Pure ’80s Commercialism


Ha’penny Bridge, Dublin


Patsy McGyver writes:

The Ha’penny Bridge, Dublin. Merchants Arch, Wellington Quay in the background. 1880s

…I hate the advertisements.





Dublin Civic Trust write:

A fleeting, rare capture of Arnott’s exotic silhouette with its Eastern-inspired central tower and terminating pavilions prior to decapitation in the late 1940s – the rationale at the time declaring the ornaments as serving “no useful purpose.” Other than civitas, heaven forbid.

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12 thoughts on “Pure ’80s Commercialism

  1. Gabby

    Steam power (the river barge) and electric power (the cute trams) and the Union Jack above the GPO, just a year before the area was rattled by gunfire.

    1. Slightly Bemused

      If I got it right, the pic about the film clip is from about 2:30 in to the vid.

    1. italia'90

      Yikes! Saw that too
      The 1930’s footage will be interesting
      If they have any of the blue shirt wearing fascists
      beating the anti-Franco International Brigade
      before they departed to Spain.

  2. Junkface

    Fascinating film reel! There was so much smog in the background and way more Trams than I would have expected. Plus a Union jack flying over the GPO. Interesting

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