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A wedding group of 20 from the Poole Collection ordered by Mr. J. McGee of Lusk, Co. Dublin. Looking at the fashion, it would appear to be at the later end of the date range so can we find out anything about the group, the couple, and the places they came from?

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We're a little stumped on this one. We'd need maybe another name, or online Civil Records from later than 1945 to get to grips with this Poole wedding photo. Haven't given up hope though...

Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Collection, Waterford

Date: Between 1901-1954


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    • 17/Feb/2021 09:14:38

    2/20 with happy faces ... Crossing the ankles seems to have gone out of style - The ankle cross indicates that the person is holding a negative emotion, uncertainty, fear, feels discomfort or threatened, stress, anxiousness, insecurity or timidity. The ankle or scissor cross also shows reservation and self-restraint, due to withholding of a thought or emotion. When being pitched, it shows resistance to the sale and when being questioned might indicate that lying is taking place. ... From -

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    • 17/Feb/2021 09:26:00 Right enough, I can only see one natural smile between the lot of them

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    Carol Maddock

    • 17/Feb/2021 11:04:06

    May be wildly putting the cart before the horse, but found this birth announcement in the Irish Press, 5 September 1949...

    McGEE – August 29, 1949, at St. Monica’s Nursing Home, Lr. Mount Street, to Matthew and Mary McGee, Collinstown, Lusk – a son.
    The clothes do look like late 1940s. Could this be Matthew and Mary McGee?

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    • 17/Feb/2021 11:14:46

    Is it me or is there a lot of dirt and shreds of waste paper on the carpet particularly to extreme right? Or is it on the plate.

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    Bernard Healy

    • 17/Feb/2021 11:24:06

    You'd have to think that the wedding must have taken place in Waterford or the surrounding area for Poole to be photographing them in the studio. On-line Civil Records only go up to 1945, and I'm not spotting any obvious candidates for a wedding involving a McGee.

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    Bernard Healy

    • 17/Feb/2021 11:28:32

    Note also this photo - Wedding group of twelve : commissioned by Mr. John McGee, Quay, Waterford It's obviously NOT the same wedding, but I wonder if there's a connection.

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    • 17/Feb/2021 11:36:12 No, as the carpet looks even worse.

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    • 17/Feb/2021 12:23:55

    is the man on extreme right with hand in pocket pasted into the photo or is it just fading to the plate. the "shreds of paper" on the floor might be flower petals from the woman's display

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    O Mac

    • 17/Feb/2021 13:09:00

    [] Re, that other wedding photo that you linked. ( ). I see a resemblance between the bridesmaid in that photo to the bride above and also between the woman sitting far left above to the bride in your linked photo. I could be wrong....

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    Bernard Healy

    • 17/Feb/2021 13:56:20[email protected] I was trying to spot resemblances myself, but I'm bad with faces. I wouldn't argue with what you're saying.

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    • 17/Feb/2021 17:20:33

    The happy couple look less than happy.

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    • 18/Feb/2021 05:16:40 "Crossing the ankles seems to have gone out of style" Do you mean for women? Also, I would think body language differs around the world from culture to culture and the same body language would likely mean something entirely different, from say an Asian culture to a South American culture. Some might be genetic memory, but are probably learned through observation, and environment, throughout one's life.