Striding along Sackville Street

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Lovely candid shot of a woman passing a newsagents on Sackville Street (now O'Connell Street), Dublin. This is from our Clarke Collection, most of which were taken between 1897 and 1904. Is there anything in this photo to help us narrow that date down? The headlines on the news posters are not very clear unfortunately...

Cathal ua Broin at no. 35 translates as Charles Byrne (thanks swordscookie & ccferrie).

Date: Circa 1902 (but definitely between 1897-1904)

NLI Ref.: CLAR2

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  1. John Spooner 16 months ago | reply

    Of no use in dating the picture but in estate-agentese a description of No 35
    from Freeman's Feb 27 1892

    SPLENDID BUSINESS PREMISES
    35 SACKVILLE STREET, UPPER
    (Within one door of Great Britain street)
    Formerly occupied by Messrs Thomas Webb and Co. There is a spacious, handsome, well-lighted Shop, modern front, with large Wareroom behind. The drawing room floor consistes of a suite of showrooms, which could be divided into Offices or Commercial Chambers, if desired. The upper floors are at present connected with the upper portion of the corner house, and let to a desirable tenant at £26. The premises are held for ever, subject to £42 per annum. The situation is a first-class one for any respectable business.

    Georege Webb & Co sold clothing Webbs address normally appears as 36 Sackville St (& 11 George St) up to this time, and in 1880 as 34,35 & 36.

    Arthur Webb sold boots & shoes at number 34 until 1892, when he announced he had closed the Sackville St shop and moved the stock to his shop in Westmoreland St.

    Incidentally, in 1889 in a list of business closing early one day, their address is given as 36 O'COnnnell ST.

  2. ccferrie 16 months ago | reply

    Well done once again, !

  3. swordscookie 16 months ago | reply

    Which probably means as I suggested that the boys were playing conkers rather than marbles. Well done guys, this is the best game in town watching you and the others weave your magic!

  4. Bwana_Samaki 16 months ago | reply

    Call me cynical but I find this picture just too good to be true and would say it is utterly posed rahter than a candid insight into Dublin street life.

  5. guliolopez 16 months ago | reply

    You are cynical :)

    FYI all. Family member was in Eason's earlier and spotted this on the shelves :)

  6. Niall McAuley 16 months ago | reply

    Here's something for yezzir Stockings

  7. Gerry Ward 16 months ago | reply

    Something beginning with 'P' has been edited out of the version on the cover of "The World Upturning"! :-)

  8. blackpoolbeach 16 months ago | reply

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  9. blackpoolbeach 16 months ago | reply

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  10. spesnova10 16 months ago | reply

    They come as a boon and a blessing to men, the Pickwick, the Owl and the Waverly Pen...old advertising slogan

  11. Niall McAuley 16 months ago | reply

    Good catch, spesnova10!

    I see that advertising slogan in a newspaper from 1875, so it is a lot older than this photo!

  12. DaithiDePaor 15 months ago | reply

    The poster to the left of the Irish Times is headed "An Claideamh Solais" in stylised Gaelic script. Under the Irish Times I can make out "Conference Proposed-Important Decision-Education Bill" Under the Sporting(?) Chronicle is listed "Phoenix Park, Kempton, Haydock, Duke of York Stakes. Under the "Relief Fund" poster, the last line reads "Irish Party Meeting". Does all this help or hinder????

  13. ccferrie 15 months ago | reply

    An Claidheamh Soluis was first published in 1899 so that narrows the field a bit. Thanks . Incidentally it was edited by Pádraig Pearse between 1903 and 1909.

  14. National Library of Ireland on The Commons 15 months ago | reply

    Definitely helps, thanks! As says, it puts a date of after 1899 beyond any doubt!

    I tried some of your phrases in the Irish Times for that period, but sadly couldn't find a particular edition...

  15. HSOM 15 months ago | reply

    Seen from scandinavia I look at it from a litle more tecknical side. Compere whit the foto of to day. Look om the shape and the brightnes. Will the fotos of to day last a 100 years?
    And then - look at the 4 yougsters in the rear. What are they doing - they seam to have at least som fun.

  16. blackpoolbeach 15 months ago | reply

    Electric tram wires are visible.
    "By January 1901 the entire city system, which covered about 60 miles (97 km) to 66 miles (106 km), was electrified".
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dublin_tramways

  17. National Library of Ireland on The Commons 15 months ago | reply

    Hopefully the photos of today will last, but only if they're printed, or digitally preserved in formats that can be migrated...

    And yes, those boys almost steal the limelight from the hurrying lady! :)

  18. National Library of Ireland on The Commons 15 months ago | reply

    Which helps strengthen our circa 1902 date, Old Pete!

  19. Robinson_Luzo 6 months ago | reply

    The Irish Times on Thursday October 30th 1902 reported that a conference had been proposed about land issues in Limerick by a Lord Dunraven. It also reported that several nationalist MPs had absented themselves from a debate about an education bill, but that a few had remained to discuss this 'important bill'. I can't recall if the Times mentioned the conference the day before but the bill had been slowly progressing through parliament for a week and the actions reported on the 30th were a surprise. Could we say its the 30th of October 1902 (give or take a day?)

  20. Robinson_Luzo 5 months ago | reply

    Did some further research on this and the meeting I referred to above was the first of a series which would eventually culminate in the 1903 land act a few months later.

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