Top hats, tails and Reckitts Blue

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Where: Leinster, Dublin City, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1907

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For our final offering before Christmas day we have an image from the Dublin Tram Collection. Taken in 1899, 120 years ago, the image contains a great mix. Gentlemen in Top Hats and tails, newspaper vendors outside the railway station and electric tram number 110 with an advertisement for Reckitts Blue.

May we take this opportunity on behalf of all at the NLI and the three Marys to wish you all the compliments of the season and that you have a very Happy New Year. Our special thanks to all those who have followed the stream so faithfully and in particular our trustworthy and reliable research and commentators. We have all enjoyed your contributions and (virtual) company and appreciated your efforts!

UPDATE: Thanks to suckindeesel for identifying this grand arch as the lofty entrance of the 1907 Irish International Exhibition in Ballsbridge, Dublin. That allowed us know the exact location, and to alter the date of this photograph from 1899 to 1907. –––

Photographers: R. B. Parr

Collection: Dublin Tram Photograph Collection


Date: 1907

NLI Ref: NPA TRAM9

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    suckindeesel

    • 24/Dec/2019 09:22:52

    The entrance to the 1907 Irish International Exhibition, Ballsbridge. See archiseek.com/2012/1907-irish-international-exhibition-du... for a better copy of same image. Built on 52 acres that Lord Pembroke had promised to the Pembroke District Council for a public park, lying between the River Dodder, Morehampton Road and Clyde Road. The site later became Herbert Park. All that remains of the exhibition is the pond which was part of the water slide and one of the two bandstands, the other going to Bray.

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    Swordscookie

    • 24/Dec/2019 10:19:36

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ My first instinct was Harcourt Street as well but that arch, which looks so elegant, is all wrong! Morning Mary will have to make adjustments.

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    suckindeesel

    • 24/Dec/2019 10:29:36

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie Looks like some palace from the days of the Raj, except for the heavy overcoats. There are much better versions of this image on internet than this one.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 24/Dec/2019 11:11:52

    There's some info on Reckitt's Blue here.

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    DannyM8

    • 24/Dec/2019 11:34:42

    Happy Christmas to all.

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    abandoned railways

    • 24/Dec/2019 13:12:46

    The best ever Christmas present, a ride on a tram. Merry Christmas to all, and may your New Year bring peace and happiness.

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    CASSIDY PHOTOGRAPHY

    • 24/Dec/2019 13:56:43

    Happy Holidays

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    suckindeesel

    • 24/Dec/2019 13:59:06

    Location of entrance was at junction of Clyde Rd/Pembroke Rd according to archiseek.com/2012/1907-irish-international-exhibition-du... which also tallies with layout of tramlines on 25". The modern US embassy would be right of view.

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    suckindeesel

    • 24/Dec/2019 15:39:08

    Happy Christmas to all

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    jamica1

    • 24/Dec/2019 20:56:25

    And a very Merry Christmas to you from British Columbia, Canada

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    aesrth

    • 25/Dec/2019 15:22:15

    cool shot

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    O Mac

    • 25/Dec/2019 16:47:09

    Looks like the far tram is on a spur especially laid down for the exhibition. The photo was probably taken from the top of a tram, heading south out of town. Whoever RB Parr was he certainly took an awful lot of photos of trams and wrote books on trams. he must have been very tramatised.... www.google.com/search?q=%22R+B+Parr%22&client=firefox...

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    suckindeesel

    • 25/Dec/2019 20:43:09

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Thinking tramlines matched layout at corner of Elgin Rd./Pembroke Rd., see bit.ly/2Sos7vx The third line ran for a short distance towards the direction of the RDS, to accommodate the spurs to the Tram Depot on Shelbourne Rd. Also location of main entrance to exhibition. Other entrance at Morehampton Rd.

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    silverio10

    • 25/Dec/2019 23:20:01

    Buenas fotos antiguas .

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    suckindeesel

    • 26/Dec/2019 12:21:51

    Could it be the #18 tram (Kenilworth Rd/Landsdowne Rd) as only other route with "Road" in destination was Dartry Rd. I can make out "Road" but not the first word. Also, looks like the route 18 white square destination symbol. See www.ebay.com/itm/se-irish-postcard-ireland-dublin-1907-ex... for a clearer image. However I thought its terminus was further away at the Landsdowne Rd. Junction. Looks like an add for Kandee Sauce on front of tram, the original company was Dublin based, but a ketchup of that name made elsewhere was on sale until recent times. If I understand the rather convoluted numbering system, #110 started life as horse drawn #121, built 1889 in Spa Rd. Converted to electric 1899. See www.amazon.co.uk/Through-Streets-Broad-Narrow-History/dp/...

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    suckindeesel

    • 27/Dec/2019 22:33:48

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/abandonedrailsireland Had the pleasure of riding the Howth tram as a young fella. The reversible seat backs fascinated me. It was something special.

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    abandoned railways

    • 28/Dec/2019 17:01:14

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I'm still young, inside

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    John A. Coffey

    • 30/Dec/2019 11:40:03

    Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh.

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    RETRO STU

    • 03/Jan/2020 13:29:11

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie My first thought too, Sean.