Titles "Sion: a garden settlement, summer. Young men/boys" this is an interesting photograph from the Mason Collection. It looks to me like a still from the 1938 movie 'Boys Town'! The title says "a garden settlement" what exactly does this mean? Where are we?
was quick to identify this as the village of Sion Mills, County Tyrone. According to its entry in Wikipedia
, 'Sion' is an anglicisation of the area's old Irish name, and "Mill" from the fact that this was a "model village" laid out around a linen/flax mill by the local land and business owners: the Herdman family. Given the titles of other images
in the same set, this could well have been a commission by the business owners...
Collection: Mason Photographic Collection
Date: Catalogue range c.1890-1910. Likely after c.1909 (church)
NLI Ref: M7/6
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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons