FIRST WORLD WAR POSTCARD 065
The postcard as you can see it is from Belgium but it has not been used so
it cannot be dated.
FIRST WORLD WAR POSTCARD 449
This postcard was posted to a Master Robert Murdock from his father who
was fighting in France.
It has two stampmarks on the back, one was a Censor Stamp No. 560 and the
other was the Army Post Office and it was franked 29th June 1917.
"Dear Robbie, How do you like this little
lot on the other side, .where did you get the green socks you look quite
Love from Daddy."
Daddy came home safely from the war.
FOUNTAIN STREET 040
Used to be called Townhead, but the townsfolk called it ' Top of the
Town' and still do.How it got the name Fountain Street is quite obvious because
next to the lamp post is one of the town's water pumps. The boy to the right
of the picture is in his bare feet and in front of the man is a child sitting
down. Take a look at the road, only cart tracks no vehicles. If you are ever
in the area see if you can find the green water pump that people drank from,
its still there. After the First World War they mounted a war cannon in concrete
next to the water pump.
Date is Unknown.
FIRST ANTRIM PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 021
Built in 1834 but unfortunately was burn down in 1860. It was rebuilt,
and the interior was altered in 1903. From the outside the building has
retained its appearance from the 1800's.
To the left of the picture is the Bruce Memorial School which taught approximately
100 pupils. Behind the school is the Sexton's house. These buildings were
replaced in 1994 with a large Church Hall.
Date is unknown.
Standing all smiles for the camera at the back door of McCabe's the butchers
in Castle Street.
On the left is Mickey Nesbitt with his arm round Pam Nesbitt, while on the
other side is Robin McCabe.
FATHERS & SONS 2425
Here with have the Rev Mitchell of High Street Presbyterian & the Rev
McJury of 1st Antrim Presbyterian out a walk with their sons.
Now all the people in this photograph are unknown. but to me it looks like
they are all brothers. Now were they going away? were they signing up? It
has to be something important for the men travelled to Howard's Studio at
53 Donegal Place or to the other studio's at Windsor Ave in Lurgan.
On the back of the photograph one of the men had written the following: "
From Harry To Mother with love."
FEEDING TIME 2699
Outside the family farm house we have Granny showing her grandson who to feed
the hens and ducks.
Perhaps she's fattening then up for Christmas, who knows? and that goes for
their names as well.
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FLEMING WEDDING 2767
This photograph takes us back to Saturday the 18th March 1961 when the Wedding
of Jackie and Phyllis Fleming nee Harkness had just taken place at Templepatrick
Presbyterian Church. Here they are in the bridal car heading off to their
reception which was being held in the Protestant Hall in Antrim.
Phyllis's dress was Ballet length and made of Satin brocade, the flowers were
deep red roses with ferns.
OLIVE FLEMING 2827
Sitting on Antrim Castle wall is Olive Fleming and in the background you can
see part of the Octagon tower.
OLIVE FLEMING 2836
Here we are in Antrim Castle grounds and this is Olive Fleming looking at
the lilies in the long pond
Olive remembers when she was a young girl because she was the tallest she
got the job of getting the lilies!
GEORGE FLEMING 2837
This is George Fleming in Antrim Castle grounds, his location is near Coltworthy
House. George who worked for Lord Massereene is only posing here with the
gun and his trusty dog.
GEORGE FLEMING 2870
Here we are somewhere in the grounds of Antrim Castle and taking time out
from his job as Gamekeeper is George Fleming, the dog's name is unknown.
JUAN MANUEL FANGIO 2885
This is Juan Manual Fangio racing at Dundrod in the Tourist Trophy race.
Juan Manuel Fangio (June 24, 1911 July 17, 1995), nicknamed El
Chueco ("knock-kneed") or El Maestro ("The Master"),
was a racing car driver from Argentina, who dominated the first decade of
Formula One racing. He won five Formula One World Driver's Championships a
record which stood for 46 years until eventually beaten by Michael Schumacher
with four different teams (Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Maserati),
a feat that has not been repeated since. Many still consider him to be the
greatest driver of all time. He has the highest winning percentage in Formula
One (46.15%) compared to Schumacher's 33.09%.
He is the only Argentine drive to have won the Argentine Grand Prix, having
won it four times in his career.
