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When: 01 January 1910

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I suspect that there are many of us these recent days whose teeth are crushing and grinding at the constant blaring of so called Christmas songs in public places. This Eason image shows a crusher and grinder from Dawson's, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, which could save our teeth and the stress if we each had one to carry around with us!

Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: between 1900-1920

NLI Ref: EAS_2591

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
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    • 23/Dec/2019 08:58:41

    Dawson’s was thought to be a flour mill before:

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    • 23/Dec/2019 09:07:44

    However, there is a Joseph Dawson, a general merchant, in the 1911 Census at 2 Main St., which is described in the Building Return Form as a grocery and hardware shop.

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    • 23/Dec/2019 09:13:12

    There are a couple of other photos of Dawson's that are not yet digitised, including this one which mentions that their motto was "that they sold everything from a needle to an anchor."

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    • 23/Dec/2019 09:14:32

    Crushing through the grain In a one-horse open mill O'er the fields we grind ... ♬ Two more sleeps ...

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    • 23/Dec/2019 10:25:55

    Bentall was an agricultural machinery manafacturer Nameplates say "T. McKenzie & Sons, Ltd., Dublin", and "Bentall's Patent Combined Mill for Crushing & Grinding". McKenzies was a hardware and seeds supplier in Pearse St. i remember buying a billycan there for the site.

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    • 23/Dec/2019 13:30:51

    Graces guide notes: 1914 Specialities: Chaff Cutters, Grinding Mills, Cattle Food preparing Machines, Petrol and Oil Engines and Engineers' Bright Steel Nuts, Bolts etc. Could be a start date?

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    • 23/Dec/2019 14:08:13

    May be of a type described as a "hammer mill". I think it's too small for use in a flour mill. More likely used for grinding animal foodstuffs, i.e. various grains. Would suit a large country hardware/general merchants, such as Dawsons

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    O Mac

    • 23/Dec/2019 14:45:58

    more about it here...

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    • 23/Dec/2019 20:40:11

    That's a hard one to date, may require the digitisation of the the associated shop front photos to provide more clues. Is this the same Dawson's? Google Earth Link #googleearth

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    Brunswick Forge

    • 24/Dec/2019 05:11:44

    A wonderful addition to today's Explore page. Congratulations and Christmas greetings from Troutville, Va. USA.

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    • 24/Dec/2019 06:35:57


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    • 24/Dec/2019 20:55:41

    I'd keep my fingers out of it.

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    • 25/Dec/2019 22:44:58

    Lovely Image. Congratulations on Explore. Merry Christmas!

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    Limb Reaper

    • 27/Dec/2019 23:20:11

    Looks like a small mill for cracking wheat and barley in prep for brewing. It appears the grains were let down the chute from above.