Hippodrome, Belfast

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Where: Northern Ireland, Belfast, United Kingdom

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When: 01 July 1908

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We've seen The Palace/Grand Opera House in Belfast before, but that was before this architectural extravaganza was built and opened next door.

Photographer: Almost certainly Robert French of Lawrence Photographic Studios, Dublin

Date: July 1908

NLI Ref.: L_ROY_08383

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    Niall McAuley

    • 26/Aug/2013 07:48:44

    The Hippodrome opened on the 2nd of November 1907.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 26/Aug/2013 07:52:24

    Designed by Bertie Crewe.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 26/Aug/2013 07:54:08

    [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...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 26/Aug/2013 08:06:43

    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.

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    Robinson_Luzo

    • 26/Aug/2013 08:11:11

    Notice the vanishing horse and man on the right, clearly the scene was posed for French's camera.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 26/Aug/2013 08:13:15

    "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,

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    Robinson_Luzo

    • 26/Aug/2013 08:13:16

    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.

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    Swordscookie

    • 26/Aug/2013 08:19:14

    You've got boys, horses, a peeler and NO dog, poor Danny must be cheesed off at the discrimination against canines.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 26/Aug/2013 08:19:34

    Mondays in July 1908 were the 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 26/Aug/2013 08:23:50

    When I was very young, I used to think a hippodrome was where hippos landed and took off. Blame Walt Disney - youtu.be/nEjPDS8Jp1E

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    Niall McAuley

    • 26/Aug/2013 08:32:14

    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.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 26/Aug/2013 08:57:35

    "Jolly Jack" was the Christmas attraction at the Empire in Liverpool, 1899.

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    B-59

    • 26/Aug/2013 09:51:54

    Streetview: maps.google.com/maps?q=Grand+Opera+House,+Great+Victoria+...

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    derangedlemur

    • 26/Aug/2013 10:51:46

    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.

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    La Belle Province

    • 26/Aug/2013 11:25:07

    Jennie Hartley www.its-behind-you.com/princesbristol.html Brothers Passmore www.arthurlloyd.co.uk/EraObitFiles/mol.htm Sisters Sprightly sisterssprightly.blogspot.ca/

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    O Mac

    • 26/Aug/2013 11:43:00

    "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--

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 26/Aug/2013 16:09:40

    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...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 26/Aug/2013 16:25:51

    I think it is certainly July 1908.

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    DannyM8

    • 26/Aug/2013 17:07:26

    Our own http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] has this photo in his photostream - but I think he needs to update his date!! http://www.flickr.com/photos/gerryward/2298248119/

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    DannyM8

    • 26/Aug/2013 17:10:46

    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]/7922983226/

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    Gerry Ward

    • 26/Aug/2013 17:35:20

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I posted that as a comparison to my 1988 photo of the same scene: New Vic, Great Victoria Street, Belfast, 1988

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 26/Aug/2013 19:11:59

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Restraining the wild recklessness then, Niall! July 1908 it is...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 26/Aug/2013 19:23:11

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gerryward Oh dear, not so keen on the 1988 version of this site.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 26/Aug/2013 19:33:36

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thank you for the location!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 26/Aug/2013 19:40:34

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Oh absolutely! But that's why the negative numbers are not reliable as dating indicators...

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    Robinson_Luzo

    • 27/Aug/2013 14:28:20

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Agreed, bloody nightmare for dating photos reliably!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Jun/2017 22:32:02

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