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Back to the North Coast and to the lovely town of Whitehead today with the Eason Collection, and a visit to the local yacht club! This has most things – ladies in their finery, children playing at the boats, boats, chains and anchors, even boys with their toys, but nary a sail in sight!

Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: between 1900-1939

NLI Ref: EAS_0838

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    • 02/Jun/2021 07:35:02

    To be fair, the two boys on the slipway have a model yacht with sails.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 02/Jun/2021 07:44:08

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] true but if they go down to the water in those clothes they'll get a thick ear for their trouble:-)

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    • 02/Jun/2021 08:05:49

    The building survives, with additions and subtractions - fewer windows. In 2006 from across the railway line to the left, via https://www.flickr.com/photos/fossie/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/fossie/173736557/

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Jun/2021 08:17:35

    Nearby Streetview

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Jun/2021 08:20:01

    From the club history page 6 March 1909 Cost of building Club House £415.00 Dowther Brothers agreed to give £15.00 for the old Club House (photograph on General Room wall) Opening Day to be 5 June 1909 also: Proposal to change name of the Club to County Antrim Yacht Club due to large number of people who were members who also lived in Belfast. Ladies only allowed in Club House until 7.00 p.m.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Jun/2021 08:28:37

    That page says the architects were Gregory&Hall, Belfast. THe DIA knows them, but not this work. www.dia.ie/architects/view/2267/GREGORY%26HALL#tab_works

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    John Spooner

    • 02/Jun/2021 09:51:03

    According to the Belfast News-letter Weekly Telegraph on the day of the official opening, the ground floor (780 sq ft) was for storage of racing craft during winter. On the first floor were the verandah (30ft by 6ft), general room (30ft by 15 ft), committee room (12ft by 10ft) as well as porch, hall, lavatories etc. The top floor had the billiard room with a full-sized Orme table, and a room for the officers of the club.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Jun/2021 10:26:04

    Per this postcards page on WR&S: William Ritchie ran a bookseller and wholesale stationer’s business there and after his death in 1900, it was taken over by his two sons who began to issue postcards as early as 1903. The company, best known for its Reliable Series, produced a vast number of cards in the years before World War One. Another page says: WR&S Ltd, Edinburgh were publishers of Reliable Series of post cards and related products. William Ritchie & Sons, Ltd. = WR&S . It seems the published from 1902-1928.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Jun/2021 12:24:21

    From the ladies fashions, I'd say we are in that 1910-20 range rather than later.

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    • 02/Jun/2021 16:42:49

    The OSNI 3rd edition (1900 - 1909) shows no clubhouse, of course. However, the railway footbridge just visible is shown much further away, not the current position as in picture. Can anybody date its relocation? Edit. Must be mistaken re location of F.B., although it does look close. See www.atlasobscura.com/places/victorian-walkway

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    • 02/Jun/2021 21:35:08

    I think today's photo is before 1914 (at latest) 'cos there is a Lawrence reverse view with added telephone poles, a sign on the balcony, and the bottom floor has been painted (not blotchy render as here) - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000318668 Another Eason (not marked as WR&S) with painted bottom floor - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000556631 A Lawrence WITHOUT painted bottom floor, but with a diamond-shaped 'Telegraph Cable' sign beyond, not visible in today's - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000317181 And a distant Lawrence WITH painted bottom floor and phone poles, possibly same visit as the reverse view - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000332333 It's complicated, but not impossible! 1909 - 1914 ... but nearer 1909.

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    • 02/Jun/2021 21:53:42

    Another thought, which I only recently became aware of due to protests against Trump, and also women's rights in Australia - Suffragette White, which became 'fashionable' from 1908. I wonder if those ladies in white in this photo were sympathetic - why would they not be? "..Stung by the stereotypical image of the strong minded woman in masculine clothes created by newspaper cartoonists, the suffragettes resolved to present a fashionable, feminine image when appearing in public. In 1908 the co-editor of the WSPU's newspaper, Votes for Women, Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, designed the suffragettes' colour scheme of purple for loyalty and dignity, white for purity, and green for hope. Fashionable London shops Selfridges and Liberty sold tricolour-striped ribbon for hats, rosettes, badges and belts, as well as coloured garments, underwear, handbags, shoes, slippers and toilet soap.[23] As membership of the WSPU grew it became fashionable for women to identify with the cause by wearing the colours, often discreetly in a small piece of jewellery or by carrying a heart-shaped vesta case[24][23] and in December 1908 the London jewellers, Mappin & Webb, issued a catalogue of suffragette jewellery in time for the Christmas season.[25] Sylvia Pankhurst said at the time: "Many suffragists spend more money on clothes than they can comfortably afford, rather than run the risk of being considered outré, and doing harm to the cause". From - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suffragette#WSPU_campaigns