Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
1874, 1885, 1891
Gibson's was [Edit: yay!] 9 Broad Street, which means it is this corner here (only the slope of Patrick Street remains!):
When did Lipton's add "By Appointment"? . Before 1896, anyhow. This page has an 1896 ad with By Appontment, but also an 1893 ad without it.
Here's a large 1892 ad.. I think this would mention the royal appointment if it had happened.
So, 1896, maybe?
John Gibson was there in 1881 (Slater's).
Gibson still there in 1894!
9, Broad Street
Boot & Shoe Store
History Guide and Directory of County and City of Waterford by P.M. Egan 1894
"On 28th February 1895, however, his greatest prize to date came to him at long last - the Royal Warrant as purveyor of tea to Her Majesty Queen Victoria." Presumably they would remove the warrant from ads and windows after the death of the Queen in 1901?
The Tyler's shop was operated by John Kennedy and his brothers, here in the 1901 census.
WRONG! see below...
1896 is the only year with a Monday March 2nd in the range 1895-1901.
Info on Tylers here at the National Archives, UK, including:
[no title] DE 3094/561 27 May 1896
Related information: [See also DE 3094/559-560]
Copy report, with associated newspaper cutting, by Walter Tyler to Leicester, of the purchase of 1 Patrick Street and 10 Broad Street, Waterford.
[no title] DE 3094/562 May 1986
Cuttings from The Waterford Star [and other newspapers?] pasted onto paper bearing related financial calculations.
[no title] DE 3094/563 1 June 1896
1. Agnes Hamilton Gibson of Broad St., Waterford, widow.
2. John Tyler & Sons
Of premises in Broad St., Waterford
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Niall, where are you getting the Kennedy Brothers from? Were they not Broad Street in Cork? (Please excuse the dangling preposition) Or had they moved on to Cork by 1901 and I've just missed something in your comments above?
No, you are correct, those kennedys are the wrong ones!
9-10, Broad Street,
John Tyler Shoes
Thom's Directory of the City and County of Waterford 1909-10
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Grand thanks! Am madly searching in online newspapers for Tyler & Sons news or ads for 1896 but nothing so far... (at least there is, but it's all about the 7 branches in and around Dublin)
Perhaps it is this J. Kennedy:
Kennedy James 33 Male Head of Family Church of Ireland Mayo Boot and Shoe Shop Manager Read and write- Married
The 1894 Egan directory (with Gibson still there) is at the Lennon Wylie page.
Friday, 25th September 1896 is the first mention I can find in an advert of Lipton's / Appointment to the Queen / 8 Broad Street...
World Renowned Boot People is a good band name.
But could I get a pair of Cowboy Boots from them?
A wonderful photo Carol. Tylers was still in business in Waterford up until the late 70's or early 80's I believe although their premises was on the Quay. Liptons was taken over in later years by the L & N Tea Company and was still there in the early 1970's.
Tylers shop on the Quay
Edward Deevy's Drapery shop on the left of the picture and there is a photo of it in the catalogue.
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