A motor engine shop in a Prep school? That seems (A) a little bit extravagant and (B) aimed at a different class of student at a time when class seemed to be everything? This image from the Mason collection intrigues me, and I look forward to finding out a lot more about it...
With thanks today to sharon.corbet
it seems likely that this image captures a motor engineering workshop at "Pembroke Day Trades Preparatory School" in Ringsend, Dublin (now site of Ringsend Technical College
). Also thanks to BultacoFan
and Niall McAuley
for identifying the car registrations (and hence the likely earliest date for the image as 1903). Niall let's us know that, of the cars/registrations pictured, by 1911:
- LI-11 belonged to a Charles Farran of Rathfarnham
- RI-279 to a George Newcomen of 27 Earlsfort Terrace
- RI-247 to Alan McMullen of 108 James' Street, and
- FI-11 to JAB Trench, of Clonfert (Co Galway).
suggests that Mr. Trench's motor (FI-11, middle right) could be a Rolls-Royce. But rightly points-out that, in this era of motoring, the coachwork was commonly built by separate coachbuilders. And hence it's not always straightforward to identify a model from its body-shape....
Photographer: Thomas H. Mason
Collection: Mason Photographic Collection
Date: Catalogue range c.1890-1910. Though not before 1903.
NLI Ref: M3/22
You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie
Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons