Put your best foot forward

Download this image

More from this collection

Related by Where

Research Help!

Where: Munster, Waterford, Ireland

Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.

When: 01 October 1924

Try to find the date or year when this image was made.
At a time when “shanks mare” was used rather more, and was more dependable than other forms of transport, we can be sure that Dr. Scholl’s devices and treatments were a Godsend? Mr. Cahill’s shop on Barronstrand Street in Waterford shows a fine array of products, but also shows a great series of buildings reflected therein.

+++ UPDATE +++
Argument raged (in our usual friendly fashion) as to the exact location of this shop on Barronstrand Street, Waterford. Input from our roving Waterford Correspondent in California, Paul O'Farrell, helped Niall McAuley in this regard. Meanwhile, there are more Dr. Scholl’s foot products in this shop window than you could shake a walking stick at. Only you'd never need a walking stick again with all of these “Foot Comfort Appliances”. Bunion reducer, anyone? Or could we interest you in a Toe Flex or a Zino Pad?

Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Collection, Waterford

Date: Wednesday, 1 October 1924

NLI Ref: POOLEWP 3218

You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie

Info:

Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
Views: 5516
ahpoole arthurhenripoole glassnegative nationallibraryofireland barronstrandstreet waterford drscholls footdevices creams treatments poolephotographiccollection munster ireland internationalschoolofpractipedics johnmcgeary norvicshoes zinopads fixocornplasters practipedics footpowder bunions callouses corns toeflex pedicofootsoap footeazer scholl jamescahill 12barronstrandstreet

Add Tags
  • profile

    Foxglove

    • 03/Mar/2021 08:58:23

    my memory of Scholls were shaped wooden flip flop sandals and the white wooden cloggs worn by clinical staff..

  • profile

    cargeofg

    • 03/Mar/2021 09:06:19

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove Exactly the same memory as me. The pair my mother wore were a wooden sole with a single white or fawn colour adjustable leather strap.

  • profile

    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 03/Mar/2021 09:15:38

    Me too! A physiotherapist encouraged me to wear the wooden ones to help after breaking a leg twice in the late 1960s. Still waddle like a duck ... I can see Mr Poole (or his son?) and his equipment in the reflection.

  • profile

    O Mac

    • 03/Mar/2021 09:15:51

    One Scholl step for man, one giant step for mankind.

  • profile

    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 03/Mar/2021 09:21:39

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] That's not too bad! 1 October 1924 was a Wednesday ...

  • profile

    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Mar/2021 09:24:06

    I think I see a shop sign for O'Shea reflected. SEND US YOUR REPAIRS.

  • profile

    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 03/Mar/2021 09:30:44

    Since 1906 - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Scholl%27s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Scholl - "Scholl never married. He was characterized as quirky, carrying the skeleton of a foot in his pocket. He attributed his success to the motto, "early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise."[12] His brother Frank, who had helped set up the original company, had sons who were involved in the company and foot care. Most notable was his nephew, William Scholl, who designed a wooden sandal.

  • profile

    Carol Maddock

    • 03/Mar/2021 09:36:05

    I love a good shop window! And this is a very good shop window. John McGeary's certificate from the International School of Practipedics has pride of place.

  • profile

    Bernard Healy

    • 03/Mar/2021 09:41:56

    A history of Norvic Shoes: www.heritage.norfolk.gov.uk/record-details?MNF61982-Norvi...

  • profile

    suckindeesel

    • 03/Mar/2021 09:58:01

    Do men use Scholl products?

  • profile

    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 03/Mar/2021 10:00:31

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Scholl wrote the 1917 text book for their International School of Practipedics - www.amazon.com/ELEMENTARY-COURSE-PRACTIPEDICS-WILLIAM-SCH... (reminds me of McDonald's Degrees in Hamburgerology - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamburger_University )

  • profile

    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Mar/2021 10:11:51

    O Shea's is visible here: catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000594396 Suggests Cahills was next to the bank, in the former Dollards we saw before. No, I have it backwards! This shot of Coads is looking down Barronstrand st. from the South, and that O'Sheas is not on Barronstrand st at all. To see that O'Shea's shop (now Pandora on streetview) reflected in a Barronstrand street window, we must be right at the top end. I think Cahills must have been where Penneys is now. Here is Pandora reflected in Penneys window in Streetview Say 33 or 34 Barronstrand Street.

  • profile

    thebaz_dublin

    • 03/Mar/2021 10:41:05

    The most comfortable shoes - I remember my Aunt used wear them. B

  • profile

    Bernard Healy

    • 03/Mar/2021 11:07:28

    I haven't been able to find out anything about Cahill's of Barronstrand Street. However, McGeary is a relatively unusual name. John McGeary was a shop assistant living at The Quay when he married in 1916. civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/marri... He died aged 77 in 1967: civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/death...

  • profile

    cargeofg

    • 03/Mar/2021 11:14:17

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Yes . There was a Dr Scholl's talc powder for your feet.

  • profile

    John Spooner

    • 03/Mar/2021 11:19:24

    Book an appointment for Thursday, Friday and/or Saturday. Waterford Standard - Wednesday 15 August 1928 Waterford Standard - Wednesday 15 August 1928

  • profile

    John Spooner

    • 03/Mar/2021 11:43:00

    I don't know when James Cahill died, but on 19th April 1952 the Waterford Standard carried an obituary for Bridget Cahill of 25 St John's Hill. She was "widow of Mr James Cahill, who with Ald. Richard Hearne was the founder and proprietor of the boot and shoe manufacturing firm of Messrs. Hearne and Cahill". Is this the same James Cahill, or were there two James Cahills specialising in footwear?

  • profile

    Bernard Healy

    • 03/Mar/2021 11:45:39

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner] Thank you! Presumably James Cahill of John's Hill (Boot Merchant) who died in 1932: civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/death... 1911 Census: www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai003500009/

  • profile

    John Spooner

    • 03/Mar/2021 12:00:58

    The shop in Barronstrand St continued to advertise under the name "James Cahill" until 1939, when there was a "Great Clearance Sale. All stocks must go regardless of cost" (Waterford Standard - Saturday 13 May 1939)

  • profile

    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Mar/2021 12:21:18

    I see unlinkable postcards showing that the modern Costa on the corner with Blackfriars was an IMCO and a Chocolate shop in later years. Woolworths built a shop on the street in 1930. Phelans seems to have been on this part of the street throughout. Still no concrete street number for Cahills.

  • profile

    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Mar/2021 12:25:23

    Seems to be Corner shop, then Phelans, then Woolworths. So maybe Cahills was the corner shop?

  • profile

    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Mar/2021 12:28:30

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner 1&2 Barronstrand Street doesn't match todays shot, that'd be down at the quays.

  • profile

    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Mar/2021 12:46:41

    Old Waterford facts we need, I fear, I call https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] to appear! Shazam!

  • profile

    Bernard Healy

    • 03/Mar/2021 12:55:33

    1922 Newspaper has James Cahill at 1 & 2 Barronstrand Street. snap.waterfordcoco.ie/collections/enewspapers/WNS/1922/WN... See page 4 where he advertises "Dryfoot" boots. See also this 1911 shot showing 3 Barronstrand Street. catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000592715 Joseph Knox.

  • profile

    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 03/Mar/2021 13:00:16

    Colour Zino Pads box, from Canada and apparently museum-worthy: americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_135...

  • profile

    Bernard Healy

    • 03/Mar/2021 13:01:18

    Oh! And here is a 1907 (?) shot showing the low shop numbers in Barronstrand Street. commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Properties_along_or_near_...

  • profile

    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Mar/2021 13:06:14

    In 3219 next in the catalogue, there is a hint that below the window is a strip that said WATERFORD, maybe a brass plate.

  • profile

    Bernard Healy

    • 03/Mar/2021 13:14:43

    glenmore-history.com/2020/12/06/ From an interview of 1959 with a Mick Hanrahan: “Well, I suppose I’ll have to start now with the day I was born, although ’tis very little I can remember about that, but, dad — God be good to him — came from Powerswood, over near Thomastown. I was called after him; and God rest my mother, she was Hanora Mullins — they always called her Onie Mullins — from Gaulstown, here in Glenmore; and I was born on December 8, 1888, the very same year that Kilmacow footballers beat Wexford county team. I often heard them all talking about that match when I was a lad. We were living then in No. 2 Barronstrand Street, Waterford, and the place is a big shoe shop now."

  • profile

    Bernard Healy

    • 03/Mar/2021 13:25:05

    Hmmmm... 1902 Newspaper has Hearne & Cahill Bootmakers at 1 Barronstrand Street snap.waterfordcoco.ie/collections/enewspapers/WNS/1902/WN... See page 2.

  • profile

    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Mar/2021 13:32:20

    In the 1909-10 Thoms, James Cahill has an address on Johns Hill, while Cahill and Hearne have addresses at 15 Broad Street and Barronstrand Street Quay, which would presumably be the corner with #1 Barronstrand Street and the Quay.

  • profile

    Bernard Healy

    • 03/Mar/2021 13:34:23

    A little snippet about James Cahill: www.slieverue.com/slieverue/loc_hist/kilaspy_house.htm Thomas Sherlock sold the Sherlock Estate at Butlerstown, Co. Waterford, to Robert Backas in 1798 and went to live in Kilaspy House. He was succeeded by his son, Alexander, who sold it to S.T. Grubb of Waterford pre 1865. Sam Tom Grubb was a colourful character in the Waterford of his day. Grubb seems to have had a short tenure of the house as he sold it to Abraham Stephens for £850 in 1868. Stephens was from Duncannon, Co. Wexford, and was a successful businessman in Waterford city. He died circa 1890 and Kilaspy House again changed hands. It was owned for a short period by James Cahill of the Waterford firm of Hearne & Cahill, Footwear Manufacturers, before being in the possession of Miss King from Mount Pleasant.

  • profile

    Bernard Healy

    • 03/Mar/2021 13:43:48

    Hmmmm... from this 1894 Directory of Waterford... www.lennonwylie.co.uk/1894WaterfordDirectory.htm Barron Strand Street (Little) This is a continuation of Barron Strand Street, but the numbers were never changed, except Power Brothers, who, on their own responsibility, called their place of business 1, 2, 3 and uses those numbers on all their business documents. So in 1894, you have THREE premises which could be 1 Barron Strand Street 1. P. Tobin & Sons, furniture department 1. Mrs. Farrell, provision shop 1, 2, 3. Power Brothers, general drapers

  • profile

    suckindeesel

    • 03/Mar/2021 14:18:19

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] That's those colonials for you, they think anything before 1950 is an antique.

  • profile

    Carol Maddock

    • 03/Mar/2021 16:28:25

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Apparently, Mr O'Farrell is still abed over in that there Amerikay! He will be with us directly... :)

  • profile

    ofarrl

    • 03/Mar/2021 17:25:33

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] I'm afraid I don't know anything about Mr. Cahill and his shop but looking at the reflections in his window I would put the location on The Great Georges Street side, about where McDonalds is in this Streetview . Judging by the angle of the reflections O'Shea's is the closest building with the building that was later Coad's furthest away. That building appears to have the number 14 on the front.

  • profile

    ofarrl

    • 03/Mar/2021 17:33:46

    This is a good view of Broad Street, if you zoom in you can see Purcell's shop which was later O'Shea's. O'Shea kept the same shopfront.

  • profile

    silverio10

    • 03/Mar/2021 22:14:27

    Buenas fotos antiguas .

  • profile

    Foxglove

    • 04/Mar/2021 00:06:49

    I now have slippers on

  • profile

    Niall McAuley

    • 04/Mar/2021 09:14:05

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I think you have the angles right. I can't find a good old pic of that row of shops yet. I think the WATERFORD sign under the window might be present even before/after Cahills shop...