General Post Office, O'Connell Street, Dublin City, Co. Dublin

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Where: Earl St N, North City, Dublin, Ireland

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Trams, trams and more trams, the GPO, the Metropole and O'Connell Street from the Clery's side makes an interesting shot for this Thursday Friday.

The frieze on the top of the GPO looks different, so we thought perhaps this was taken before the Rising. Not so apparently per comments below.

As this will likely be our last posting in 2016 (the centenary/anniversary year of the 1916 Rising) we thought this an appropriate one to close the year with. Thanks all!


Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: c.1900-1939 (Though after 1920s per comments. And possibly c.1928)

NLI Ref: EAS_1743

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 23/Dec/2016 09:29:09

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] Ahem! It's Friday. Two more sleeps ...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 23/Dec/2016 09:33:45

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] I am completely at sea! I was thinking it was Thursday and now I've lost a day, drat! Could you rewind the world a little bit????

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    O Mac

    • 23/Dec/2016 09:36:18

    Post rising. mid to late 1920's ? It's 10:30 and there's an elephant on a window ledge. On the side of No.8 can be seen "DunLaoghaire". It was Kingstown prior to 1920.

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 23/Dec/2016 14:10:19

    The street sign for Princes Street is in the (then) modern style which - I believe - were erected during the city-wide makeover around the time of the Eucharistic Congress. Thus narrowing the time window to after 1931/2. The corresponding ones in Dun Laoghaire Borough were a distinctive mustard colour, the Dublin City & County ones were green. Note the distinctive border.flic.kr/s/aHsk1L527d

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 23/Dec/2016 14:14:53

    Here's nearby Henry Place today . . IMAG0007_1

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    Pittou2

    • 23/Dec/2016 14:55:46

    Vue Dans Déplacement Train dans le petit matin Train Électrique Fleischmann a voir ICI !!!! youtu.be/rL2oxYb1RCo

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    RETRO STU

    • 23/Dec/2016 18:00:49

    Definitely post-1920.

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 23/Dec/2016 20:16:13

    Why are the street signs, re-construction sign, and clock so high? Perhaps for the folk on the top deck of the trams !

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 23/Dec/2016 22:45:10

    Thanks all we thought this image of the GPO a suitable one to close this centenary year of the Rising. Thanks for the input on likely date (and day :) ). Map/description/etc all updated. Likely there will be more to spot and discuss over the break - hopefully enough to keep all entertained :) Beannachtaí na féile oraibh go léir!

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 27/Dec/2016 16:02:04

    We've seen the "Donnelly's bacon" ad on the tram in the middle before...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Dec/2016 16:44:39

    The Metropole cinema opened on the site of the destroyed Metropole Hotel in 1922. The GPO was reconstructed from 1925 to 1932. In this photo, as noted by beachcomber, there is a sign on the wall of the GPO saying "Reconstruct... Alexr Hul... Ringsend" Per wikipedia, on the year 1925 in Ireland: 1 July - It is announced that Alexander Hull & Co., building contractors, are to re-build the General Post Office, Dublin at a cost of £50,000. We are after that date, at least. The statues on top have not been restored fully here - the figure at right is missing a hand.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Dec/2016 08:27:44

    I see two signs pointing down Prince's St to the Capitol. THis opened as La Scala in 1920, and was renamed The Capitol in 1927, new earliest date.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Dec/2016 08:57:29

    I can't be sure, but the uniform dusty appearance of all the windows in the GPO suggests that it is not open yet. The windows in the neighbouring Metropole have reflections and gloss, these don't. I think this is before the re-opening in 1929.

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 29/Dec/2016 23:54:22

    The usually dependable Archiseek.com site suggests the unusual street lights were installed in 1920-23. Sce: archiseek.com/forum/topic/dublin-street-lighting/ 1920-23 During this period, new rather bizarre looking electric lamps were attached to the swan-neck posts, replacing the earlier globes. Some of these can be seen swinging loosely in the wind in some footage. They survived right up till the end of these grand (???) lives. These lampposts also seem to have experienced a variety of colours including black/dark grey, silver and possibly even white for the Eucharistic Congress! Here's an example of the strange heads in the form of an identical Dawson St version from the period"

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    O Mac

    • 31/Dec/2016 19:45:34

    Above the entrance to the Metropole there's a sign that looks to have the name of the film/s showing. Hard to make out----- flower basket obscures---- but I think I can see the letters SQ--R. It might be the film Square Crooks which was released in spring/summer 1928.

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 01/Jan/2017 23:39:43

    I'm liking your line of inquiries O Mac. I just hope the text to the left doesnt reveal itself as "Spongebob"

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 01/Jan/2017 23:48:57

    Here's some fun for the eagle-eyed - this RTÉ Archive report talks about 1916 bullet holes about eye level on the first pillar coming from the south (ie left pillar here) which were not 'restored' in the 1920s - www.rte.ie/archives/2015/0827/723868-gpo-gets-a/. There are two blips on megazoom just above the car roof - are these the bullet holes (see note) ? Edit - controversy! www.independent.ie/irish-news/1916-row-explodes-as-an-pos... I was trying to find evidence of en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2RN 's move to the GPO in 1928. I can't see any signs, wires, or aerials.

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 02/Jan/2017 01:00:48

    In Eas 1739, (catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000047515) we see a broadly similar image (in terms of subject, weather, mix of transport types etc). Even though the shadows tell us it was taken much later in the day, I still believe it is a promising candidate for being taken on the SAME day Eason-Oconnell-Bridge-1928 The information-packed image shows a poster/billbord for an UCD Sports Day to be held on 28 May 1928 UCD-Sports and a similarly styled name plate (Batchelors Walk) as we've seen for Princess Street Batchelors-Walk-1928 Unfortunately, a (casual) scan of the Irish Times Ads for the Metropole Cinema in the period Mar - May 1928 reveals no mention of Square Crooks (or Pants)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Jan/2017 08:17:38

    [https:[email protected]] Most of the hits in the Irish News Archive for the term "Square Crooks" in 1928 are in July...

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    Canadian Pacific

    • 22/Feb/2017 16:02:31

    I was just watching 1916 (The Irish Rebellion) narrated by Liam Neeson for the second time recently. Fascinating and violent period of Irish history.