My thanks to Ed Cunningham now
of Ontario, Canada for this photograph.
FANCY DRESS PARADE 2211
It's the annual fancy dress parade in Antrim and we join it in Church Street
back in 1946 with these three lovely muscular lassies along with the gentleman.
The middle lassie is Frank Reford, the other two lassies are unknown to me,
behind them in the distance is a little girl dressed as Bo-Peep.
Now in front of her a real lovely lassie and well known to us all is Anna
McCabe and behind the man in the group is young Lizzie Loughlin.
FIRST COMMUNION 2228
What a wonderful day off to have their first Communion in 1963 we have Eugene
and Josie Madden with their sponser Auntie Mary O'Neill.
Relaxing on the rug in the fields at Firmount we have Mary Fleming.
FOLLOWERS OF FASHION 1741
Standing in their front garden at Firfields we have these two dedicated followers
of fashion Ena and Mary Fleming.
As you can see Polka-dot dresses and white high heeled shoes where the in
thing back then.
FAMILY GET-TOGETHER 2077
It's 1936 and some of the Clarke family have got together with friends for
Only a few are known and they are at the back on the left is Aunt Carrie,
then far right Peggy Clarke.
The front row has Gerry Healy with his nephew Chris Lea on his knee, Grandma
Clarke with twin Alice McAteer on her knee, Patricia McAteer with the other
twin Kathleen McAteer on her knee and finally Maisie Clarke.
Leaning against the windowsill of her mum's new home in Firfields is Ena Fleming.
Sitting at their front door in Firfields we have Ena and Mary Fleming holding
on to the dogs who are raring to go. Two of the dogs names by way are Sheila
and Jif who would be away in a flash!
FATHER CHRISTMAS 1750
Now Christmas time is when you go to visit Santa before he comes to your home
to visit you.
So it was that Doris McQuillan took her sisters Lilian and Elsie and her brother
Jim who are clutching presents that Santa has given them.
FEATHER IN HIS CAP 1633
This little fellow having his photograph taken in Princes Studio 19 High Street
Belfast but from Antrim may have a feather in his cap but is sadly unknown.
Just look at the lovely lacework and those tiny leather shoes with the buttons
on the side.
FLORENCE KNOX 1611
Here we have smiling as always Florence Knox aged 8 years getting her school
FATHER CHRISTMAS 2078
These two girls had travelled all the way from Antrim to Belfast and stood
in the long queue which seemed to never move forward at Robbs store.
So it's no wonder to see the delight and happiness on their faces at meeting
Father Christmas and getting their presents.
It's a day they have never forgotten, for the girls are Olive Healy and Patricia
Mackreth back in 1949.
ANNIE FLEMING 1716
This portrait photograph is of Annie Fleming of Riverside, Tommy's wife and
this photograph was taken in the mid 1800's.
FLEMING OR MILLAR FAMILY 2335
This family group photograph is either the Flemings or the Millars.
Two names on the back of it say Malcom & Minnie, whether this is the parents
or children I do not know.
If you know these people or are a Millar, Fleming or related from the Antrim
area. Please let me know.
HARRY FLEMING 1688
This handsome young 17 year old back in 1948 is our very own Harry Fleming.
Now what Harry was supporting with the rosette in his lapel is unknown.
TOMMY FLEMING 1715
This is Tommy Fleming in Riverside, Tommy was a Foul Dealer and this photograph
was taken in the mid 1800's.
This is John Fox of Fox's pub at Dunadry showing off the large display of
cups won by the pub's darts team.
FIRST ANTRIM PRESBYTERIAN CUBS 1282
This is First Antrim Presbyterian Cubs being photographed in 1966 as it was
their Golden Jubilee.
The only one known at the moment is Gordon McCrea and he is sitting on the
floor second from the right.
FATHER CHRISTMAS 1429
In Santa's arms and clutching tight to her present is Jackie Jenkins and below
her is her brother John Jenkins holding his present in 1960. This shows how
far Santa travels for this isn't Antrim, Ballymena or even Belfast it's Mombassa
in Africa! Jackie left Castle Street in Antrim with her mum, dad and brother
when she was 6 months old.
FAMILY GATHERING 1435
Back in 1970 this would be a familiar scene of neighbours have a bit of craic.
