I had understood that Murphy’s Brewery commenced in 1856 – after all it is on the plaque on the wall and in the advertising slogan (as well as the previous advertising before the S was added)
Then I spotted the sign at The Bridge House Bar in Mallow and wondered. Sean Beecher’s book also mentions 1854.
Murphy’s website says that the site of the foundling hospital was purchased in 1854 but that brewing did not commence until 1856.
This may be an excuse to warrant stopping for a high stool discussion at The Bridge House for any history on the date on the gable.
‘P32 – “Hewitt’s distillery, until it amalgamated with the Cork Distilleries company, was in Watercourse Road. Murphy’s Brewery was established in 1854……in the Watercourse Road area situated on the site of an old Foundling Hospital”’
And to think that Hugh Jordan remains in big painted letters. It should really be a protected structure to bring a smile to those of us wishing to be brought back to teenage years.
I suspect that this counts as a ghostsign.
It is on the fanlight over the door to a doctor’s surgery but the fanlight has been covered over externally, so one can only read the message in negative.
Interesting that 5 digits were sufficient for all Cork numbers – a huge increase from three digits.
Wikipedia defines a ‘ghostsign’ as an old hand-painted advertising sign that has been preserved on a building for an extended period of time. The sign may be kept for its nostalgic appeal, or simply indifference by the owner.
Last week I saw some tweets about ghostsigns in Cork and elsewhere so it prompted me to create a tab for ghostgigns on the blog and go back through all old blog posts to add the tag where appropriate – here.
I have extended my tag definition to include old signs of plaster and other material on buildings which no longer have the use or ownership advertised.
This prompted me to upload some ghostsigns from Cork that I have not shown previously.
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.
On Monday, the 11th August, the radio advised that it was the tenth anniversary of the first secure online transaction - "Ten Summoner's Tales" by Sting.
I was reminded of this sticker on the Post Office in Clondrohid that I came across only ten days previously.
It was in 1996 that the Cork Examiner was last printed – changing its name to The Examiner and then the Irish Examiner. Prior to that they had moved to telephone sales and placing one’s ad online was probably available about then also.
Just like the anecdote of the local telephone exchange operator knowing the business of all in the locality, it could be argued that a local agent for advertisements in the newspaper would similarly be made aware of one’s business.
But I think that is a small cost to bear for personal interaction, for the joy of speaking directly with someone who is trying to help you with your transaction. The help was genuine which I have never experienced online.
The norm of online sales and automated telephone systems is not doing a lot to promote the art and joy of conversation.
I suppose this might be considered an odd observation on an online blog. Maybe it is my romance with and attraction for a past age.
A while back, when out for a drink with Micko, I spotted this typo in an old ad on the wall of the LV Bar in the old Windsor Hotel.
It took Micko a while to spot the error.
The answer can be found here and here.
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