You Must Remember This


Stop that.

Dublin, Summer 1974.

Rarely seen images of Dublin life from noted American street photographer William Gedney.

Gedney spent a week in Ireland in July 1974 on a stopover to London calling on from top: The Forty Foot, Sandycove, County Dublin; Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2; Sandymount Strand, Dublin 4; Leonard’s Corner, South Circular Road, Dublin 8; Caledon Road, East Wall, Dublin 3; near the Ha’penny Bridge, Dublin 2.

William Gedney photographs and papers (Duke University)

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37 thoughts on “You Must Remember This

  1. White Dove

    Genius picture placing does these photos credit.

    Thank you Broadsheet for highlighting past Dublin so well.

  2. Rob_G

    @Janet – look, someone taking photos of people without their express permission. Do you think that one of them should have taken his camera off him and smashed it?

    1. Janet, dreams of big guns

      you really do twist what people say or willfully misunderstand context ,
      is this person taking pictures of a disabled child or someone unable to wear a mask for medical reasons in order to report them for their non-compliance to a law that doesn’t apply to them ?

      1. Janet, dreams of big guns

        + oh look it’s the 70’s and the internet hasn’t been invented along with Photoshop and revenge porn and troll stalkers, a different world.
        ( a little more context )

        1. Janet, dreams of big guns

          actually it was invented in the 60’s but still a ways off every phone and social media

          1. Rob_G

            One of those photos seems to be of a naked man – hardly revenge porn, but nor is it a million miles away. The photo was taken by a famous photographer, who would presumably have had it in an exhibition or a publication – so, the largest avenue of dissemination for this type of photo at the time.

          2. Janet, dreams of big guns

            oh way to miss the point, as usual,
            I wasn’t referring to those pictures but the possible use of covert pictures of people on a train,
            you could argue a black crow white IF you were any good at it

          3. Janet, dreams of big guns

            I just saw your conciliatory comment on another point so I’ll apologize for the black crow white dig.
            I still disagree with you though ;)

        2. Gabby

          + 1 People were polite towards strangers in those long ago times. Trolling and name calling and hiding behind computer ‘handles’ were in the ghastly future.

    1. Cian

      There is only one chimney in Poolbeg!!

      just checked – the other chimney wasn’t built until the late 70s

    1. Brother Barnabas

      hawk cliff is the place for that now, goo

      cliff edge, eyes on the horizon, gleaming sea, breeze gently caressing your tootle-pipkin… pure happiness

      1. GiggidyGoo

        Nowadays it’s cooler to kneel facing backways on the front seats of the car, with the fan on high and the aircon at 16.

  3. d

    im not anti-car. but some of those places in the photos look so much nicer without traffic/parked cars blocking up the place. ive no agenda here. just making a comment. and im not saying those times were better.

  4. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

    Would that be the old Central Bank building being built in the last photo?

    1. Brother Barnabas

      good spot, bertie

      wikipedia says it was built between 1971 and 1978 so, yeah, probably

      1. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

        I zoomed in to make sure it wasn’t my aulfella doin’ the dirt.

    2. f_lawless

      Apparently it ran into trouble during the construction phase – 30 feet had to be taken off the top because it was in breach of planning laws. The half-built roof in that pic looks much bigger than I remember. Must have been the original design

  5. f_lawless

    Nice article on McBirney’s department store seen there on Aston Quay. Different times.

    “In essence, it is the story of a small group of long-serving employees, their affection for a dilapidated, broken-down old department store, and their efforts over many years to keep it alive.”

    “It was the only house in town where customers could come in if they had left their chequebooks at home and get £100 cash to see them through. And we would store furniture for people who were moving house or in difficulties. We didn’t charge because we had loads of empty space. And the favours were always returned.”

    Then flamboyant venture capitalist Richard Branson and his multinational Virgin empire took over and began peddling his condoms illegally. Ireland was never the same again!

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