Bare feet and brown boots in Limavady

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Where: N Ireland, Causeway Coast and Glens, UK

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The whole town of Limavady appears to have come out to pose for the photographer in this image. One man even brought his motorcycle, or what we used to call them back in the day "his autocycle"! Boys and girls in their best bib and tucker, some with packages and one with a bag, but nary a sign of a dog!!

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Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: between 1900-1920 1907 - 1912

NLI Ref: EAS_2865

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    O Mac

    • 02/Feb/2021 09:47:53

    Today is the 49th anniversary of the British Embassy burning. Tempus fugit.

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    unci_narynin

    • 02/Feb/2021 09:48:33

    As the shop sign says "Royal Enfield Cycles", that's a retailer/repair shop for those motorbikes.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 02/Feb/2021 09:52:30

    James Cycle Co. on sign. I have no idea if that motorcycle is a James, but if it is, it is likely to be after 1904 ... "1904 saw the arrival of what was claimed to be the first ever loop frame that provided a sturdier mounting for what was now an F.N. engine." From - famousjamesmotorcycleclub.webs.com/history.htm

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Feb/2021 09:54:36

    Bernard McLaughlin, spirit dealer is in 1907 directory, not 1901.

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    suckindeesel

    • 02/Feb/2021 09:56:15

    Looks like the local cycle shop. Signs for The James Cycle Co., Royal Enfield Cycles, Pratts motor spirit (not to be confused with Spratts dog cakes next door) and BSA (Birmingham Small Arms) with their three stacked rifles logo. The guy on the left reminds me of Sean Connery

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Feb/2021 10:24:49

    The name's Gault, Marshall Gault, Cycle Agent. 39 in 1911 census.

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    cargeofg

    • 02/Feb/2021 10:25:42

    Motor cycle is I believe to be a Rex. The one below is the closest photo I could find. Note shape of tank and logo. No info on photo as to exact year and model. www.flickr.com/photos/apjones/9297143627/in/photolist-fay...

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    cargeofg

    • 02/Feb/2021 10:26:51

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rex-Acme At a guess motorcycle in our photo is 1905/1907. Direct drive belt introduced. Above photo has pedals so would be an earlier bike 1902?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Feb/2021 10:33:17

    I think it is before 1911 census. Morrison a few doors down is in 1901, not 1911.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Feb/2021 10:36:24

    1907 to 1911

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    DannyM8

    • 02/Feb/2021 10:50:54

    It's a poor town that does not have a Dog.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 02/Feb/2021 10:58:08

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Good call with Rex! Flickr is sometimes amazing! 1903 Rex via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/mattj/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/mattj/3394292237/] See also - commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rex_1903_onbekend_1.jpg

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 02/Feb/2021 11:07:32

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] The Dogs were all on Main Street at 11:05 - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000558501 William Ritchie & Son were snap-happy that day in Limavady.

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    cargeofg

    • 02/Feb/2021 11:57:27

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustraliaThanks. It did test the little grey cells. But I knew I had seen similar it in a Banbury Run photo at some stage. Tank is pretty distinctive.

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    suckindeesel

    • 02/Feb/2021 12:25:33

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ what about Spratts dog cakes, sound yummy

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    suckindeesel

    • 02/Feb/2021 12:29:32

    What's the Eason connection? Photo is marked WR&S William Ritchie & Sons, Ltd. (WR&S) 1902-1928 London, England and Edinburg, Scotland A publisher of a great number of view-cards depicting Great Britain and Ireland. Most were issued under the Reliable Series name. Their cards were printed in a variety of techniques but mostly as tinted collotypes.

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    suckindeesel

    • 02/Feb/2021 12:42:06

    REX 3 1/2 HP 1904, looks very like ours. Yours for £22,500 m.classic-trader.com/uk/motorcycle/listing/rex/3-1-2-hp/1...

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    suckindeesel

    • 02/Feb/2021 13:16:17

    Looks like a Shell motor spirits sign hidden behind the Pratts sign. I don't think we've seen this one before. May provide an earliest date.

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    suckindeesel

    • 02/Feb/2021 13:34:32

    The BSA sign on the side the of the shop is interesting. It's an add, not for complete bikes, but for "fittings", which they supplied up to 1907 before producing complete bikes from 1908 www.gracesguide.co.uk/BSA:_Bicycles

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    cargeofg

    • 02/Feb/2021 13:56:22

    www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Plaque-Emaillee-Shell-Motor-Spirit-Ena... [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Looks like this one. I am sure we have seen one like this before on NLI

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    suckindeesel

    • 02/Feb/2021 14:03:39

    "In 1905 advertising for Shell motor spirit began", according to www.autobulbsdirect.co.uk/blog/when-petrol-was-motor-spirit/

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 02/Feb/2021 14:23:06

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Well done on identification of the Rex!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 02/Feb/2021 14:27:27

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley I have updated the date on your suggestion, let me know if it can be refined further.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Feb/2021 15:51:23

    Thompson's shop has been replaced, but the buildings where Gaults and McLaughlins were are still standing. Check the chimney pots and the metal strap around the corner in this streetview: goo.gl/maps/icCKxeNBjMXBddVWA

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    suckindeesel

    • 02/Feb/2021 17:38:37

    Further down on the left is a grocers advertising "The Home and Colonial wonderful tea 1/6 per pound" "Smooth down the Avenue glitters the bicycle, Black-stockinged legs under navy blue serge, Home and Colonial, Star, International, Balancing bicycle leant on the verge" John Betjeman Telegraph/telephone poles but no street lighting.

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 02/Feb/2021 17:45:34

    What's the burlap bag beside the boy leaning on the wall? Coo? Foo?. Food something.

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    suckindeesel

    • 02/Feb/2021 17:55:15

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ The Rex had an engine size of 373cc and that 3 1/2 HP is according to the archaic RAC rating for road tax purposes then used. It's actual power might be around 1 HP

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    cargeofg

    • 02/Feb/2021 18:07:46

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Looking at wiki Rex used a variety of engines over the years .

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    suckindeesel

    • 02/Feb/2021 21:57:45

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Probably not a sack of cookies

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Feb/2021 07:54:55

    "food" is sometimes used to mean fertilizer.

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    nannyjean35

    • 05/Feb/2021 11:27:07

    the good old days

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    suckindeesel

    • 26/Mar/2021 23:11:50

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] youtu.be/-4QUhygfPKI Old newsreel including a 1903 Rex at around 1-minute