This beautiful Eason shot of Rathgar at the turn of the 19th to 20th centuries features the steeple of the Presbyterian "Christchurch" and a whole world of other detail! I love the fact that the vast majority of the people on view are ladies and girls! Electric trams but no motor cars might provide some clue as to the date but I could sit here all day and enjoy it.
The general consensus is that this is after 1900 (electrified trams, fashions) and before 1920 (lack of cars, businesses visible, etc). Of the businesses visible, those on the left of the street (Heffernan's grocers and wine merchants at no.108
and Perry's fruiters at no.106
) had a presence from the late 1890s through to at least the mid-1910s. Others (like Hanlon's butchers at no.107
) seem to have been later arrivals - but apparently a fixture until the mid-1920s at least.
Collection: Eason Photographic Collection
Date: Catalogue range c.1900-1939. Probably after c.1901 (tram electrification). Perhaps c.1910 (fashions/businesses)
NLI Ref: EAS_1918
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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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