cutout" was based on the earlier image and Lottie Collins :) As regards location, [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] is likely strictly correct. West Beach and Each Beast are on either side of Fitzpatrick's Quay. While perhaps taken looking eastwards from the former, the majority of (if not all) buildings captured are addressed as East Beach. Certainly Hennessy's (#7) on-wards are. Just a minor labeling or interpretation thing by French/Lawrence. Doesn't detract though. Loving the image and discussion on this one :D

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    dorameulman

    • 20/Jun/2016 01:33:24

    Lovely image!

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 28/Jun/2016 14:57:12

    Never thought "I" would feature in any of these wonderful images but that "J. Foley" is actually my maternal Great Grandfather, John Foley, a vintner at East Beach in 1901. He hailed from Borrisokane Co. Tipp and married Ellen Walsh Tarbert, Co. Kerry. (Still got to do a lot more digging in this corner of the family & to discover how he came to Queenstown or where he ended up after that).

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 28/Jun/2016 23:21:14

    That's great [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] - we're always delighted to hear from those with personal connections to the images in our Flickr Commons stream. Thanks for sharing!

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    MichaelMusgrove

    • 07/Oct/2016 23:17:29

    Reminds me of the area around famous Cannery Row in Monterey, California USA