At the back on the left we have Sadie Jenkins holding her baby son Mark, then
Mary Murphy, Mary McCabe and Elizabeth McCabe. Holding on to the clothes line
post is Robin Buck, in the wheelchair is Agnes and beside her is Jackie Jenkins.
Kneeling on the ground are Sharon Jenkins and Eleanor Buick.
FRIENDSHIP CLUB 2434
Here we are at the Friendship Club and it's Christmas-time and of course being
Christmas Santa has come to meet all these boys and girls.
Now I only know some of the names so here they are, Mr Spiers, Joe Gaynor,
Nary Gaynor, Gladys Bradley, Susan Fleming, Mrs McCaul, Mrs McMurray &
FOUR L'S 1542
This group of musicians back in their day were known as the Four L's but also
known as the Round Tower and Crimson Ceilidh Band.
Apparently they got your feet tapping before you got on the floor for a dance,
the drummer is Joe Letters and came from Whitehill Road, playing the accordian
is Joe Duffin from the prefabs in Antrim.
Giving us a tune on the fiddle is Thomas Lynch from Lynch's Bar in Randalstown
and finally on the accordian is Johnnie Logan of Nooks Lane, Whitehill.
FULL STEAM AHEAD 1353
Taken from the Path Head on the Oldstone Road in 1959, it's full steam ahead
for this old lady from the past.
FERGUSON FAMILY 1427
Out for a Sunday walk down by the shore of Lough Neagh in 1948 we have some
of the Ferguson family with friends.
Standing we have Samuel Ferguson next to him is his wife Margaret Ferguson.
The lady with her son are both unknown but next is their daughter Ester Ferguson.
The man with the little girl on his knee are also unknown.
FOR THE HIGH JUMP 1367
Hoping the best here at the high jump is Bob Fawcett. Bob who was in the Boys
Brigade was down at Carnlough with 1st Antrim B.B. at the summer camp
FOOTBALL FANS 842
Outside the Midland Railway Station we have followers for Linfield and Ballymena
who were playing in the Irish Cup Final of 1958.
In the back row is Andy Blair, Clifford Wilson, Norman McIlroy and Sammy Young.
Kneeling is Harry Kelly, Mervyn Cummings and Matt McCullough.
FLYING COALMAN 1046
This is Alex Agnew outside his house in Ballybentra Road, Dunadry in 1933
standing next to the lorry that he used to deliver coal with for John Kelly.
He must have not only been good at his job but also fast! as apparently there
was a poem about him called " The Flying Coalman".
This is F. T. Smith's shop in High Street in 1936 - now he was not only a
Chemist but an Optician and worst of all a Dentist! The shop also catered
for the tourists as you can see by the crowd outside and also the car with
the pile of luggage at the back. Here the tourist could by the usual postcards,
Bog Oak souvenirs and Bellek China. Best of was that you could leave your
films here and collect them the following day. These were developed and printed
by Mr.. and Mrs Nicholl in Church Street, they also did the photos for quite
a number of shops and Hotels. Remember there was no machines back then, these
were all done by hand and Mrs Nicholl remembers working long hours into the
night to make sure all the photos were completed for the following day. Now
look to your left and you can just catch a glimpse of Nutt's Entry and the
cottages of the lesser well-off lived, no running water no electric only oil
MATILDA FRANCEY 2608
This Matilda Francey neeHume from Antrim having her photograph taken at Jerome's
Looking very smart back on the 12th April 1939 and unknown to Matilda it was
only 5 months away from the start of WWII.
FINNEGAN CHILDREN 2555
Having their photograph taken at a studio back in 1908, on the left in her
white linnen dress and buttoned up shoes is May Finnegan.
Beside her and standing proud in his sailor uniform is her brother Ustie Finnigan.
FRENCHMAN'S HOUSE 664
This was the Frenchman's house and here it was that the head gardener of Antrim
Castle lived with his family. Taken in 1965.
FRENCHMAN'S HOUSE 811
This sporty looking lady is Sadie McElrea getting some practice before the
big game back in 1929. Then aged 17, Sadie actually lived on Castle Street
in a house known locally as 'The Frenchman's House'. It earned that name from
its most famous inhabitant (apart from Sadie), acclaimed artist Victor Du
Noyer. Behind Sadie is the scullery and often Lady Diana of Massereene as
a young girl would come and visit Sadie's elder sister and she would knock
on the back door. This drove Sadie's poor mum mad, as after all Diana was
a lady and should use the front door - which mortified her as she would then
have to bring her through the scullery and kitchen to the parlour.
