Posted by: marthabernie | March 28, 2015

SACKVILLE STREET – Dublin, Ireland – Very Early Photograph

013This is a very early image of what was Sackville Street (and Carlisle Bridge in the foreground) in Dublin, Ireland.  It comes off an old stereocard.  Stereoscopes were popular in the late 1800’s, but I think the photo here is perhaps 1870’s or 1880’s.  Look at the tall hats on the men, and the very wide and round dresses of the women.  Today, of course, this is known as O’Connell Bridge and O’Connell Street.  That’s the Nelson Pillar in the center, sticking up in the middle of the street.  The pillar was topped by a statue of Horatio Nelson, the English naval hero.  Erected in 1808-09, the pillar survived Irish independence in 1922, but was bombed and destroyed by Irish republican rebels in 1966.


  1. The round and wide dresses make the picture earlier than the 1870s. The 1870s and 1880s were both bustle decades.


    • Thanks for the clarification. I thought they looked like Mary Todd Lincoln dresses but did not want to venture a guess that they were that early.


  2. Magnificent photo.


  3. One interesting detail is the width of Carlisle Bridge shown here. Built by Gandon in the 1790s it was only widened in 1877-1880 to match the width of the street. O’Connell Bridge, as it is now called, is actually wider than it is long. Thus the image shown above must date from before 1877!


    • Yes, I thought it was a fairly early photo. Thanks for the information.


  4. Very interesting photo! 🙂 ♥ ❤ pinned this post @


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