Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
Good morning all Flickroonies and here is a scene of intense industry and an issue of location for you from Irelands oldest city. Waterford is a beautiful, ancient and historic city and the traders there have a long history of innovation and style. Hearnes are no exception and this shot shows their tailors at work. Who can help us to put this in the correct location????
Here in the archive is Hearne's tailor shop window, at number 64.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Very good Niall but 64 what? The Quay or Georges Street???
Both! Looking at the OSI site at GeoHive, Number 64 on Merchant's Quay (now Meagher's Quay) stretched right back to George's Street behind. Today the site is split between the Granville Hotel on the Quay and a shopping centre on George's street, but back in the day, it was one site.
The word Overseer comes to mind for those standing up?
The workers all seem to be reasonably well dressed, perhaps as a perk of the job they were able to make a suit for themselves?
Is there a status attaching to the hats that can be seen in the photo.
Ps - the note feature you talked about last week is sorely missed
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Hearnes must have had two shops on the quay.? No. 64 ( Ship reflection) and this one No 33 www.nli.ie/glassplates/P_WP/P_WP_0442.jpg
The shop on Georges St was No. 27
When I was a child Hearne's stretched from Georges Street to the Quay and covered a very large area and encompassed several buildings. They had a system of cables that took cash up to an overhead cashiers office where receipts were issued and sent back down to the counter that was still in use up until at least the end of the 1960's I believe. Some more about it here,
This is the way I remember the shop
My uncle worked as a cabinet maker for them for many years at their furniture factory in Little Patrick Street.
How bizarre that they're working on the floor. Can't be comfortable for any length of time, and the suits being made are draped over the floor. All have their boots on so the floor must have some dirt from the street.
The man to the far right, near the fireplace, (and also I think a man behind him), is ironing on a small ironing board balanced on his knee.
Oh to have the notes system back.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/eyelightfilms try adding a note now!!
That's a terrible way to work it's bad for the back and it's not very productive either. I'm surprised by this!
This is actually the traditional way tailors worked, seated on the floor or even on raised platforms and is known as sitting tailor style or tailor fashion.
This is a nice old photo of a tailor working in a similar fashion
another nice one of a tailor seated the same way
I remember going into tailors premises when I was a child back in the early 50's and they were all sitting on their tables which they used to lay out the suits at different times during the process. I never saw them sitting on the floor in that fashion but it may have been the practice in bigger establishments! The small irons and boards were probably brought into play when the suits were being assembled as flattened creases and seams would lie better when sewn together!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Thanks I didn't know that, makes me ache just looking at them. :-)
My great grandfather was a tailor in Glasgow and worked sitting like this on a raised platform in front of the window. I've seen the same technique used by modern day tailors in Romania.
I could sit like that for a hour or so...............and then remain locked in that shape until I would get taken to hospital to get unfolded.
I have often seen old photos of military tailors - kiltmakers, in particular - seated that way and thought it was some sort of military peculiarity. Interesting to learn it was a general practice.
I wonder: was it commonplace for women, too? My great aunt Kate was listed as "dressmaker" or "seamstress" in every record. My back is now creaking in sympathy. (Or is it empathy? I should really look these words up before using them.)
Oh my.... I have read and been aware of the " sweat shops, but other that Lewis Hines, I've never seen this kind of thin... Check the few fellows standing up & looking over the " tailors"