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I know, I know! Your deja vus are having a bad case of deja vu, but this photograph of Harcourt Street Station was too good to pass. There is so much to see here, the station itself, the luggage trolleys, the fashion, and the advertising hoardings. The messenger boy’s bicycle parked at the footpath is a real reminder of days gone by, and cheeky devils flying about the streets with their loads for delivery!

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Gorgeous posters in this one! And very helpful they were too. Dates for the fillum Monte Carlo (“As Intimate as a Lady’s Boudoir”, if you don't mind!) in the Irish Times and an excursion to Tramore gave us a really close date of in or around early August 1931.

Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: between 1900-1939 Early August 1931

NLI Ref: Eas 1718

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    Rossoindia

    • 19/Feb/2021 08:54:44

    Oxo was a leader brand, right? Unforgettable advertising campaigns... Lots to see here, anyway... Thank you

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 19/Feb/2021 08:56:26

    "OXO excellent with milk for growing children" sounds yuk, but someone might know better ... Edit - Two lads and a convenient bucket - youtu.be/i7XPUhCbfWY

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    Foxglove

    • 19/Feb/2021 09:01:26

    the thought of Oxo and milk at breakfast time is disturbing. Virol, I think that was a sheep fluke and worm drench. not for breakfast either

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    Carol Maddock

    • 19/Feb/2021 09:07:46

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove Stop. You're reminding me of the Cheno Unction ads on de wireless! Do you remember them? “Tis a quare name, but great shtuff!”

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Feb/2021 09:10:57

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Cheno Unction dairy ointment is a soothing barrier ointment for cuts, grazes, bruises, chapped teats & skin abrasions. Also contains Neem oil as a natural fly repellent. Apply liberally to soothe chapped or sore teats. Glanbia Connect

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 19/Feb/2021 09:17:20

    Sunday 3 August happened in 1930 ... So did en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monte_Carlo_(1930_film)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Feb/2021 09:19:46

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove Would they advertise a sheep fluke remedy outside a major city train terminus?

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    Swordscookie

    • 19/Feb/2021 09:23:05

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland I think Foxglove is trying to kill the children! Virol was a vitamin supplement for children as I remember it but it would probably kill sheep fluke and drench worms as well;-()

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    DannyM8

    • 19/Feb/2021 09:24:05

    It would be interesting to have your house decorated by the Marks Bro's it would be (Animal) Crackers!!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Feb/2021 09:32:12

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Monte Carlo, well spotted!!

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    Wendy:

    • 19/Feb/2021 09:32:31

    so many old signs!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Feb/2021 09:35:29

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia I see an advertisment for Monte Carlo, showing in the Capitol Cinema in the Irish Times dated August 6th 1931 along with Charlie Harvey and the Capitolians, Ireland's greatest cinema orchestra. on August 10th there is a report that Monte Carlo is retained for a second week.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 19/Feb/2021 09:44:29

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] Then something has gone wrong with the date for the Tramore excursion - double checking ... Amazed that the lovely Elinor liked those railings too in 1969 - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000049302

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    John Spooner

    • 19/Feb/2021 09:48:53

    If things look a little quiet, it might be because there was a strike of GSR railway workers in July 1930, which threatened to spread. "The citizens of the Free State are threatened at the height of the tourist season with all the loss and miseries of a general railway strike" (Evening Herald (Dublin) - Tuesday 22 July 1930). News of the resolution of the dispute after intervention by the government was announced on the 23rd.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 19/Feb/2021 09:49:00

    Apologies - The Tramore poster says "Sunday 2nd August", which happened in ... *drumroll* ... 1931. QED

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Feb/2021 09:52:08

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia :-)

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    O Mac

    • 19/Feb/2021 10:11:26

    O Dea showed us the same railings a while back. www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/6759308863/

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 19/Feb/2021 10:15:31

    Flickr is sometimes amazing! In 2018 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/hurricanemk1c/https://www.flickr.com/photos/hurricanemk1c/45089384442/

