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1900's colours help - a picture puzzle
« on: July 07, 2017, 04:32:54 AM »
Hi guys. I've been enjoying the forums for a while now but this is my first post, so hello to everyone!

I'd really like to enhance one of the Hogg photos from the BCA and I was hoping to get some input please. I tried a blind run but it's starting to look like a still from the Wizard of Oz rather than an urban street scene. The photo shows the junction of King Street and Mill Street in 1914.

Here are examples of things I'm struggling with;

1/ The Officers uniform - blue, black or green?
2/ The lamps and tram overheads - painted or bare metal?
3/ Cobblestones - do they match the pavement or have a different hue?
4/ Upper walls and Storefronts - what are typical period colours?
5/ The leftmost store in foreground - What was it?
6/ The wall mounted street sign doesn't say King Street - what does it say?
7/ The whiskey store - Whats written at start of sign? It looks like '49 Ventee' but the spacing seems wrong.
8/ The lower windows read *something* Whiskey Bonder. Also, can anyone make out the writing on the front facing window beside the Policeman?
9/ Was the whiskey store called the Evening Star? I thought that was a newspaper of the time.

Please post if you can help with any of the above. Thanks :)

PS: Did anyone notice the smiling guy gawking out of the first window in the whiskey store? One of Belfasts earliest photo-bombs!

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Re: 1900's colours help - a picture puzzle
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2017, 09:48:34 AM »
Hi Peet
Sorry can't help with most of your questions except 6 and 7.
The sign on the wall is possibly the name of the electoral ward.
The name of the publican looks like McEntee.
I'm sure you'll get help with the rest of your questions from other members.
Good luck!


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Re: 1900's colours help - a picture puzzle
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2017, 01:01:30 PM »
Thanks Sanbrad,

I think you're right on the McEntee name. Also I looked up the 1901 wards and it lists King Street as being Woodvale. It's too blurry to see properly but the sign does seem to start with the letter W.

Appreciated! :)