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
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MINDING 2737
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!
VISITING 2738
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.
PLAYTIME 2739
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 taken.
We haveTina Mitchell, Richard Dean and Michael Mitchell.
BELLVUE 3129
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 know.
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.
BELFAST 3471
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.
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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 Coronation.
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.