FOUR GENERATIONS 1175
This family photograph taken in the 1950's has a difference to it for it is
of four generations of the one family.
At the back on the left is Mary Taylor then seated is her daughter Priscilla
Steele whose daughter is on the right at the back Jean O'Neill and her daughter
is on gran's knee and she is called Elizabeth.
FIRST BORN 808
The Second World War brought hardship to people living across the Untied Kingdom,
and Antrim was no Exception. But the end of hostilities brought with it a
new optimism - and what could epitomise those hopes for the future better
that this charming picture of Georgia Hughes nee McElrea of Antrim and David
from England in 1945 with their first born Christopher in India.
Standing behind her cousins who at the moment are unknown is Edith Buick at
Firhill. The year is 1944.
Enjoying the 1955 school holidays in Firfields we have the
Reade girls (from left) Evelyn, Lena, Ester, Margaret, Bessie who is more
interested in her handbag and Penny the dog who is bored and wants to play,
that's what holidays are for!
This is John Boyd in Firfields sitting astride a Royal Enfield 350 Bullet,
the registration was KZ 4657.
The year is unknown.
A MOTHER'S JOY 2610
One cannot but notice the love and joy of a mother showing off her first born.
Matilda Francey is a fine example for here she is with her son Jim Francey
back in late 1940.
The girls standing in Firfields are at the back Pearl Hanlon, Mary Boyd and
In the front we have Pamala Hanlon and Miss Allen.
The year is unknown.
Out for a walk this foursome were having their photograph sitting on the embankment
opposite Mount Cottage Primary School in 1948.
On the left is Sam McCombe from Dunadry who went on to start his own business
in Antrim called the McCombe Bros. Next is Lily Gibb from Dungonnell, then
Leslie Steele from the Oldstone and finally Lily's sister Isobel Gibb.
FLAX SOFTENING 2391
It's 1947 a real thankless job, they are lifting out the raw flax from this
dam. They have still a good bit to go for that is not dry land in front of
them but the flax being softening by the water in the dam. You might think
that it's not really a bad job, but that could take all day to empty the dam
of the flax.Remember the flax has been lying the dam for a while and so the
stench when they start lifting it is so unbelievable you can smell it half
a mile away! Doing this terrible jobs from the left is Tom Hessin, Robie Hessin,
Robert McCready and Tom Hessin who is forking back the best of the raw flax.
FOSSETTS CIRCUS 2474
Here we are at Fossetts Circus and just before going in the girls are having
their photograph taken back in the 1970's. On the left is Pamela Rantin being
dragged back into line, then Angela Rantin and Dawn Rantin.
Standing out in front is Lorriane Hutchins who is looking at the lion she
wanted to bring home but had to settle for a dog!
THE FAMOUS THREE 2612
Here we have the famous three who played in the streets of Antrim having their
photograph taken at the side wall of Orr School.
They are Jim Francey aged 8, May Francey and Drew Francey aged 6 back in 1948.
FRANCEY CHILDREN 2613
Having their school photograph taken back in 1949 is Jim Francey and his brother
WE ARE SAILING 2614
It's 1953 and we are here in harbour at Portrush and waiting to go out on
a boat trip are these four trusty sailors. On the left is John Hume, then
Jim Francey, David Johnston and finally Jim's brother Drew Francey.
Standing in the doorway of her home at 132 Abbey View, Muckamore in 1949
is Tillie Francey with her Sister-in-law Anna Francey.
ANDREW FRANCEY 2714
Here we are out at Muckamore and standing in the garden of his Grandmother's
home at 132 Abbeyview we have Andrew Francey in the late 60s. Andy worked
in the Coop in Glengormley where he met his wife Ethel McDonald. They then
emigrated to Sydney Australia where he worked for Quantas Airlines until he
retired in the 1990s.
FRANCEY TWINS 2609
Here we are in the Francey family home in 1943 and these two bundles of joy
are May and Drew Francey.
FANCY DRESS 276
The Bride is May Baird and the groom 'Charlie Chaplin is Jeannie
This photograph was taken at Spa Terrace, date is unknown.
