Wagging tail and wagging tongues at the post office (Portrush, Co Antrim)

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Where: 11 Main St, Portrush BT56 8BL, UK

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This lovely shot by Robert French shows the Post Office in Portrush with a seemingly posed group - complete with a DOG! Anybody who can come up with the name of the dog will be guaranteed an Irish virtual sticky bun - not as exotic as the Australian version but very tasty nonetheless.

With thanks to the usually insightful contributions, it seems that we can narrow the 50-year catalogue range to perhaps a decade or two in the late 19th century (certainly the fashions point more to 1870s/1880s than the early 20th century). Niall McAuley and O Mac have also helped us map this image to the site of the "old" post office on Main Street Portrush. (The "new(er)" post office was built c.1908 and is now a library...)


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: c.1865-1914 (though likely c.1870s/1880s)

NLI Ref: L_CAB_03710

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    Dr. Ilia

    • 28/Oct/2016 08:00:06

    nicely framed

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    DannyM8

    • 28/Oct/2016 08:09:27

    Blackie, the dog

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 28/Oct/2016 08:13:02

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Close but no cigar (or virtual bun)! The owners were a bit more sophisticated than that!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 28/Oct/2016 08:35:15

    This site gives the date as 1875 (top right photo) - www.philsamusements.co.uk/old-portrush There was a new Post Office built in 1908 - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000325494 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000317538

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Oct/2016 11:13:37

    Possible Streetview? Not very confident, if correct all the 2 storey buildings are gone.

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    O Mac

    • 28/Oct/2016 11:26:41

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] I thought it could be this Streetview as it's on the brow of the hill as per photo? www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/30580676026/in/datepos...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Oct/2016 12:19:16

    In 1901 census, the PO was certainly on Main Street, and as house #5, [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]]'s suggestion looks good to me: www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai000274852/ In 1901, run by James W. Percy, 34.

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 28/Oct/2016 12:31:12

    the dog is Stamps, of course

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 28/Oct/2016 13:11:35

    ... or Licker ? :-b.. . .

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Oct/2016 13:31:23

    I would name him Stop. Funds low Stop [woof!] Please send more Stop [woof!]

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    fotobyanna

    • 29/Oct/2016 06:33:44

    Great photo. I think he did a lot of Greystones too. A real legacy to leave.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 29/Oct/2016 22:44:13

    Thanks [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] and [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] for the input on the location. The map and "brow of hill" suggestion looks sufficiently compelling that have mapped to that sport. Description and tags also updated!

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    O Mac

    • 30/Oct/2016 00:49:21

    Megazooms shows us that one building has stood the time. While the stone doorway is gone the 2nd floor windows still have the same mouldings while there's none on the top floor. ( he second three story building to the right) www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/30350890630/in/datepos...

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    thetarryburn

    • 30/Oct/2016 03:33:23

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] I wasn't convinced of the location as Main Street until I read the link to the census you posted. I had puzzled over the location since I first saw the photo a couple of years ago on the Phils Amusements site (link in post above from beachcomber australia). For the longest time I thought it was Upper Causeway Street on the opposite side of the street to where the Post Office ended up! The census has recognisable addresses that are spot on. For example the Belfast Bank and the Church of Ireland. Rodhich's Jewelers is still there: house number 2 in the census Hey well done you and O Mac.

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    philfluther

    • 01/Nov/2016 09:06:43

    Ups-a-daisy.

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    Karin Joy Passmore

    • 02/Nov/2016 14:57:50

    Please explain the row of shovels, little sailboats in trough of water, and attending woman...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 02/Nov/2016 21:22:45

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/wildmore2011] They are essential items for young beachcombers, put outside the shop to entice passing trade on their way to one of the local beaches. Several spades are seen being put to good use in another NLI photo of Portrush - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/8887541667/]

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 04/Nov/2016 01:29:55

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/wildmore2011] - As [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] points out, with its three sandy beaches and golf course(s), Portrush was a "beach-resort" town. And pretty much still is. Growing from a fishing village, the town saw a lot of development as a tourist destination when the railway line was opened in the mid-19th century. It drew even more tourists when the tramway to the Giant's Causeway opened at the end of the 19th century. Hence there would been a significant market for the buckets-and-spades pictured outside the shop :)

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    Karin Joy Passmore

    • 09/Nov/2016 14:36:49

    Thank you National Library of Ireland!! ~K~