Saturday, 3 November 2012

Sepia Saturday 150 - Dublin

From the picture posted in this week's Sepia Saturday I have picked out Dublin as the theme and have included a few vintage postcards. As with most major cities I would imagine the streets shown now bear very little resemblance to those shown in the postcards, and I suspect the trams have been replaced long ago with cars, cars and more cars.

 O'Connell Street, Dublin

Sackville Street, Dublin

St. Stephen's Green Park, Dublin

As usual 100's more vintage postcards on my web site.


    

17 comments:

  1. I don't know about Dublin but your assumption that trams have been replaced long ago is not valid here in Holland. There are still trams in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague with no plans to remove them from the streets. I believe there is one city here, Groningen, where they are considering introducing one. In cramped cities public transport becomes more and more important.
    But these vintage postcards are super!

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    1. Ah yes, I was referring more to the UK and Ireland where a lot of the old trams are long gone. The good news is that some cities are re-introducing them to help alleviate the traffic issues. I've been on plenty in mainland Europe (Amsterdam, Dusseldorf and Prague) and also the wonderful ones in San Francisco. A great way to travel.

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  2. Love those early postcards -- and look how WIDE the streets are! Somebody told me once that they were wide enough for a team hauling a heavy load to make a u-turn -- the turning radius for wagons was pretty big back then.

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  3. What stunning cards! I adore the one street car that remains not far from where I live- it's just a tourist thing really, but it gives the feel of being there....it's history saved!

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  4. The first two look the same, apparently Sackville Street was renamed in honor of Daniel O'Connell in 1924. I also wondered what happened with the large pillar in the background, I can't see it in street view. Wikipedia teaches me it was blown up by the IRA in 1966.

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  5. Great postcards. Would love to go to Dublin.

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  6. We haven't had streetcars here since the early 1950s, but it is possible that we might have some in the future.

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  7. I love these old postcards? I wonder the time difference between those first two pictures?

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    1. Typing on my iPad leads to mistakes..... Like that first ? In my comment.

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  8. Great postcards. Have they been painted to achieve that soft effect?

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  9. The postcards make Dublin seem like a wonderful place to visit.

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  10. Lovely postcards! The first one with the double-decker buses is really fun and the last one of the park is so pretty.

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  11. I had the same question as Rob, but now I don't have to look up the answers. It's a place near the top of my travel list.

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  12. I have quite a few postcards from Ireland that I found tossed in a trash can. I'll have to take a look to see if there are any from Dublin. I think there were.

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  13. Of course the first thing that springs to mind for me when I see the O'Connell St. card, is this post: http://acadianeire.blogspot.ca/2011/11/sepia-saturday-103-tale-of-one-city-in.html

    Interesting. There's a Sackville, New Brunswick, if I'm not mistaken.

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  14. Wonderful postcards of trams in Dublin. You don't see many trams anymore. When we were in Edinburgh in 2009 (my one and only trip to Scotland) they had the whole city torn up putting in a new tram system. I believe it was supposed to take several years. It was very disappointing from a tourist's standpoint.

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  15. What a lovely collection of old postcards. Thanks for sharing them with us, Dakota. Dublin has always been a beautiful, bustling city and from the looks of the St. Stephen's Green postcard, the park hasn't changed that much either. The colourful park is a little oasis within Dublin and a nice place for relaxing. Why not come over for the Christmas market in Dublin or St. Patrick's Day in March next year, Bob? The Christmas Fair at Dublin Docklands will start on 8th December and ends 23rd December. Dublin also hosts a Christmas market at The Square Town Centre. Ireland will welcome you with open arms.

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