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    Bernard Healy

    • 19/Feb/2021 10:18:35

    It's a treat to see so many signs. I see an ad for Wright's Coal Tar Soap - Wikipedia tells me that the brand is still around, but EU regulations mean that Coal Tar is no longer permitted in soap, so they have to fake the coal tar smell with other ingredients. There also seems to be an ad for something in the Theatre Royal - anyone have access to the newspapers to figure out what play/show might have been on? There seems to be a sign advertising some kind of bacon product. Possibly Denny's? Millar and Beatty were a well-known Dublin furniture & furnishings firm. Established 1851 - I wonder when they went out of business? Finally, I spotted a pic of a mystery Dublin location on the Facebook page of the Irish Capuchin Archives. Some of you might be interested: www.facebook.com/CapuchinArchivesIreland/posts/3680546618...

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    Foxglove

    • 19/Feb/2021 10:26:56

    yes, I've googled a bit more. there is a sheep dip called Virol but there was also as correctly noted above a malted vitamin rich syrup also called Virol. a by product of the brewing industry.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 19/Feb/2021 10:27:21

    EAS 1782 is a similar shot from maybe 20 years earlier. The wright's ad is still there!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Feb/2021 10:53:10

    I see this poster to the left of the arch, from Artnet

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 19/Feb/2021 13:07:48

    Oxo and milk? Blech, beef flavoured milk. Players cigarettes ad on the far left.

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 19/Feb/2021 13:11:46

    I'd almost say it looks like a spring or fall photo, the ladies are bundled up with hats and shawls. Would be awful warm in the summer with a shawl.

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    cargeofg

    • 19/Feb/2021 17:24:05

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I Remember them too. Sponsored programs at lunch time. I think you used to get the Agri related ones on a Saturday. Scour Hour as it was known.

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    suckindeesel

    • 19/Feb/2021 17:49:27

    There was once a liquor museum in the basement. It was moved to Heuston when the station closed in 1959 www.rte.ie/archives/2017/0127/848094-museum-of-drink/ To continue the alcohol theme I see a sign for the bar, a favourite with certain Dubliners, inc Brendan Behan, during the "holy hour" Available to passengers holding a ticket for a journey of 12-miles, or more, i.e. Bray. Also note Gilbey's bonded sprits store housed in the undercroft (haven't used this word before) [https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner] It always looked a little quiet in any photo I've seen, that was part of its problem. Harcourt St was hardly even considered a proper "city" station, being located in what was a backwater. It's fate was sealed as early as 1925 when passenger traffic to beyond Bray moved to Westland Row and goods to the North Wall. It then mainly served the middle class residents of Foxrock with offices in the Harcourt St. area and whose children attended the High School or Alexandra's School. Beyond Foxrock was scarcely populated open countryside, something that initially also effected the later Luas. Trams still operating, so include one here: [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/50959291068/in/dateposted/]

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    suckindeesel

    • 19/Feb/2021 20:57:37

    See sign for Millar & Beatty who made fine furniture www.youwho.ie/beattymillar.html Very collectible nowadays, here's one auctioned by Sothebys. www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2013/arts-of-euro... Their premises in Grafton St. was demolished in 1959 (same year station closed) and was rebuilt as the Grafton Arcade which provided a handy backdoor to Davy Byrnes snug. [https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardhealy] Plenty of excursions on offer inc Killarney, Tramore, Avoca, Woodenbridge. The GSR sign alone places it between 1925/45 Street lightimg still on gas Tram stop says: From city Wait here For car One constant, however, remains: mother and child begging on the steps

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    suckindeesel

    • 19/Feb/2021 23:53:35

    Cornwall In Childhood Come, Hygiene, goddess of the growing boy, I here salute thee in Sanatogen! Anaemic girls need Virol, but for me Be Scott's Emulsion, rusks, and Mellin's Food, Cod-liver oil and malt, and for my neck Wright's Coal Tar Soap, Euthymol for my teeth. Come, friends of Hygiene, Electricity And those young twins, Free Thought and clean Fresh Air: John Betjeman (extract)

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    suckindeesel

    • 20/Feb/2021 01:10:24

    Monte Carlow poster: As intimate as a lady's boudoir Rated "excellent for children" by Allmovie.com

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 20/Feb/2021 04:27:46

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I like the poem.

