I always understood that ‘greengrocer’ was one word, not two.
It appears that Paidí Ó Sé’s shop in Ventry and this old shop on Shandon Street, Cork had a different opinion preferring ‘green grocer’ – or maybe they were environmentally friendly before it became popular……
“greengrocer noun a person or shop that sells fruit and vegetables. greengrocery noun the produce sold by a greengrocer.
Earlier, I spotted on Photos of Cork, an old photograph of the Swan & Cygnet at the start of Patrick’s Street.
It reminded me of the old signage for the bar which still hangs in Cork – a bit distant from the original location.
I am close to finishing Peig (as Béarla). Leaving the coffee shop this morning, I got talking to CC about it being a record of social history – of a time past.
Then I saw a picture on the front of The Irish Examiner of a family in 1991 kneeling to say the rosary at home. The image was by Richard Fitzgerald and features in a spread in US Black & White Photography magazine. It reminded of a discussion with a, now retired, friend who said that when he married, he and his wife knelt to recite the rosary before entering the matrimonial bed – another prod towards a history of times past.
Then when tidying up my record of photographs, I remembered this recently taken in Cloyne. Similar to the Horse Repository, I really like the old plaster moulded signs as they survive well beyond the trade or activity ceases – more record of social history.
I cannot imagine any retail company surviving now specialising in seeds and manure but maybe it is just not my market……
A while back, Ian’s blog reminded me of old petrol pumps, Sine then, I have recorded the few that I have come across – in varying stages of neglect. And one unusual installation at Begley’s Forge.
MeticulousMick’s update today prompted a picture gallery.
Last week, I was in a house in Cork and was very pleasantly surprised to come across this little sign on the back of the hot press door.
It brought a number of thoughts.
That there was a time when three digits were sufficient to uniquely identify all the telephones in Cork – so no more than 999 telephone lines, and that property on Merchant’s Quay was one.
That the plumber must have been one of the first to leave his number in the hot press as a marketing reminder for when there might be a problem.
That Merchants Quay as in the photograph hanging in Dan Lowry’s was a much nicer streetscape then rather than now.
This evening, I had to look up the dictionary for ‘repository’.
Earlier today, in Limerick, I came across the term ‘Horse Repository’ for the first time. A lovely old sign. A delight to see still existing.
Long may it survive.
Yesterday, I spotted this on the Grand Parade – on the façade of the building occupied by La Galerie.
It looks like the main body of an old advert or crest had been removed. They left just enough to intrigue the likes of me and have us looking at old photographs as to what might have been there.
Or maybe someone knows.
Recently I spotted this downpipe hopper on Brown Thomas’ building on Maylor – yet another throwback to the former Cash & Co or Cash’s.
As I mentioned in an earlier blog, I was in Castlelyons last weekend.
For the past few months, I have been keeping an eye out for old ads. I was able to add to my collection.
That small part of me that might be considered romantic hopes that the plaque was left as a reminder of the history of the city and the very many who lived with and purchased in Cash’s.
That part with a concern for building conservation has a slight suspicion that its removal may have damaged the stonework and so it was retained for pragmatic reasons.
The cynical part, a not insubstantial part, is convinced that someone made a mistake……
This morning I was out and about around Old Blackrock Road, Victoria Avenue and Boreenmanna Road. I noted a few buildings that are now residences but in the past were shop units of some sort or other.
You will see many of their type in almost every village, town, suburb and city.
When I drove through Castletownroche a few weeks ago, it was a sleepy little town. It definitely did not give off the scent of a thriving commercial hub.
Does a similar fate await Cork city centre? Not just the cars as may have done for Castletownroche but parking; suburban shopping centres; human desire to have all things in one place; internet shopping.
If you like the convenience of a local shop, support it.
Maybe it is a factor of my age or just my disposition but I am a firm believer that if a product has a brand image, then stick with it – many will take comfort from how long we have lived with it.
Rebranding may be good for the marketing and printing people but I would be in the ‘Wonder Why’ grouping
If rebranding does occur, I would have thought it fundamental to remove all the old branding to remove confusion – and not just cover over with something that may be uncovered in the future.
I am probably in a minority to consider it artwork or possibly sculpture.
Maybe it is my liking of old signs.
Marina Road (or Marina Walk in some maps) is not a street that one would travel down very often so it was a pleasant surprise to spot the gate recently.
Many months ago, I was having a conversation about the location of Queen Victoria’s statue in Cork – the exhumed one.
This led to there being very many other references to Queen Victoria remaining in Cork – streetnames; buildings; and, many postboxes with VR embossed on them.
Last week I was in Passage and noted the large plaque in the wall on the dockyard. Last night, I received an email with a link to John Spillane’s song The Ferry Arms. It made me smile as to the proximity of a Glasgow Celtic house to Royal Victoria.
He may well have an argument but I wish the likes of Murphy’s and Lane’s were still trading rather than the likes of Merchant’s Quay Shopping Centre and Faulkner’s Lane where the outlets are the same as any major city.
Are we conceding any sense of individual identity to the multinational brand?
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