The Geisha Café, the place to meet Japanese ladies?

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We are going to end this week with a photograph from the Edward C. Candler Collection and a busy street scene somewhere???? The full title in the catalogue is "Cobbled street, with shops fronts including 'Geisha Cafe', and crowds walking on footpath" which, to me at least, is as clear as muddy water! Where is it and when was it taken?

Photographers: Edward C. Chandler

Collection: Edward C. Chandler Photographic Collection

Date: Undated

NLI Ref: NPA CHA6

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    derangedlemur

    • 21/Jun/2019 08:22:20

    Thomas St, at a rough guess...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Jun/2019 08:23:23

    Looks like Thomas Street?

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    derangedlemur

    • 21/Jun/2019 08:37:51

    Whoever has the almanacs should look up a few of the traders.

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    derangedlemur

    • 21/Jun/2019 08:41:47

    It's not matching Thomas Street very well.

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    derangedlemur

    • 21/Jun/2019 08:51:54

    Could be Aungier St if the McDowells live over the shop. www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Dublin/Royal_Ex...

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    Gregory PC

    • 21/Jun/2019 08:52:12

    Is it Parnell Street? Looks like where Conways was on the corner.

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    Gregory PC

    • 21/Jun/2019 08:53:48

    goo.gl/maps/c2C1etaHbeqWvsMN7

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    Gregory PC

    • 21/Jun/2019 09:33:27

    Definitely Parnell St. Crolys was still here up to the 70s www.dublincity.ie/sites/default/files/galleries/002-parne...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Jun/2019 09:50:38

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregcarey Well done! In your 013 pic, I see Brennans beside Crolys, just as in this shot.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 21/Jun/2019 09:55:34

    "Laura GORDON was born on 11 Aug 1883 in Grallagh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died on 7 Feb 1961 in probably Dublin. She was buried in Deansgrange Cemetery, Dublin. It is thought that Laura contracted polio as a child and suffered some disability as a result. She is listed in the 1911 census of Ireland as a boarder at 10 Gardiners Place in Dublin. Her occupation was 'commercial clerk'. At some point Laura ran a café in central Dublin called the "Geisha Café." Later in life she owned property in flats at 11 Lower Hatch Street in Dublin. Laura, who never married, is buried in the same grave in Deansgrange Cemetery as her sisters Ethel, Freda and Ivy." From - www.helensfamilytrees.com/allg24.htm - (about half way down; use 'Find' geisha)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Jun/2019 10:14:01

    This stretch of road is one of the places car-bombed in the 1974 Dublin Monaghan bombings, here killing 10 people and injuring many more.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 21/Jun/2019 10:21:16

    Has this got something to do with anything? - a notice on the far corner building - goo.gl/maps/r7SGucZVwrTMfKHZ8 [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/34838135954/]

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Jun/2019 10:44:15

    Wait, [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregcarey] has this over by Conways - it is indeed Parnell Street, but the far side of O'Connell Street, this is the junction with Marlborough Street: Streetview

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Jun/2019 10:45:52

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia So no, it is not where Pearse surrendered.

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    Gregory PC

    • 21/Jun/2019 11:18:44

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley yes, sorry, I got Conways mixed up on the location! thanks for the clarification. I forgot that the horrible office block is still there!

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    John Spooner

    • 21/Jun/2019 11:26:36

    Irish Society, Saturday 18 August 1923

    GEISHA CAFE. A very attractive Cafe adjoining the Gaiety Theatre has just opened. It is being run by Mrs. J. S. McMahon and Miss Laura Gordon who are taking great pains to make it a success. The Geisha is a cool and restful spot,

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    John A. Coffey

    • 21/Jun/2019 11:32:01

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia ........ This famous photograph was taken on the other side of the street, where The Kingfisher Restaurant is now on the corner of Parnell Sq.

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    derangedlemur

    • 21/Jun/2019 11:51:53

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregcarey Well done!

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    maczeug2

    • 21/Jun/2019 13:37:13

     Congrats for this pic! ;-)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Jun/2019 16:14:58

    Thanks https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregcarey and https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley. I've updated the map and tags/etc to match. What do we think about date? The catalogue entry is listed as "undated", but this is surely turn of the century (give or take). Do the businesses help with dating?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Jun/2019 16:55:30

    Per Mr spooner's find, it's after 1923

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    O Mac

    • 21/Jun/2019 19:03:01

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ . Mr Spooner's find mentions the Geisha Cafe as "adjoining the Gaiety Theatre". The Gaiety is on South Kings Street. ... t'other side of the Liffey

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 21/Jun/2019 22:04:44

    With apologies for the red herring above, here is another! - 'The Geisha, a story of a tea house' was a hugely successful two-act musical comedy from 1896 ... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Geisha The most famous song 'The Amorous Goldfish' - youtu.be/sBsW-gyfsCo Thinking this popular opera may have inspired Geisha Cafés all over the world, including one in Shamrock St, Blackall, Queensland - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/hwmobs/18608959544/in/photolist-2ghAqSq-fsFUMH-umpMm5]via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/hwmobs/] Happy Solstice!

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    O Mac

    • 22/Jun/2019 11:11:51

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Solstice! You can really feel the days closing in and sure Christmas is only 'round the corner.

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    silverio10

    • 22/Jun/2019 12:08:13

    Buenas fotos antiguas .

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    epicjeff

    • 23/Jun/2019 18:09:50

    Photo taken on July 20, 2091? Someone from the future must have used a vintage filter.

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 03/Jul/2019 08:00:06

    wonderful shot!