November 21, 1920

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    Apologies for the abysmal quality of this one, but still like it for the sense of immediacy. W.D. Hogan took this photo of a blaze at Paul and Vincent's Chemical Works on Sir John Rogerson's Quay.

    This was the report of the fire in the Irish Independent on Monday, 22 November 1920:
    "A large section of Messrs. Paul and Vincent's chemical works, [Sir John] Rogerson's quay, Dublin, was destroyed by fire yesterday. Three sections of the Fire Brigade arrived, but the fire had got such a grip that their efforts were restricted to preventing it spreading. This occupied fully 4 hours. The damage runs into thousands. The Brigade remained at work during the night. Two firemen, Joseph Byrne and James Walshe, were caught by a falling wall. Mr. Byrne has his left arm fractured and both legs bruised. Mr. Walsh [sic] got an ugly wound on the head. They were promptly removed to Sir Patrick Dun's Hospital."

    Unsure whether this was normal practice for the Irish Independent, but the above article was immediately followed by an ad for insurance from Hibernian Fire and General Insurance of Dame Street, Dublin!

    Date: Sunday, 21 November 1920

    NLI Ref.: HOG174

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    1. Peter Denton 40 months ago | reply

      There's no need to apologise - this is a great documentary 'action' shot from the 1920s which really captures the drama of the event.

      So far as the ad's concerned... when I worked on newspapers as a reporter in the 1960s, spaces on the pages were allocated for ads, but we (in the editorial department) never knew what the content of the ads were - they were just blank spaces during the production process. If that's how it was at the Irish Independent way back then, it's likely to be coincidence - a nice one, though!

    2. National Library of Ireland on The Commons 40 months ago | reply

      The next ad was for Minimax Hand Fire Extinguishers and proclaimed "50,230 actual fires extinguished by the Minimax Hand Fire Extinguisher since January, 1904 (include many indendiary burnings). Refills free; inspections free; & Descriptive pamphlet free from Minimax Ltd., Dublin."

      Sadly, I would imagine that business was booming in Ireland at this time...

    3. artur sikora 40 months ago | reply

      magical image...
      as Peter said "no need to apologise" ...

    4. National Library of Ireland on The Commons 40 months ago | reply

      Thanks, Artur! Hope your exhibition went well?

    5. John Edward Ewing [deleted] 40 months ago | reply

      Quite a Photo. Looks like it took out most of that Place.

    6. dudeman25 40 months ago | reply

      still it shows how photography has changed since then

    7. richard39a 39 months ago | reply

      No apology required! This is a superb addition to the photostream

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