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    suckindeesel

    • 20/Feb/2021 14:46:32

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Oddly enough, there were no poems about OXO

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    Inverarra

    • 20/Feb/2021 18:22:36

    That’s a great photo.

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    suckindeesel

    • 20/Feb/2021 22:05:50

    The Bray poster www.travelpostersonline.com/bray-for-better-holidays-see-... looks very modern with a message that is strangely appropriate today: BRAY for better Holidays See Ireland First The poster on left below GSR: IRELAND the fisherman's paradise www.ebay.ie/itm/Ireland-The-Fishermans-Paradise-Great-Bri...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 21/Feb/2021 06:30:53

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Oh "BRAY" - that explains it! I saw two mountains and "BRA" ... ... ... https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/31675267064/ via https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

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    suckindeesel

    • 21/Feb/2021 13:22:32

    People did go to Bray on a weeks holiday, back in the day. That's before we discovered Spain of course. Now we can't go there either. I think the Sugarloafs are suffering from a touch of the "Bartletts"

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    Carol Maddock

    • 22/Feb/2021 16:42:59

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardhealy You asked about the Theatre Royal. Found these in the Evening Herald... On 4 August 1931: Ann Harding in East Lynne with Clive? or Olive? Brook and Conrad Nagel. The Season's Most Powerful Drama. The love-life of a girl who rebelled against man-made laws. Showing at 3.00, 5.13, 7.27, 9.45 And on 11 August 1931: BEYOND VICTORY Intrepid souls tossed in the whirlpool of human passions–a thrilling, romantic talker you'll never forget. With James Gleason, Zazu Pitts, Lew Cody, Marion Shilling, Mary Carr, Lisai Ama. Showing at 3.14, 5.26, 7.33, 9.55 Crazy specific times! And fairly racy by the sounds of things...

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    Carol Maddock

    • 22/Feb/2021 16:44:20

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Before the Walton's one at 2? “If you feel like singing, do sing an Irish song.” :)

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    Bernard Healy

    • 22/Feb/2021 17:29:47

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Based on what's visible of the poster, it must be an ad for this film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Lynne_(1931_film) The stars were Ann Harding, Clive Brook, Conrad Nagel and Cecilia Loftus. It was based on a "senasation novel" of 1861. The plot of the novel is as follows: "Lady Isabel Carlyle, a beautiful and refined young woman, leaves her hard-working lawyer-husband, Carlyle, and her infant children to elope with an aristocratic suitor, Francis Levison, after wrongfully suspecting and becoming jealous of her husband's friendship with Barbara Hare. However once abroad with Levison she realises he has no intention of marrying her, despite her having borne their illegitimate child. He deserts her, Lady Isabel is disfigured in a train accident and the child is killed. Following this Isabel is able to take the position of governess in the household of her former husband and his new wife allowing her to be close to her children but which also becomes a source of great misery. The pressure of keeping up a façade and being constantly reminded that her husband has moved on eventually physically weakens her. On her deathbed she tells all to Carlyle who forgives her." Spicy stuff indeed! BTW, it's rather astonishing that even though the film was nominated for an Oscar, it seems as though only one print of it has survived to the present day.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 22/Feb/2021 20:19:55

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardhealy] 'East Lynne' on YouTube, missing the last 12 minutes! youtu.be/LMnB_VQ2_jU

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    cargeofg

    • 23/Feb/2021 10:50:24

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Hosted by Leo Maguire if my memory serves me. Jacob's had the "Agony Aunt " slot with Frankie.