BUFA STREET SCHOOL 1637
This photograph of Bufa Street School, Antrim Road Belfast was taken in 1908.
Sadly no one is known but see how a lot of the children are wearing sailor
suits and the bigger boys with their suits and white collars.
BALMORAL SHOW 1946
This is Bob Wilson owner of the Hall's Hotel at the Balmoral Show in 1964.
He had just won "Best Clydesdale" and was showing off the horse,
just look how the two of them are in step with each other!
BELLA THOMPSON 2520
This is Bella Thompson wife of Sam Thompson having her photograph taken in
Prince's Studio, High Street a branch of Abernethy's
This is Marie Mitchell being helpful by minding a neighbours child who is
Mary Mo McBride.
Now Marie today is still being helpful behind the counter of Tesco's Customer
Information. Also she still has that lovely smile and twinkle in her eye!
Sitting enjoying the sunshine while visiting her uncle Micky Collins in hospital
is Marie Mitchell.
The sun was also shining down on the English because it was the 30th July
1966 and the England football team has won the World Cup.
As it was a sunny day Cassie Mitchell decided to her children and their friends
to the park to enjoy the day while it lasts.
In fron of her from the left are Dermott McNeice, Michael Mitchell, Richard
Dean and John Mitchell.
JOHN MITCHELL 2740
Standing proudly in his service uniform is John Mitchell who was a sergeant
in the Kings Own Regiment
GREAT PALS 2741
All squeezed tight together for they were in a photo booth having their photograph
We haveTina Mitchell, Richard Dean and Michael Mitchell.
The reason for all the lights here at Bellevue is that it was 1935 and was
the Silver Jubilee of King George V.
On the left you will wonder why the telephone box is white instead of red,
that's because back then you could paint them whatever colour you liked. Just
round the corner you can see a billboard, it is advertising dancing in the
Floral Hall. Then opposite on the right is a weighing machine. Now there were
two ways to get to Bellevue Zoo and that was by a bus with no sides to it
and the road up to the zoo was like a road going up a mountain. I loved going
on the bus for when coming down the driver went very fast. The other way in
is in front of you the steps and I have done it when I was young.
At each set of steps there was seating so you could have a rest. Above the
steps is a walkway this took you from one side of the bridge to the other.
BALLYSILLAN NATIONAL SCHOOL 3396
These are the pupils of Ballysillan National School back in 1922 and what
the "3" on the slate means I do not know, If you do please let me
Their master standing behind them with the Santa Claus beard is called Mr.
Matthew Parker, looking at I would say he was firm in his teaching but gentle.
Only two pupils are known in the class and they are in the front row, third
from the left is George Stevenson and next to him his brother Jack Stevenson.
They had another brother called Jimmy who is not in the photograph, now George
went on to become a sailor and emigrated to America. George's ship was in
a convoy delivering supplies to us during World War Two when his ship was
torpedoed and sank. George survived the sinking and also survived floating
about in the Atlantic ocean for four days before being picked up. He was very
lucky for the official orders during the war where that you did not stop for
survivors. Now if George was in the Merchant Navy his wages stopped the minute
his ship went down and he did not start to earn money again until he was working
on another ship! Jack in his adult life became an aeronautical engineer who
created a trade union called the " Aeronautical Engineers Association"
in 1944 when he was only 29 years old, breaking away from the T.U.C. Jack
later in life turned to be a political speech writer for Bernard Weatherill
speaker of the House of Commons and M.P.'s from the three main parties concurrently.
Finally Jimmy when he grew up became a Director of Social Services for Northern
Ireland for witch he was awarded the M.B.E. in 1972.
BALLYSILLAN NATIONAL SCHOOL 3397
It's 1920 and here we are at Ballysillan National School in Belfast for the
pupils annual school photograph. Only three boys are known and they are in
the front row. 5th from the left is George Stevenson, next to him is his brother
Jack Stevenson and 8th in the row is their other brother Jimmy Stevenson.
Now some of the boys in the front row you would think that they were too young
to be at school and you would be correct. Back then if their father and mother
were working the small children could come to school as long as they had a
bigger brother to look after them and of course keep them good in class.
Here we are in the heart of Belfast looking over at the City Hall and in the
sky above you can see the trolleybus overhead lines.
It's early morning yet only 7.30am in the morning of the 5th June 1948 and
the people you can see could possibly be shop assistances for is was Saturday.
BELFAST ELECTRIC TRAM 3834
This is one of the good old Belfast rams oh how I loved them getting upstairs
and at the front and go whizzing, rattling and shaking as you went along at
a good speed. I was on the very last tram to run in Liverpool and it was packed,
then they brought the trolley buses to Belfast, I did not like them but both
them and the trams ran together for a while before they got rid of the trams
and now look, the trams are back in Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh and many
other cities which proves the trams were the best. This tram is moving left
across the photo, you can tell by the pole on top of the tram pointing away
from the tram to connect to the overhead cables that carried the electricity
then down the pole and down to the electiric below which powered the wheels.
It had a driver and conductor to collect the fares and when they reached their
destination the driver would then come to the back of the tram and take hold
of that rope going upwards which was attached to the pole. He would then pull
down on the rope to bring the pole away from the overhead cable, he would
then walk round to the front of the tram and slowly let the pole go back up
and connect with the overhead cable and then they were ready to return. This
is tram number 406 and is on route 56 Heading to the Ligoniel via Duncairn
Gardens. This photo was around May- June 1953 For in the pub window is handing
red, white and blue bunting and a made up crown most likely for the Queen's
Now if anyone can tell me where the tram is in this photograph was taken please
let me know and I will send you a copy.
AGNES BAILLIE M.B.E. 3618
Here standing outside the railing of Buckingham Palace are these three ladies.On
the left Peggey Mrs. H.W. Topham is the sister of the lady in the middle.
The lady on the right is a colleague from Vienna Miss E.D. Standing. Now the
lady in the middle is Agnes Baillie nee Agnes White and the reason they were
at Buckingham Palace was that Agnes had received the M.B.E. for services in
Vienna as Executive Officer with the Allied Control Commission fro 1945.
The date was the 28th February 1951.
BELFAST TRAM 3836
Here we are in Belfast and this is York Street at five minutes to twelve in
1907 and although the sun is out people are still wrapped up so there must
be a chill in the air. To the left of the workman in the foreground is a man
in a black suit, bowler hat and a walking stick leaning against the shop frame
which has a long pole outside which would be associated with a barbers if
it was red and white. The next block of shops the first one is a barbers advertising
"HAIR CUTTING - 3d - " which was three pennies in the old currency.
Also which was extra you could have "SHAVING LOTION" applied. The
street is busy today with plenty of horse and carts coming down the street,
but going up the street is an electric tram number 62. This one is open topped
and three gentleman up there. Downstairs you can see the driver at the front
while at the back is
the conductor and standing on the step next to him and holding on to the upright
bar is a man and a young boy behind him. To the right of the tram are a few
horses and coaches outside the Northern Counties Committee station at York
Road railway station. Waiting for passengers coming off the trains to get
a lift into town. Later on they built new tram tracks that turned in the gates
and stop outside the main entrance to pick up the passengers then on out and
round back on to the main lines into Belfast. The first two on the block on
the right could possibly be pubs, next shop is Taggarts with a man and woman
looking in the window at the frames and gifts, beside them is a tobacconist
and advertising Gallagher's cigarettes. Opposite the shop sits a little boy
with his hand cart hoping to get some work to earn some money.