It’s unlucky to walk under a ladder!

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Where: Leinster, Ireland

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When: 01 January 2004

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A very tight looking scene on Lower O’Connell Street with vans parked along the kerb, the buildings on the other side, with men working on the front of one. What strikes me about this is that the people avoided the men on the ladders but today I am afraid that those walking along using their phones would be liable to take them down! Different times!

+++ UPDATE +++
Great to get a very exact date for this one (thanks Niall McAuley) from What's Ons in newspapers of the time. We've narrowed down to around 4 December 1971, from a twenty year span of 1960 to 1980. So that was a very good day's work!

Photographers: Unknown

Original Researcher: Valerie Houlden

Collection: Dublin Corporation Photographic Collection

Date: ca. 1960-1980 Around 4 December 1971

NLI Ref: NPA DCC 124

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    maigheo1

    • 18/Feb/2021 09:00:17

    Vans from right. VW. Ford Transit. Ford Escort. Ford Escort van reg “RI” feb to may 1970. A time before McDonald’s.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 18/Feb/2021 09:00:38

    For information, https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] tells us that the man standing at the rear of the mail car is none other than Robert French, Chief photographer for the Lawrence photographic collection. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/6809131904/

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 18/Feb/2021 09:06:57

    How is this for pavement-view? - goo.gl/maps/V9ddqAuU7rv9XZy86

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 18/Feb/2021 09:18:03

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Hynes Employment Agency have certainly got some value from that sign!!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 18/Feb/2021 09:26:00

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Ha! Did not notice that.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Feb/2021 09:29:00

    The Metropolitan cinema is still there, closed in 1972 and replaced by BHS, now a Penneys.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 18/Feb/2021 09:56:39

    Those vans are parked on double yellow lines. I wonder if that is why the Dublin Corporation was interested? "Parking on Double Yellow Lines is not allowed at any time. ..." From - dsps.ie/park-sensibly/ Or was it different in 1970-something?

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    Domhnallcos

    • 18/Feb/2021 09:58:28

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley No it's not Niall McAuley! It was demolished and replaced by an awful concrete British Home Stores!

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    suckindeesel

    • 18/Feb/2021 10:17:01

    Ahh, the Rainbow Cafe, nostalgia overdose. Might be a Supermacs today? Correction: No, I see it's a mere Burger King. Notice how much wider the path is today, giving much more room for the pedestrians

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Feb/2021 10:17:01

    DCC 125 is the same scene, a little clearer. I can see Lancaster and Clark on the cinema sign.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Feb/2021 10:19:30

    Valdez is Coming, 1971, Burt Lancaster and Susan Clark. Release date 23 April 1971

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Feb/2021 10:28:57

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Sorry, I mean it is still there in this shot, so we are before it was demolished. 1971.

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    suckindeesel

    • 18/Feb/2021 10:36:33

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Everything was different in 1970, cars were still king and pedestrians were a nuisance

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    John Spooner

    • 18/Feb/2021 10:37:04

    Mrs Hynes' targeted advertising in the Sligo Champion - Friday 29 January 1965 Sligo Champion - Friday 29 January 1965 The same advert appeared almost word-for-word in the same paper over 15 years earlier on Saturday 17 September 1949. All that had changed between 1949 and 1965 was that wages in 1949 were £1 10s to £4. Further delving shows that the advert appeared between 1945 an 1973. Between March and November 1947 it changed from Mrs Hynes Catholic Bureau to Mrs Hynes Universal Bureau, and then in 1949 became Mrs Hynes Universal Employment Bureau.

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    John Spooner

    • 18/Feb/2021 10:59:27

    Irish Times article on Hynes Agency from 2004, by which time it was finding employment for immigrants from new EU countries. "To contact a girl in Roscommon to tell her she'd got a job in the Strand Hotel in London, for instance, there would be letters back and forth to the candidate, the parish priest, the doctor and then someone would go by bike to the house with a telegram."

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Feb/2021 11:09:20

    There is a consecutive series of these, which could all be the same day. dcc 111 has the Carlton showing Creatures the World Forgot, released 18 April 1971.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Feb/2021 11:18:40

    DCC 131 is the Savoy with Carry On, which we dated recently as December 1971. A different day, or were those April releases that much later in Dublin?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 18/Feb/2021 11:55:09

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner Wow! There is a book and a film to be made about the Hynes Agency!

