An open door and barrels galore!

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Where: Waterford, Ireland

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The Poole collection is generally based on studio work but now and again it turns up with a conundrum! This shot of a warehouse with open doors and barrels abounding poses the questions:
* Where is it?,
* Who owned it? and
* Is it still there?

Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: Catalogue range c.1901-1954


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    • 16/Apr/2019 07:58:49

    Looks very like some social unrest one we had sometime in the last year, only without the people.

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    • 16/Apr/2019 08:04:04

    Possibly John Fanning, Provisions Merchant, of Newtown Road, Waterford Urban No. 4

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    • 16/Apr/2019 08:09:16

    This is the one it reminded me of: Doesn't seem to be the same place edit: Having said that, it could easily be O'Connell street.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Apr/2019 08:11:50

    The Fannings

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    • 16/Apr/2019 08:47:37

    Mr Fanning's Butter Store* with butter firkins outside? 1/4 barrel = 1 firkin = 56 pounds = 25 kilograms * -

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    • 16/Apr/2019 21:43:04

    Buenas fotos antiguas .

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Apr/2019 23:07:36

    Thanks all. I totally concur on this likely being a commission for the Fanning family business in Waterford. Can we confirm a location though? Are there available street directories for Waterford? (Similar to those used for Cork and Dublin in the past...?)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 20/Apr/2019 15:16:22

    The often valuable Lennon Wylie page has the 1894 street directory for Waterford, and on O'Connell St. lists: 6, 7. Chapman Bros., provision merchants 8, 9. R. Mahony & Co., do 10. J. Fanning & Co., do

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    Niall McAuley

    • 20/Apr/2019 15:26:54

    The 1901 census confirms a butter store on O'Connell Street.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 20/Apr/2019 15:27:55

    Streetview shows no sign of these buildings today.

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    Trowbridge Postcards & Ephemera

    • 26/Nov/2022 01:15:30

    The Waterford Standard has several adverts from 1885: J. Fanning & Co Wholesale stores - Corner of Queen Street and Thomas Street Retail stores - opposite