Mrs Farmer is not dressed for farming

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When: 09 March 1910

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Having discovered who now lives behind the blue door on the Milltown Road, we now discover that Mrs Farmer from Clonmel was an elegant lady. If she was the wife of a farmer named Farmer, then she did not farm in that elegant outfit!

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Thanks to Sharon Corbet for revealing at lot more about “Mrs Farmer”. Mary Constance Farmer (née Barry) was married to retired Captain Langford Llanwarne Farmer. They had married in Kanturk in 1903, and had two sons Arthur and Frank. Mary was aged around 40 in this photograph. And speaking of “revealing”, if you read down through the comments, you may be discombobulated by the discussion of knickers. To see why, zoom in on the catalogue Mary Farmer is perusing...

Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: The Poole Photographic Collection, Waterford

Date: ca. 9 March 1910

NLI Ref: POOLEWP 2012

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    sharon.corbet

    • 20/Jul/2020 07:40:08

    There's a Mary Constance Farmer in Clonmel in 1910, the wife of Langford Llanwarne, "Captn Infantry Retired Special Reserve".

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    sharon.corbet

    • 20/Jul/2020 07:49:28

    Here is the marriage record for Mary Constance Barry and Langford Llanwarne Farmer in Kanturk on April 22nd 1903.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 20/Jul/2020 08:09:53

    And here are the birth records for their sons Arthur Henry Llanwarne and Frank Darrell Langford. The latter gives their address as Sweetbriar Cottage, Clonmel.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 20/Jul/2020 08:22:53

    Here is Stream Vale on the 25" OSI. Sweetbriar Lodge is the other side of the train station, closer to the town.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 20/Jul/2020 08:39:16

    Here is Mary Constance's birth record, which gives her parents as Henry Harte Barry and Annie Josephine Bethell, and she was born 16th April 1870, making her almost 40 in this photo.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 20/Jul/2020 08:44:01

    9 March 1910 was a Wednesday ... Here is Mary Constance "looking up", with toothpaste on her lips (?). I think she looks particularly elegant - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000592388

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    Foxglove

    • 20/Jul/2020 08:46:57

    in the beachcomber photo she has also had a Photoshop hair bob, it's not toothpaste it's immac

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 20/Jul/2020 09:38:05

    Flickr is sometimes amazing, and not in a good way... The elder son, Arthur Henry Llanwarne Farmer, was a Captain in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, and was killed in 1940. Via https://www.flickr.com/photos/harlowirish/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/harlowirish/8227149160

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    sharon.corbet

    • 20/Jul/2020 10:30:51

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I was wondering when someone else would notice that!

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    DannyM8

    • 20/Jul/2020 11:01:22

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ :-)

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    John A. Coffey

    • 20/Jul/2020 11:12:35

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet The Farmer`s Journal ?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 20/Jul/2020 11:13:37

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] The "looking up" photo has something to do with "London Gloves ...". It looks glossy enough to be The Illustrated London News.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 20/Jul/2020 11:43:13

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia I was assuming some sort of fashion magazine myself. But I do wonder if she'd have chosen a different page if she had known about the future wonders of Megazoom😸

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    John Spooner

    • 20/Jul/2020 11:48:05

    They must have moved into Sweetbriar Cottage some time after April 1907, because that's when it was advertised To Let (apply to Mrs O'Brien of Glenmorgan, Clonmel) in the Waterford Standard (Wednesday 17th). The advert appeared only in that edition so was probably answered fairly soon afterwards.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 20/Jul/2020 11:51:47

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner In September 1906, they were in Belvedere, Wexford (?) according to Arthur's birth record, so that would fit.

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    John Spooner

    • 20/Jul/2020 12:04:36

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] I checked, in the editions in early 1910, but couldn't find any matches. Also in the Graphic and other like publications. I'm probably on a database now for searching for "knickers" in illustrated publications of 1910. The London Glove Company was advertising its sale ("Bargains in Gloves, Hosiery, Underwear, Underskirts etc") in January 1910 , in the Kerry Evening Post and elsewhere. The advert invited the reader to send for a sale price list (post free). It looks too grand to be a 'sale price list', more like what I would call a catalogue, but who knows. Here we are London Glove Company Summer Catalogue 1910/

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    Inverarra

    • 20/Jul/2020 12:43:20

    Not dressed for being chased by blind mice, either. And she doesn’t look like a woman who would inflict unnecessary pain.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 20/Jul/2020 12:46:02

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner Ha ha!

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    John Spooner

    • 20/Jul/2020 13:35:18

    An advert for the London Glove Company from New Year's day 1910. Includes Ladies' Ribbed Spun Silk Combinations with Fancy Front and Shoulder Straps from 3/11. (!) The Queen - Saturday 01 January 1910 Click on image for larger version.

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    Bernard Healy

    • 20/Jul/2020 13:54:36

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Further info on the son's grave in Belgium. www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2775592/farmer,-arthu...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 20/Jul/2020 14:30:43

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner If it comes to a court case, we'll defend your right to search for historical knickers to the bitter end! Off to add knickers as a tag – not something one gets to do very often at Library Towers...

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    Foxglove

    • 20/Jul/2020 17:23:20

    beachcomber, check out "bra" and "knickers" , two Australian leader cows,

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    Foxglove

    • 20/Jul/2020 17:24:45

    knickers is a steer 🐐

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 20/Jul/2020 22:49:45

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardhealy] Thank you. The cemetery is in Belgium between Ypres and Lille (France), and the son's death date 28/05/1940 is in the middle of the Dunkirk retreat and evacuation - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunkirk_evacuation . It makes me emotional thinking of the sorrow this poor woman endured. From tears to steers ... [https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove] My day is now complete! - www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-46357449

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Jul/2020 08:10:37

    You are all mad (and entertaining) as a box of frogs! Please never change...

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    Spanrz

    • 31/Jul/2020 07:06:17

    The focal length is very short. I find it odd that the Photographer would focus on her hand, not her face? Do you think this was on purpose?