Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
The Hippodrome opened on the 2nd of November 1907.
Designed by Bertie Crewe.
[http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] While I see you there, this one and the one of the Palace blow any theory about basing dates on Lawrence negative numbers out of the water. The Palace photo is Lawrence Royal 8983, and there's nary a sign of the Hippodrome. This one is Lawrence Royal 8383 - and the Hippodrome is built and up and running...
I see three references to the Van Host Trio in the Irish Times from 1907 to 1910, on the 12th, 15th and 17th of July 1908.
Notice the vanishing horse and man on the right, clearly the scene was posed for French's camera.
"Alexander Prince" appears several times, including June and July 1908. "Passmore Bros" gets two hits, July the 13th and 16th. "Jenny Hartley" gets a couple of hits in June and July,
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland It could be though that the Palace photo wasn't issued until later, there is at least one photo of the Vandeleur evictions marked in the 4000s despite the majority.
You've got boys, horses, a peeler and NO dog, poor Danny must be cheesed off at the discrimination against canines.
Mondays in July 1908 were the 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th.
When I was very young, I used to think a hippodrome was where hippos landed and took off. Blame Walt Disney - youtu.be/nEjPDS8Jp1E
From the North West Kent Family Historical Society (a pdf):
Thomas Passmore ... was a stage artist. He and his brother were known as "the Passmore Brothers - Eccentric Dancers and Jugglers". They had a quick change act.
"Jolly Jack" was the Christmas attraction at the Empire in Liverpool, 1899.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Whereas with my knowledge of greek and etymology I can now tell you that in fact it's where horses take off and land.
Jennie Hartley www.its-behind-you.com/princesbristol.html
Brothers Passmore www.arthurlloyd.co.uk/EraObitFiles/mol.htm
Sisters Sprightly sisterssprightly.blogspot.ca/
"Alexander Prince was born Alexander Sutherland in Aberdeen in around 1870. Prince played 51 and 71 key McCann Duet concertinas.".
This 1917 recording of his gives a flavour of the times....and possibly a reason why the place was demolished. More of his "extraordinary renditions" (more effective than later CIA tactics)
here. Check out No.177.
'Passmore Brothers' --poster--
Would it be awfully wild and reckless altogether to go then for Circa Monday, 6th July 1908??
Given what we can see of the date on the poster, and http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley's finding of the various artistes in July 1908...
I think it is certainly July 1908.
Our own http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] has this photo in his photostream - but I think he needs to update his date!!
Here is a photo of a man who played the Hippodrome on May 14th 1908.
From http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]'s Photostream - My husband's great grandfather was in Yiddish Theater in NY, London and other cities around the world. He died aboard the Lusitania in May 1915. (Note: This is a scanned image so the resolution is not good.)
According to the archives of Stage Magazine in London, he appeared as follows:
Yiddish Theater Actor: May 14, 1908: Belfast Hippodrome
[http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I posted that as a comparison to my 1988 photo of the same scene:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Restraining the wild recklessness then, Niall! July 1908 it is...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gerryward Oh dear, not so keen on the 1988 version of this site.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thank you for the location!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Oh absolutely! But that's why the negative numbers are not reliable as dating indicators...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Agreed, bloody nightmare for dating photos reliably!
I have just added this photo to our 50,000+ Views album.