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On Monday morning we go on a mystery tour with Mason as he shows up an unusual photo with the title "View from entrance to City Hall" showing a pillared space with a planter, a statue and a street scene. As the headline here states it is Not in Lyreacrompane, I'm pretty sure it is not in Dublin either so where is it? Have things changed much in the meantime?

Photographer: Thomas H. Mason

Collection: Mason Photographic Collection

Date: 1890 - 1910 At lease 1920

NLI Ref: M35/20

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    Rory_Sherlock

    • 10/Jan/2022 08:59:06

    Looks like Belfast: looking down Donegall Place from City Hall www.google.com/maps/place/Belfast+City+Hall/@54.5973647,-...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Jan/2022 09:05:56

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] A Streetview nearby.

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    Rory_Sherlock

    • 10/Jan/2022 09:07:56

    The statue of Queen Victoria was apparently unveiled by King Edward VII in 1903 so the photo must be later (unless the statue was in place for some time before it was officially unveiled, but this seems unlikely)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Jan/2022 09:09:54

    Right at the end of the date range, I see electric tramwires, from 1905 on.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 10/Jan/2022 09:12:35

    Previously in 1921 - I think we might be after this - https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/10990906846/

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Jan/2022 09:15:10

    On a previous visit: We noted the 1907 building in this streetview was not built. maybe taken at the same time, 1905-06? Edit: No, that building IS visible.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Jan/2022 09:19:15

    Much later, later than the date range given. Motor cars are clearly later, ladies in cloche hats, gas lights replaced by electric. At least 1920, I think.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 10/Jan/2022 09:26:14

    Cars, cloche hats and hemlines are looking mid 1920s to me.

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    Foxglove

    • 10/Jan/2022 09:46:49

    could be January, Robinson's & Clever on the corner are having ( another!) "Sale" - sadly now ( I think,) part of it is a MacDonalds ... on second thoughts, the clothes do suggest that the temperature is not in the lower single figures ( like today!). It's a Spring sale :-)

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 10/Jan/2022 10:03:49

    Details of the statues - victorianweb.org/sculpture/brock/25.html

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    robinparkes

    • 10/Jan/2022 10:38:02

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ It most certainly is. That’s Robinson and Cleavers store on the right corner.

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    suckindeesel

    • 10/Jan/2022 13:32:27

    Looks more like the 1920s judging by the fashions and the cars. Now enclosed by a railings a a 'no loitering or sitting' sign where that enormous flower pot stood in our photo.

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    suckindeesel

    • 10/Jan/2022 21:39:16

    The three life sized bronze figures surrounding the plinth represent weaving, shipbuilding and education

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    billh35

    • 10/Jan/2022 23:08:09

    As someone who is Belfast born, I would recognise that view of Donegall Place and Donegall Square North anytime!