Confections and reflections down at the Bijou

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A very interesting image from the wonderful Poole Collection for todays posting. Mrs. O'Mahony commissioned Arthur Henri to photograph the "Bijou" shop and he captured a lot more than just the shop front. The boy in the window above, the beautiful hats on their stands in the window, the wonderful lace curtains to provide suitable privacy for the ladies who would wish to try them on and the reflections in the glass that may show us the man himself? In Waterford I suspect but where and what is there now?

Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: July 1st 1908

NLI Ref: POOLEWP 1832

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 12/Jan/2022 08:37:44

    La belle province eat your heart out!!!!!!

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 12/Jan/2022 08:57:27

    1 July 1908 was a Wednesday ...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Jan/2022 08:59:23

    In the 1911 census, here is Elizabeth O'Mahony, aged 40, Millinery. Address of the family home is 1 French Church Street (may not be over the shop).

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 12/Jan/2022 09:02:59

    By the following Monday 6 July the hats had moved around - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000592147

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Jan/2022 09:06:02

    Looks very like the shopfront in this Streetview, 121 Parade Quay.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Jan/2022 09:07:36

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Yes, the shopfront and quoins to the left in that Monday shot match the streetview too.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Jan/2022 09:10:59

    Looks as though French (Church) Street is now called Greyfriars, and the O'Mahony's lived just a stones throw from this little shop.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 12/Jan/2022 09:14:07

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Good call with the streetview. The GoogleCameraMobile is reflected like Mr Poole's assistant and trusty tripod in the photo ... https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia/51816065198/

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Jan/2022 09:15:53

    Elizabeth was a Milliner in the 1901 census, too, living in Morley Terrace, Gracedieu Road.

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    derangedlemur

    • 12/Jan/2022 09:25:22

    I prefer the shop next door. They have cake!

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    Wendy:

    • 12/Jan/2022 09:40:40

    love the child in the window above!

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    John Spooner

    • 12/Jan/2022 10:59:17

    One of Elizabeth O'Mahony's employees at about this time was Miss Olive Athol. In December 1909 there was a prosecution under the Factory and Workshop Act 1901 that Elizabeth O'Mahony "did employ a woman named Olive Athol overtime therein contrary the provisions of the said Act, inasmuch the prescribed particulars of such overtime employment were not reported to the inspector for the district by or before eight o’clock on the same evening". After much legal argument worthy of the Cruiskeen Court of Voluntary Jurisdiction, a fine of 5s was imposed. (Waterford Standard - Saturday 04 December 1909) And in March 1911 she gave evidence in a court case involving a bicycle: "Miss Olive Atholl deposed that she remembered the day of the accident; witness was employed in house on the Quay, the Bijou; she was going to dinner ; witness saw Mr Pemberton before he got to the Parade Hotel; passed witness just outside the Central Stores ; Mr Pemberton saluted witness by touching his hat; be was looking straight and riding slowly." (Waterford Standard - Wednesday 08 March 1911) The census says she was 20 in 1911. Perhaps she answered this advert in the Waterford Standard - Wednesday 07 March 1906 Waterford Standard - Wednesday 07 March 1906 PS Olive Athol married Robert Milne in 1915 and died in 1971

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    Bernard Healy

    • 12/Jan/2022 11:22:27

    Here is Parade Quay in the 1911 Census. www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Waterford/Water... Based on the buildings returns - looking at the location of Reginald’s Tower, the Methodist Hall, etc, The Bijou seems to have been part of House 2. However the residental rooms of that building seem to be a boarding house & none of the residents seem to be likely candidates for the boy in the window.

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    John Spooner

    • 12/Jan/2022 11:31:59

    Eugenie: Waterford Standard - Wednesday 28 July 1909 Waterford Standard - Wednesday 28 July 1909

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Jan/2022 11:41:06

    Elizabeth O'Mahony lived until 1938, death recorded at 1 or possibly 5 Greyfriars, still giving Milliner as occupation. She was a Milliner at her wedding too.

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    Bernard Healy

    • 12/Jan/2022 11:57:45

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ As I read it, the death was at 1 Greyfriars- however, the person giving notice of the death lived at no 5.

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    O Mac

    • 12/Jan/2022 12:28:36

    Hats off to youz all. That's a large pain of glass for 1908. Not only by the plate glass technology of the day but also the handling of it. Not easily moved about.

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    derangedlemur

    • 12/Jan/2022 19:04:10

    What is the youth doing? It looks like he's smoking a cigarette with a large dollop of honey dripping off it. Which seems unlikely. Edit: In the hyperzoom, it looks like it's maybe a V-shaped fold of transparent ribbon. Perhaps he's trimming hats.

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 12/Jan/2022 21:35:24

    "Vote for Mackesy" (graffiti) Untitled-1_2.jpg

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 12/Jan/2022 22:00:52

    Now sadly, a dead ringer . . . Untitled-2_2.jpg