Booking office for British railway now Jordans American Bar the Quay Waterford from the Poole Collection
By Guest Blogger: John Hartery
On the Saturday of the bank holiday in the Granville Hotel those wonderful people from the Imagine Festival Waterford put on a talk about the Poole photographs from a century ago. I thought I'd ramble in and be amongst a handful of hardy afficionados part social history, part photographic buffs. I was completely wrong. The joint was heaving and every available perch was taken as an overflow of all ages snaffled the last few spots on the floor.
Who was this Poole guy and why are folk still keen on his work?
Tramore photographer Margaret O'Brien Moran is now working on the Poole Collection a treasure trove of original photographs from the late 1800's / early part of the last century. A.H.Poole was originally from Somerset but moved and lived in Waterford in 34 The Mall, a glorious building next to the one of T.F.Meagher fame. O' Brien Moran explained the work underway to digitise the original plates by the National Library of Ireland and the National Photographic Archives. The rich history that can be gleaned from the reverse of the original photograph was illustrated and the archive also include's Mr Poole's original accounting records. The collection is believed to be the largest collection of identifiable portraits in Ireland. Contributions from the floor discussed the quality of the photographs and how they stand up to scrutiny in micro-close up to reveal the content of posters, newspapers etc. Curiously, it was revealed that Mr Poole left a note for his family in 1929 'going to Tramore' and was never seen again.
The Poole archive is available for viewing here.
|Diffused bomb in Granville Hotel Waterford 1922 from Poole Collection.|
The Siege of Waterford was discussed and photographs used to illustrate the events. On the right is a picture of Free State soldiers with a diffused bomb. You can read more about the events of the time and the Siege of Waterford here
|Chamber of Commerce, Waterford 1930 from the Poole Collection|
|The extraordinary merchandising of Jones, chemist The Quay, Waterford from the Poole Collection|
It us understood that the National Archives intend arranging an exhibition of his work next year. Let's hope that the people of Waterford can see the original pictures in his hometown.
A wonderful event and well done to everybody involved.