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Amazing colour Photographs of Ireland 90 years ago


Al Gebra

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I don't know if these have been posted before but these are stunning.
Taken by two French amateur photographers on autochrome colour plates on their journey from Connemara to the Boyne Valley.

Old colour photos of Ireland in 1913





edit: it's actually 100 years ago. not 90 as in the thread title.
 

Socratus O' Pericles

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Terrific -thanks for that.
 

pierrepoint

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Fascinating to see these historic images. Thank you so much for the heads up.
 

Mitsui2

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There was a little documentary about the rediscovery of these on TV somewhere - probably TG4 - during the year.
 

james5001

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They're fantastic. Thanks.
 

Warren Poynt

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Any idea where they may have been shot ?

Does the cottage window give a clue ?

Or perhaps the manner in which the stone wall was built !

The second younger woman is quite good-looking.
 

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Any idea where they may have been shot ?

Does the cottage window give a clue ?

Or perhaps the manner in which the stone wall were built !

The second younger woman is quite good-looking.
The original site is linked to in the OP, it has several other photos, and a description of each.

The girl in the red cloak is 14, and from the Claddagh, Galway. The first woman is a mother of seven. She looks OK too, considering the life she must have!
An t-Oileán: Old colour photos of Ireland in 1913

And yes, they are fabulous pictures, aren't they? Thanks for that, Al.
 

carruthers

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Any idea where they may have been shot ?

Does the cottage window give a clue ?

Or perhaps the manner in which the stone wall was built !

The second younger woman is quite good-looking.
Think they might be wearing the Galway Shawl? Might be the Claddagh.
 

Mr. Bumble

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Life looked pretty grim in those photos. Few people had shoes, the cottages looked very basic, the streets seemed to be paved with muck and there were no Sky dishes.
 

Tea Shark

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The girl in the red cloak is 14, and from the Claddagh, Galway. The first woman is a mother of seven. She looks OK too, considering the life she must have!
Incredible. First thoughts would have been twenties!
 

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Life looked pretty grim in those photos. Few people had shoes, the cottages looked very basic, the streets seemed to be paved with muck and there were no Sky dishes.
Not sure if not having shoes is a bad thing, have read books where the kids cant wait for the summer when they can take their boots off and go barefoot.
 

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They look like black and white photographs which were colour-tinted later, since only part of each picture shown is in colour.
 

Al Gebra

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They look like black and white photographs which were colour-tinted later, since only part of each picture shown is in colour.
They were colour originally using autochrome plates. They do look like colour tinted photographs.
Autochrome plates are not paper photographs. They are glass plates that have to be illuminated from the back.
They are difficult to reproduce as the three primary colours are not the same as the RGB we use
Some of the colour components were destroyed because of the use of high wattage carbon arc bulbs to illuminate the plates.
 

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Think they might be wearing the Galway Shawl? Might be the Claddagh.
Yea, I think you are right. The first photo is from the Claddagh in Galway and the second is the Aran Islands. Their petticoats and shawls were red.
 
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