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Where: Northern Ireland, Londonderry, United Kingdom

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When: 01 June 1897

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Well now, that surely is a fine display in celebration of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee on Alma Place in Coleraine.

Think that J. McQuillan - shop doorway on left behind gaggle (or giggle?) of children - is a Flesher! Not as sinister as it sounds... But with a lot of sharp knives about, wonder if that's Mr McQuillan leaning on the cart with a heavily bandaged hand in a sling?

Asked if anyone could cast any light on the triangular "flag" just above the image of Queen Victoria? Upper left quadrant has an apparent upside down ankh, while the upper right has a fish. Turned out that "upside down ankh" was a sword - Coleraine coat of arms. Thanks Niall McAuley and derangedlemur.

Date: June 1897 (but can we narrow it down further?)

NLI Ref.: L_CAB_07089

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
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    John Spooner

    • 04/Mar/2013 09:25:14

    According to the Belfast Newsletter, Jubilee day was June 21st

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 04/Mar/2013 09:27:38

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner Thank you, John. We're surely safe with June 1897 then... Who is your new profile pic?

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    DannyM8

    • 04/Mar/2013 09:45:16

    There is a Salmon on the town crest denoting the river bann

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    John Spooner

    • 04/Mar/2013 09:50:15

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] It's my great-grandfather. Read about him here and here. As a Methodist minister, he changed his 'station' every two years, so he pops up all over the place. Back to Coleraine. The Belfast Newsletter reported on the celebrations in detail, including Coleraine. There are also reports of the extremely lively 'celebrations' in Cork, Limerick and Dublin.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 04/Mar/2013 09:50:54

    I got very lost trying to find this - GoogleMapsStreetView

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    John Spooner

    • 04/Mar/2013 10:12:15

    The people pictured are obviously possibly very excited about the upcoming first-ever Coleraine Dog, Poultry and Cage Bird Show, due to be held on the 8th and 9th July, according to the Belfast Newsletter 26th June. Schedules and particulars available from the secretary, Dr W.H Caldwell J.P.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 04/Mar/2013 10:30:24

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] That explains the fish maybe, and the Ankh-ish thing?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 04/Mar/2013 10:32:58

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia You certainly did get lost! That Google url is bringing me to France...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 04/Mar/2013 10:41:07

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Oops! Sorry. It works for me but through google.com.au . Please somebody, post a good link.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/Mar/2013 10:42:50

    A red cross and a sword on a white field is in the arms of Derry, from London's.: Argent a cross gules, in the first quarter a sword in pale point upwards of the last.

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    John Spooner

    • 04/Mar/2013 10:45:05

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Your link works OK for me, although one of the shops is called 'Rendezvous'.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 04/Mar/2013 10:54:18

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner rollta ar an urlár ag gáire ...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/Mar/2013 10:54:24

    Hugh Bradley and family, of Alma Place, in the 1901 census.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/Mar/2013 10:56:07

    James McQuillan, flesher, ditto.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/Mar/2013 11:03:55

    Alexander Johnston

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 04/Mar/2013 11:06:41

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Sorted now! As you were... :) Plus bualadh bos on your Irish! It's Seachtain na Gaeilge in Ireland this week.

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    mogey

    • 04/Mar/2013 11:10:04

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia the link worked for me. The townscape has really changed, the church tower and gable wall with two high windows are just about all that remains the same

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/Mar/2013 11:11:38

    Hignett's Cavalier Tobacco and Cigarettes

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    derangedlemur

    • 04/Mar/2013 11:17:42

    It's the town coat of arms. Here's a 1906 one for sale: www.ebay.com.au/itm/c1906-COLERAINE-Heraldic-Coat-Arms-/3...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 04/Mar/2013 11:25:29

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Aha! It's a sword. Thank you.

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    derangedlemur

    • 04/Mar/2013 11:25:59

    The last time I sang in St Patricks in Coleraine, the town drunk charged in about half way through, ran up to the altar, spread his arms and threw his head back and shouted "I am saved". Two kind men showed him to a seat. There were much murmers of support for his auntie, who was a civic dignitary at the time and present at the service. Edit: Actually, now I think of it, I'm not sure if it was his aunt or uncle who was the civic dignitary. The local mayor was somebody else's auntie, but the civic dignitary in question wasn't local. It was all a long time ago.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 04/Mar/2013 11:30:24

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] And thanks, Niall, re Coat of Arms - missed your comment earlier... What do we make of Alexander Johnston, alleged Gel Merchant (in transcription, but see original form)??

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    derangedlemur

    • 04/Mar/2013 11:36:31

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Fish merchant. Which is consistent with the look of his shop.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/Mar/2013 11:44:58

    The Lennon Wylie page agrees: as of the 1901 Street Directory, we have: Johnston, Alex., fishmonger, Kingsgate Street

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 04/Mar/2013 11:56:18

    Fish Merchant it is, thanks. That's a long way from Gel Merchant...

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    derangedlemur

    • 04/Mar/2013 13:04:02

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Unless he sold jellyfish.

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    Swordscookie

    • 04/Mar/2013 13:07:41

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland He may have been a "Gelly Fish Merchant?

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    derangedlemur

    • 04/Mar/2013 13:12:41

    Or is "Gel Merchant" (hard G) a posh term for pimp?

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    robinparkes

    • 04/Mar/2013 13:51:25

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia I got the street view from your link.

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    DannyM8

    • 04/Mar/2013 15:34:22

    Carol, I have been looking at some of the other Flickr operations on the Commons, It is hard to find another institution that comes even close to emulating what goes on here. The NLI commons operation is something very special. I know that the general mood in Ireland at the moment is to slag off our public service and our public servants. In this instance we see an institution, ahead of its peers worldwide that provides a pioneering service over its social media platforms. As http://www.flickr.com/photos/alimarante might say, the others have a lot to learn from http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland

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    DannyM8

    • 04/Mar/2013 16:03:04

    And another Dog today!!

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    ccferrie

    • 04/Mar/2013 17:00:30

    +1 to what http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ says!

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    ccferrie

    • 04/Mar/2013 17:03:24

    I wonder is there a parade on the way or would the photographer be enough of a draw to attract such attention. The young lad looking out the upstairs window on the right looks like he's expecting something interesting to happen.

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    woodworker_34

    • 04/Mar/2013 20:40:39

    I see a new use for the weights of a balance weighting scales hanging from the corners and center of the banner another great photo thank you for posting.

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    mcginley2012

    • 04/Mar/2013 21:55:21

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Well said. NLI photostream and the banter that goes with it is very special. Entertaining and informative too.

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 05/Mar/2013 04:18:40

    Here's the crest in colour. www.ebay.co.uk/itm/c1906-COLERAINE-Heraldic-Coat-Arms-/37...

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 05/Mar/2013 04:20:39

    No one's going to say it? Fine... " We are amused"... To rip off a certain Miss Vicky :)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 05/Mar/2013 08:24:04

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thank you very much for that lovely (and unexpected) comment! Went home beaming from ear to ear yesterday... :)

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    excellentzebu1050

    • 07/Mar/2013 21:01:06

    Excellent picture

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/Nov/2015 18:18:52

    I have just added this photo to our 50,000+ Views Album https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/sets/72157651136879037