Photo: Post No Bills

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Image by National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Wondering if this is the earliest sighting of a "Post No Bills" warning in our photos (in the archway at the right – no. 18). This is Shop Street, Galway obviously bathed in glorious sunshine, with a horse-drawn tram that’s a little full, to say the least. Also delighted to spot the beautifully dressed woman with her bicycle.

Not too sure about date, so hopefully are some clues in this shot to help us… This tram leaves us between 1879 and 1918, from Niall McAuley’s link about the Galway and Salthill Tramway Company. And Niall also points out that if the photographer had turned left (and gone through a hole in the space-time continuum!), then he would have seen this view.

Thanks to mogey for providing us with a Street View of this now pedestrianised street.

Right, based on the comments below from Niall McAuley, DannyM8, RETRO STU and blackpoolbeach, we’re going to go mad altogether and posit 1910 as a date for this one!

Date: Circa 1910

NLI Ref.: L_CAB_06802

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Question by Caroline: Should my short haired dog be wearing a “sweater” or “jacket” for walks in the winter?
We are in Chicago, so it’s pretty cold. I see people walking their dogs with jackets and sweaters on. Does it really help the dog stay warm or is it just to make the dog look cute?

Best answer:

Answer by jackietaylor82
What breed is it? I have a whippet cross and found stuff online saying they’re not good in cold conditions and need a . Use your common sense – if they shiver out there, they’re too cold. And yes, coats dogs warm 🙂

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    • m b
    • July 2, 2012

    i have boxers and when its cold outside yes i do put sweatshirts on them … they both have doggie shirts … they wear them when its cold and dont mind it at all..

    • barbamatt
    • July 2, 2012

    Some smaller breeds need jackets/sweaters. Chihuahuas one of them. A Chinese Crested is another. Little dogs don’t do well in extreme temperatures. There are other short haired dogs that benefit from jackets.

    My little dog has longer hair, and I put a sweater on him in cold weather. He shakes when he goes outside. He is a Carin/Poodle mix, but he is small and low to the ground.

    Bigger dogs can wear sweaters, but generally it is hard to put one on them and they usually shake off cold better than the smaller breeds. If the big dog is going to be working or out in the weather for some time then a special coat should be considered. It would depend on the dog and how cold it is.

    My personal thought is go by size and coat (fur) to determine and how cold it is out there.

    I don’t think dog sweaters hurt the dog. They are kind of silly, but no real harm is done when people dress their dogs. (I mean for dress up) I don’t bother with it because I don’t feel the need. I do have one or two cold weather sweaters for when it is cold out and that is all.

    • Tigger
    • July 2, 2012

    I have 2 rescued Pedigree Whippets (they carry not fat) & they wear pyjamas around the house when it’s cold. When we go for a walk/run they wear walking out waterproof coats with very warm fleecy linings.

    • stickywicket36
    • July 2, 2012

    yeah if its cold where you are then definately, in the uk the rspca are trying to get people banned from putting fashionable coats and clothing on their dogs but only the type that may restrict natural movement. if you get a proper dog coat it’ll be fine. i want coats for my long haired dogs and its no where near as cold here in london as it is in chicago

    • Common Sense
    • July 2, 2012

    they do keep them warm just like a coat would keep you warm

    best thing to do is check online like google or yahoo seach your dog’s breed and look into all the info you can about your breed

    • Rayven-Fried Sea Kittens Anyone?
    • July 2, 2012

    Yes it helps the dog stay warm. In my neighborhood up here in maine every short haired dog I have seen on a walk has a sweater or a jacket on during the winter. Some people do it to be cute but plenty do it because they want to keep their dog warm.

    • TITA
    • July 2, 2012

    sure if its really cold and if she/he is shivering yeah its okay.i have a chihuahua and this week was pretty cold i put on her tiny sweater it does keep her warm.

    • mogey
    • July 2, 2012 sorry just cant resist streeview! How cluttered it looks now

    • dreamer@desh
    • July 2, 2012

    Excellent, i like it!

    • maorlando-God sustained me 2011 walking w/ me 2012
    • July 2, 2012


    • National Library of Ireland on The Commons
    • July 2, 2012

    [] [] [] Have moved the dating goalposts by 20 years, based on your collective input. Suggesting 1910?

    • National Library of Ireland on The Commons
    • July 2, 2012

    [] Have never heard gyuck! That’s even better than tackies.

