Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
Betting that some of you were reared in a house with an ODEAREST mattress?
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland You completely spoil me with a wonderful clock showing noon! And it's my birthday!
I would have made the advertisement, "Put your money under a good mattress." Safer than banks.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/32162360@N00/ Shamelessly going to pretend that we knew! Happy Birthday!
The CZO reg. on the Hillman Hunter would suggest post 1968.
I think it is a Sunbeam Arrow / Hunter bottom right, which means the photo is 1966+ ...
We had a number of these DCC shots of O'Connell Street previously, and fillum ads dated them to Nov-Dec 1971, likely early December:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/47290943@N03/ The bus is RA97 which was in service between 1960 and 1981…..
In Streetview, there are some plusses and minuses. On the plus side, there is less tacky signage, you can see the architectural detail of the building. There is more pedestrian space and less tarmac for cars. There are some nice trees.
On the minus side, the old 1930s streetlamps are replaced with ugly yokes, and the shop is a bookies now, like every shop that isn't flogging phones.
I wonder if it's just coincidence that Jameson & Lapedus, solicitors, have their premises in the same building as Jameson's Diamond Ring House at 33 O'Connell Street.
The jeweller Jameson also had shops at 75 Grafton Street and 40 Henry Street ("Ear Piercing by Specialists" small ad in Irish Independent - Tuesday 16 April 1974)
There used to always be ads in the cinema for the jewellers. Not the super slick Rothmans and Cinzano ads, just still of a card with the address and badly edited sound: clunks microphone OI, YOU UP THE BACK! BUY HER A RING YOU CHEAPSKATE PERVERT!
Google Earth Link
Chas F Ryan, D.B.O.A, F.I.A, qualified ophthalmic optician, opened his new consulting rooms at Shannon Chambers, 30A Lr. O'Connell Street Opposite old GPO), on 9th August 1921.
He already had consulting rooms in Henry Street (1919) and in Belfast at least as far back as 1911. He made monthly visits to Sligo, Ballaghadereen, Ballina, Boyle and Longford (and no doubt elsewhere).
And he liked to advertise.
The business was still there in 1974 The address given is 32 O'Connell Street.
Those cast concrete (1936/39) lamp posts were removed from O Connell Street in 1973
http://www.flickr.com/photos/32162360@N00/ Happy Birthday young man!! Have a great day.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79549245@N06 Thank you!
Has the clock gone to clock heaven? Not there on streetview or Flickr photos after about 2015. Evidently it represents the Children of Lir -
"It all begins with King Lir – the ruler of the Irish sea. His wife, and mother to his four children passed away, and the King went on to marry his sister in law – Aoife.
Although fond of her new stepchildren at first, Aoife went on to resent them. So much so that she had them turned into swans.
The sentence lasted for 900 years and it would only be broken when a bell signalled the arrival of St. Patrick.".
Did the swans go round and round? In 2013 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/infomatique/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/infomatique/10501486376/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Absolutely take your point re December 1971. Always worth double-checking though. Collections can be shneaky things. :D
https://www.flickr.com/photos/apl-irl Thank you. Added RA Class, and RA 97 to tags.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia In hard-to-link facebook posts, I read:
Dublin City Council have been in touch with us to advise that the clock was removed on health & safety grounds as it was 'beyond repair' and 'about to fall apart'.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Flippin' Elfin Safety!
The Diamond Ring House advertised for years in the newspapers as EAR PIERCING BY SPECIALISTS
RA97's reg# was HZA 222.
Here she is out the sticks.
RA97 new 6/1960; w/d 6/1981 and scrapped 10/1981
https://www.flickr.com/photos/91549360@N03 I just about remember getting on those buses with no doors, just a pole at the back corner. I don't remember them in green, they were blue and cream as in this shot.
Niall McAuley It may look better architecturally, but the drug addicts up every laneway, the homeless, the crappy shops and the takeaways have all taken the gloss off what was once a fine boulevard
[http://www.flickr.com/photos/184711311@N04/] Yes... Crumlin Road.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/91549360@N03/ Yes, the very spot
https://www.flickr.com/photos/91549360@N03/ Not forgetting the box at the platform for “missed fairs”
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/47297387@N03/] Did anyone ever hear of a book called ‘Have You Ever Tried to Sell a Diamond? And Other Investigations of the Diamond Trade’ by E. J. Epstein
https://www.flickr.com/photos/91549360@N03/ Oh, I remember that pole all right!
A potentially fatal mistake was to catch hold of that pole and attempt to board as the bus was pulling away.
‘Sanitized’, must be Murican
"Put your Money in a Good Matress"; given todays savings rates, still the best advice.
I was hoping the VW ad on the building would help, but no luck. Here's info on the building at least: www.buildingsofireland.ie/buildings-search/building/50010...
www.ebay.com/itm/354746050919 at least 1963 for the ad
https://www.flickr.com/photos/91549360@N03 I was pretty close lol
Above is a German home-market TV ad using the same "It goes and goes..." slogan and below a US-market print ad;
https://www.flickr.com/photos/12458821@N08 Thank you. Mary
One of my earliest childhood memories of trips into town, was that Odearest sign. Mattress was blue. I remember thinking it was a van though and the nana was repairing it!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/davegkelly A Volkswagen van, Dave? :D I can't remember the mattress colour at all, just the general ODearestness of the whole sign.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Now that you mention it, yes a VW van!