Ballsbridge, Dublin City, Co. Dublin

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Where: Dublin, , Ireland

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When: 01 January 1914

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Since few noticed my gaffe suggesting that Thursday was the end of the week I won't mention it today! This bright, sunny looking shot taken in Ballsbridge is Friday's offering from the NLI. Tram lines, overhead power lines, boys walking along the centre of the road and elegant ladies on the sidewalk - each may perhaps be some help in establishing the date(?)

With thanks to the eagle eyes of Niall McAuley and DannyM8, who deciphered the headlines on the newsagent poster, it seems we can confidently date this to 1914. Apparently the poster covers the headlines of Tuesday 4 August 1914: "England and the War / Sir Edmund Grey's Statement / Navy to Protect French North Coast". Suggesting that the paper in the hands of the lady on the left could contain news of the early days of World War I. The drama unfolding elsewhere contrasts the apparent business-as-usual activities of this Eason collection shot....


Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1900-1939. Likely c.1914

NLI Ref: EAS_1644

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Oct/2017 08:03:02

    Irish Times Old England The War Wile E Coyote ?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Oct/2017 08:08:09

    25" at GeoHive. Streetview

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Oct/2017 08:16:12

    1914-18?

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    CASSIDY PHOTOGRAPHY

    • 06/Oct/2017 08:37:55

    Thursday could be the end of the week for you, depending on when you started your work week. Didn't notice.

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    DannyM8

    • 06/Oct/2017 09:11:23

    I see Keatinge Ltd on the front of the tram, we came across them in Grafton Street before in this photo, https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/7006456244/ The Company was incorporated on 15/12/1905.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 06/Oct/2017 09:15:14

    Not sure if it is a 1911 Daimler with chauffeur and nob - anyone know? https://www.flickr.com/photos/angeljim46/24748616151/ Or 1910 Daimler ? - https://www.flickr.com/photos/mjhbower/7412388488/

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    philfluther

    • 06/Oct/2017 09:18:40

    Broad and beautiful.

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    DannyM8

    • 06/Oct/2017 09:19:16

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Shame the registration is not readable. Ps - I saw your Dog related stuff yesterday, thank you.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Oct/2017 09:23:38

    Matinee cigarette ad no help, I see them in 1913, 1920. Likewise Muratti.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Oct/2017 09:26:43

    We can see the signs for Herbert Park beyond the chemists, so certainly after the 1907 exhibition.

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    John A. Coffey

    • 06/Oct/2017 09:43:54

    Agents for PULLARS dye works PERTH.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Oct/2017 09:58:39

    Having uncrossed my eyes, I revised my Irish Times guess from Old England The War To England And The War Sure enough, the Archive shows there is a story with that headline in the Irish Times on Tuesday the 4th of August 1914.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Oct/2017 10:04:47

    Also on 16th August 1915.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Oct/2017 10:14:10

    Someone with better access to the IT archive than me ahem ahem might be able to match Wile E Coyote or the other blurs to something on one of those two dates. The next line might be STRIKE I think the other poster is The Sketch, and the headline could be The Road to Germany

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    DannyM8

    • 06/Oct/2017 10:51:41

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Could it be "Sir E (Edward) Grey's Statement" The full headline on Tuesday 4th Aug 1914 is ENGLAND AND THE WAR ------------------------------------- Sir Edward Grey's Statement Navy to protect French North Coast

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    Wendy:

    • 06/Oct/2017 12:11:32

    Great to see!

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 06/Oct/2017 12:33:47

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Wile E. never made it to Ireland.

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    Bernard Healy

    • 06/Oct/2017 12:56:40

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Pullars pops up frequently enough on our urban photographs. From what I can tell, I think the sign indicates something like a dry cleaning franchise. Pullars was a huge dye-works in Perth, Scotland, and they branched into dry cleaning at some stage.

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    Bernard Healy

    • 06/Oct/2017 13:02:28

    I miss seeing branches of Hayes, Conyngham & Robinson about Dublin. They were taken over by Boots in 1998. I think a city loses something when local businesses with distinctive names become outlets of bland multinational chains. There are a few interesting asides in the article I linked to: Hayes, Conyngham & Robinson was founded in April 1897 and adopted the motto: "Straight forward dealing. Everything of the best and at the lowest price at which it can consistently be sold." Its founders were pillars of Dublin society. Mr William Hayes was a founder of the Irish Pharmaceutical Society and the superintendent of the Harold's Cross Sunday School for 50 years. Mr Henry Conyngham, one of the first chemists in Europe to understand the importance of coca as a remedy for nervous and physical exhaustion, was renowned in Dublin for speculating on such topics as the origin of man and Egyptology. Mr Thomas Robinson, a councillor, was the first public representative to welcome Queen Victoria to Ireland and was later knighted. Ironically, he was appointed a director of Boots in 1920 [...] "Of course I'm sad," said Mr Michael Shiell yesterday. "But in the competitive market out there, it is a good deal for us and a good deal for our staff." The brothers will split the £13 million purchase price evenly, and hold onto four of HCR's properties, leasing them to Boots. "Grafton Street is for the grandchildren," Mr Michael Shiell said.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Oct/2017 15:22:23

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Yes, that fits exactly. Tuesday August 4th 1914 it is, the day the UK (then including Ireland, of course!) entered the Great War. Here is Grey's speech which is being reported, from the day before the declaration of war.

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    sam2cents

    • 06/Oct/2017 20:02:20

    Thursday is the end of the week! Excellent image, and it was beautifully composed. I would never have guessed Ballsbridge ever looked quite like this.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/Oct/2017 14:42:59

    Thanks https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley and https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] - map, description and date all updated :)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Oct/2017 08:26:21

    This archive shot is looking the other way across the bridge past the RDS, and the clothes are consistent, it could be the same day...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Oct/2017 09:05:10

    Likewise this one. The Pembroke town hall at right has two notices posted on the gateposts: RESULT OF POLL and Water (supply?) CAUTION. The Result of Poll poster looks a bit weather worn, but could it really be from a March 1914 Corporation election?

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 17/Oct/2017 08:00:05

    very nice capture!

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    Thom's 1904

    • 19/Mar/2018 16:15:37

    If the fork in the middle distance offers Elgin road to the left and Pembroke to the right, the viceregal cavalcade in episode 10 of Ulysses would be entering Ballsbridge from the Pembroke side.