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    John Spooner

    • 18/Feb/2021 12:01:07

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia You'd have to cast not only the "redoubtable Molly Hynes", but also Winston Churchill, Bob Hope, the Kennedys and others.

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    O Mac

    • 18/Feb/2021 12:07:37

    Those concrete lamp posts were replaced in 1973. There's only one left standing on College Street. maps.app.goo.gl/yriQCpzKcWXKYAZF8

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    Carol Maddock

    • 18/Feb/2021 12:43:37

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Carry on was from newspaper ads, so very reliable as opposed to release dates. If I can get some time later, I'll check Valdez is coming, at least...

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    suckindeesel

    • 18/Feb/2021 12:49:18

    "The five story building was erected on the site of the Metropole Hotel which had closed in 1916. It included shops,a restaurant and dance hall and was designed by architect Aubrey V. O'Rourke. The cinema opened on 9th February 1922 with “Peck’s Bad Boy. The auditorium was surrounded by Corinthian columns at grand circle level and the ceiling dome was decorated with scenes from Shakespear’s plays. It had a 30 feet wide proscenium. The Metropole Cinema was taken over by the Rank Organisation in the 1950’s and had long runs of “Doctor Zhivago”, “Mary Poppins” and “Lawrence of Arabia”. It was closed on 11th March 1972 and the building was sold to British Home Stores, together with its neighbour, the Capitol Cinema on North Prince’s Street. BHS demolished both cinemas and built a new department store on the site. The site is now occupied by a Penneys department store." cinematreasures.org/theaters/24494

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    suckindeesel

    • 18/Feb/2021 12:54:18

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Always traded as "BHS" in Dublin. More discreet than the contentious British Home Stores. It was sort of a British version of Roches Stores and had an excellent lighting department.

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    suckindeesel

    • 18/Feb/2021 13:44:00

    A better view of the shopfronts from 1968 Eve Holmes stillslibrary.rte.ie/indexplus/image/2023/077.html

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    CASSIDY PHOTOGRAPHY

    • 18/Feb/2021 13:49:10

    Looks like Summer in Ireland.

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    suckindeesel

    • 18/Feb/2021 14:12:21

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/cassidyphotography Exactly, they're all wearing their overcoats

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    cargeofg

    • 18/Feb/2021 14:57:14

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] BHS As with all large companies they went through re branding and modernising their image. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Home_Stores

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Feb/2021 15:05:14

    Looks as if Valdez was at the Metropole from 19th of November to the 4th of December, per the Irish Times

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Feb/2021 15:07:37

    Creatures looks like a short run at the Carlton, 4th 8th December. I think the whole sequence is early December 1971.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 18/Feb/2021 17:13:13

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Agreed on early December 1971! All of the fillums you've noted listed in the Evening Herald. So many cinemas then! Dr. No was on in the Screen on the Green, alongside The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. And at the Corinthian, “Evil reigned in A TOWN CALLED BASTARD!

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    suckindeesel

    • 18/Feb/2021 18:16:30

    Valdez had an Irish release date of 19 Nov 1971 www.imdb.com/title/tt0067921/releaseinfo?ref_=tt_dt_dt Susan Clark played a character called Gay Erin I note that most people are wearing overcoats, very Autumnal

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    suckindeesel

    • 18/Feb/2021 18:22:41

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] There were 56 Dublin cinemas in 1956, www.dailyedge.ie/old-cinemas-dublin-1348393-Mar2014/

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    cargeofg

    • 18/Feb/2021 18:57:59

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley So, good possibility taken on the same day as DCC136 which was narrowed down to 3-10Dec 1971

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    suckindeesel

    • 18/Feb/2021 20:01:30

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] No. what I meant was that they were always known as BSH in Dublin, they never used their full name,

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    silverio10

    • 18/Feb/2021 20:05:52

    Buenas fotos antiguas .

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 18/Feb/2021 20:31:22

    Vans on double yellow lines; more vans double parked; double-decker buses doubled up . . . There be double at t' mall.

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    O Mac

    • 18/Feb/2021 21:15:00

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ It isn't called 'dublin' for nuttin'. we were told in school that Ireland is rich 'cause it's Capital is always Dublin. (doubling)

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 18/Feb/2021 22:29:26

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] That explains everything !

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    Carol Maddock

    • 19/Feb/2021 09:08:39

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] 56? You could go to a different one every week of the year! :)