VINTAGE PHOTOS: Irish Children Through The Ages

Saying Hello 1934

Photo: National Photographic Archive, Ireland

The National Photographic Archive is running a new exhibition that brings the child out in us all – a photographic record of Irish childhood past.

See the pictures of Irish children through the ages >
Small Lives, to be launched today by Irish Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan, will stay on display until June 2012.

The 50 photographs span over 80 years and depict the trials, joy and (very) occasional luxury of being a child in Ireland from the 1880s to the 1960s.

Aoife O’Connor, curator of the exhibition at the Archive’s Temple Bar premises on Meeting House Square, said:

“We didn’t want to focus exclusively on people who could afford to have their photographs taken. I trawled through thousands of photographs before I managed to select the final 50.”

All photographs courtesy of the National Photographic Archive of Ireland.

Playing In The Water circa 1900

Two girls have their long skirts tucked up and are holding onto each other as they paddle in the sea.

Source: National Photographic Archive.

Bleeding Statues 1920

During the War of Independence local people believed that a miracle had stopped Templemore from being completely destroyed. Around 15,000 people a day came to pray at the statues outside Dwan's shop. The statues were said to have begun bleeding while the town was being attacked.

Source: National Photographic Archive.

St Patrick's Day 1924

A group of dancers prepares for St Patrick's Day festivities in Dublin.

Source: National Photographic Archive.

Children's Party 1924

Saying Hello 1934

This little girl is being introduced to a donkey at Dublin Zoo in the Phoenix Park. Her mother has given her some bread for the donkey but the little girl has decided to eat it herself.

Source: National Photographic Archive.

Aran Island Girls 1939

The girls in this picture are wearing a variety of traditional Aran clothing: pampooties, crios belts and crossover shawls. Pampooties are simple shoes made from a single piece of leather laced over the foot with thongs. A crios is a wide hand woven belt. The stitching on their homemade clothes is clearly visible.

Source: National Photographic Archive.

Children Play Red Cross During The Civil War 1922

Children's games often reflect what they see around them. Here the children are acting out what must have been a familiar scene in Dublin in the years of the Civil War.

Source: National Photographic Archive.

Na Fianna Eireann Ca 1914 1923

Military-style youth organisations for boys were popular all over Europe in the early 1900s. These boys are learning first aid.

Source: National Photographic Archive.

Net Making Circa 1890

These boys are in the industrial Fishing School in Baltimore, County Cork. The school taught them a useful trade but conditions were very harsh.

Source: National Photographic Archive.

Metal Man circa 1900

This is one of three pillars built to help prevent shipwrecks at Tramore. The Metal Man is part of local folklore. These girls are perhaps a bit young to be testing the legend that if you hop barefoot around the Metal Man three times you would marry within the year.

Source: National Photographic Archive.

Photographer's Children Circa 1900

Violet Poole and her brother help their father with some experimental photography.

Source: National Photographic Archive.

Baby's First Pony Circa 1910

Sitting on his pony in a basket saddle this baby looks rather puzzled. His parents are obviously very proud of their first son.

Source: National Photographic Archive.

Sisters? 1906

This is in fact brother and sister. Young children were often dressed alike at this time. Props and poses were used to show whether the child was a boy or a girl in art and photographs -- this boy is standing and has been given a toy animal instead of a doll.

Source: National Photographic Archive.

Dress As Loosely As Possible 1910

Gathering Turf 1963

A pair of shy young girls pose for the photographer. Collecting turf was a job for the whole family. Photographed in 1963 they show a way of life that existed in Ireland for hundreds of years but is now disappearing.

Source: National Photographic Archive.

Froebel's First Gift Circa 1892

School Boys Circa 1892

School Girls Circa 1892

The girls' school is photographed on the same day as the previous picture by Major Ruttledge Fair for James Tuke. Tuke visited the west of Ireland in 1880 to report on living conditions. As part of his work to help the poor he sponsored some families to emigrate to Canada.

Source: National Photographic Archive.

A Place To Read 1969

Sitting in a tea chest is one way to get away from a busy market place and enjoy a book. Cumberland Street market is still held every Saturday in Dublin.

Source: National Photographic Archive.

Skipping 1969

The Ballymun flats in north County Dublin were built in 1966 as part of a plan to move families out of the crowded city centre and away from tenement life.

Source: National Photographic Archive.

Posing For The Camera 1969

A young girl enjoying the sunshine during the Corpus Christi festival. Henrietta Street is one of Dublin's oldest wealthy Georgian streets where the buildings later became tenements for the working classes.

Source: National Photographic Archive.

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