Albert Memorial in Belfast at 14:25 - Now you don't see the horse-drawn trams!

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Where: Northern Ireland, Belfast, United Kingdom

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When: 01 January 1900

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Companion photo of an archetypal Robert French/Lawrence Collection street scene of the Albert Memorial in Belfast, but now with added electrification...

Photographer: Robert French of Lawrence Photographic Studios, Dublin

Date: After 1905 allegedly!!

NLI Ref.: L_NS_01920


Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 27/Jan/2014 10:47:48

    What was horse-drawn is now human-drawn and electrified ... strange!

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    • 27/Jan/2014 11:47:48

    The electric trams look like ghosts. The right hand one is not level either. It's sitting down at the back.

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    • 27/Jan/2014 12:01:16

    Would that be an early example of 'cut and paste'?

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    • 27/Jan/2014 12:07:43

    It's a photoshop job!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 27/Jan/2014 12:20:02

    I'm thinking that Mr Lawrence wanted to save money. Perhaps this was to be a colourised postcard, but those horse-drawn trams were just soooo last century that they had to go!

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    • 27/Jan/2014 13:00:52

    or was it a photo montage to convince the city fathers that electric trams wouldn't be a blight on the streetscape?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Jan/2014 13:09:51

    Yes, hand-edited to move it from 1890ish to 1905+. Notice that the people drawn in are in lighter colours with straw hats, in the 1905 fashion.

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    • 27/Jan/2014 14:31:27

    Brilliant wee bit of editing! Lol.. very early Photoshop!

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    • 27/Jan/2014 18:17:40

    A photochrom of the same photo.. but slightly different:

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    Brendan C.H.

    • 28/Jan/2014 21:47:12

    You'll note that the electric trolleys still poop in the street.

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    • 29/Jan/2014 12:04:29

    That lady perilously close to the ghostly tram had best watch her step then.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 27/Nov/2015 00:21:48

    I have just added this photo to our 50,000+ Views Album