    • National Library of Ireland on The Commons
    • July 2, 2012

    [] As we’ve discovered before, the Lawrence glass plate numbering is not logically consecutive, AND there are different sequences. This photo (6802), and the one from the same spot with the tram oncoming (5043) are part of the Lawrence Cabinet or LCab sequence. The one [] queries as being taken on the same day (and it is rare to have such sunny photos of Galway) is part of the Lawrence Royal sequence (10009)…

    If you’d like to see either Shop Street photo here, just shout!

    • National Library of Ireland on The Commons
    • July 2, 2012

    [] I’ve put a note on the Pratt’s Spirit signpost. Just above and to left of lady with bicycle.

    • dorameulman
    • July 2, 2012

    This is just brilliant I love it. Thanks once again for the photo and also the comments 🙂

    • swordscookie back for a while
    • July 2, 2012

    The thing about these old shots is that they are a feast for the eyes. There is so much going on and so many things to see that you could spend hours poring over them and still find something new. I was in Galway during the year and strolled along this stretch in very different weather conditions, we were looking for jackets to put on not taking them off. The corner near the end of the street is still out of alignment – my mother used to say there was a "gyuck" or dogleg in the road, meaning that it had a sharp bend or corner. Well done Niall the only question you haven’t answered so far is why did the chicken cross the road;-))

    • Niall McAuley
    • July 2, 2012

    [] Using the scientific method of staring at both photos ’til I went crosseyed, I have determined that this photo was taken after the one with the oncoming tram. The shadow of the tree on the gable wall at left moves slightly to touch the first floor window.

    Given that the tramway is single tracked, how did the trams pass? On the OS 25" you can see that there are short double sections every now and then: the nearest is on the bridge at Bridge Street, which is where I suppose these two trams passed. So how long would it take a horse to amble from Eason’s to Bridge Street and back? 5-10 minutes?

    • Abaraphobia
    • July 2, 2012

    [] []
    I wonder which photo was taken first? If the main picture was taken first, the running
    boy could be miles away, when the second photo was taken!? 😉

    • blackpoolbeach
    • July 2, 2012

    The womens big hats are not before 1900.
    Schoolboys are wearing capes on the tram.

    • DannyM8
    • July 2, 2012

    Galway Library Same Street, Same Day?

    • Niall McAuley
    • July 2, 2012

    On the W.L numbering scheme: In the nli archive, I see a very similar shot: sunshine, Buttermilk lane, wicker basket on the kerb but the tram is coming towards us! This is also the shot at the Kenny’s page [] found.

    It surely must have been taken within minutes of this one, the shadows are exactly the same. But this one is 6802, and that one is 5043. Those numbers are clearly not strictly chronological, dammit.

    • DannyM8
    • July 2, 2012

    Kennys Bookshop have researched this photo previously. Shop Street SORRY not this picture but a Picture from the same position on the SAME day with a Tram moving in the opposite direction.

    The following from Kenny (May 2008) suggests that the Photo is post 1909 to tie in with the Ryans Centenary.

    On the far right of picture we see the entrance to Buttermilk Lane and part of Anthony Ryan’s Drapery Shop. Ryans will be celebrating their centenary in business next year, so if you have any old photographs or documents or even good stories about the shop, they would love to hear from you.

    • eyelightfilms
    • July 1, 2012

    "A little full"?
    it’s like a train in India.

    Not a banjo-playing crusty to be seen either.

    • DannyM8
    • July 1, 2012

    Esso Ireland website suggests Pratts is post 1898 when the Company was established in ireland. Esso Pratts

    • Niall McAuley
    • July 1, 2012

    I can’t see the Pratt’s ad, but I think 1890 is too early if we’re talking about Pratt’s Motor Spirit. The very earliest Irish motor cars (as he have seen previously) were around 1900..

    • Niall McAuley
    • July 1, 2012

    Xref: If the photographer looked left, he would see this view:

    April 19, 1964

    • Niall McAuley
    • July 1, 2012

    I believe that’s Buttermilk Lane with the "Post No Bills" notice, see the OS 25" map.

    • National Library of Ireland on The Commons
    • July 1, 2012

    [] It always makes me laugh, timing you to see how quickly you’ll spot the random dog!

    • Niall McAuley
    • July 1, 2012

    The The Galway and Salthill Tramway Company operated a passenger tramway service in Galway between 1879 and 1918.

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