FAMILY OUTING 993
Out enjoying the sun in 1937 are some of the Agnew family
and on the left is Alex Agnew then his mother Rachel, his brother Willie and
then his father William. The babies are Ann and Maudie and they were twins,
in front are Jack and Rita. Take a look at the soles of the grandfather's
boots, they are covered in nails to make them last and were called Hob-nail
boots. On sure thing was that you could always hear your dad coming before
you saw him.
FIELD OF DREAMS 795
Sadly you would not see this scene around Antrim now as the fields have disappeared
under so called progress.
This is Stella Harkness picking a lovely bunch of daises for her mother. The
year is unknown.
FAMILY GATHERING 1047
Seated outside their house just outside Dunadry in 1920 we have the Agnew
On the left with her beautiful long ringlets is Maudie, mum (Rachel) is next
with Alex beside her. Tom is in front of Alex and Bessie his big sister is
next. Then dad William in his suit with his fob and watch chain showing. Beside
him in a velvet suit with a white collar is Willie, the dog is unknown. Bessie
later in life married a postman from Antrim. Now take a look at all their
shoes, what a shine, I wonder who spit and polished them?
All set for a walk in 1959 on a summer's day we have Norman McCaig in the
centre at his home in Firfields on the Lough Road.
His pal on the left is Herbie Napier and his other pal on the right is Hubert
FEYMORE NATIONAL SCHOOL 538
This Feymore National School in 1923.
B.Row: Maureen Brankin, Farncis McDowell, Margaret McGarry, Margaret Nelson,
Winnifred Nelson, Margaret Armstrong, Margaret Armstrong (Burns) and Rose
M.Row: Hugh Brankin, Kathleen Brankin (Lavery), Kathleen Nelson, Peter McNally,
James Nelson, Annie Meehan (Mullholland) Leo Mooney and Annie M. Faloon.
F.Row: Bertie Hickland, William Kane, Lily Brankin, Annie Hickland (Horner),
James McNally, May Brankin, Francis Nelson and Frank Nelson.
FOX's DARTS TEAM 2545
It's the early 1960's and this is the famous Fox's Darts Team who never stops
winning cups as you can see by what's on the table.
From the left we have the owner John Fox, then Billy Gilmore, Davy Harper,
Eddie Glenholmes, Billy Caulfield, Robert McCleary, Pat Lees, Henry Lees,
Billy Beck, Tommy Beck and Sammy McQuillan. While standing tall at the back
is Raymond Todd.
Out in the field with his jacket off is Moore Whiteside ready to give this
mystery girl a lift - the year is unknown.
This is for the younger of age - look closely at his sleeves you can see bands
on them, they were to keep his sleeves up so his cuffs didn't get dirty.
FEEDING TIME 990
Feeding the chickens at the back of the house in Ballybentra Road, Templepatrick
is Rachel Agnew. The year is unknown and so are the chickens!
FEEDING TIME 911
A popular pastime for Antrim folk was feeding the swans and ducks on the Sixmilewater
river or at the lough shore. Here we have Evelyn Brown looking at the camera
instead of throwing the bread in 1935, the lady is unknown.
FATHER CHRISTMAS 1869
Here we are in Hemming's Shop in Castle Street. It was such a great occasion
for it was the first time Santa back in 1968 had called at their shop.
Now getting their photograph taken with Santa in the front is Benny Lynn.
Behind him to his left is his brother Paddy Lynn who became a local D.J.
Over to his right is his charming sister Margaret Lynn.
M. FLEMING 2345
All I known about this gentleman is that his name is M Fleming and lived in
This Marie Hemming and June Neeson relaxing in the front garden at Fairfields.
The photograph was taken in the 60's.
FOUNTAIN STREET 041
Photographed in the 1950's people will remember Miss A. Mackey's
who sold sweet and groceries. You also had the grocers William French, Thomas
Swann and Robert McCrory. The houses next to next to Hargrove's petrol pumps
were demolished to make way for the entrance to the North East Institute
for Further and Higher Education.
FAMILY GATHERING 2549
Back - Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown.
Front - Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown And Sam McComb with dog.
Standing in the doorway of her home somewhere in and Antrim is dear little
old lady who is someone's grandmother.
Here she stands having her photograph taken holding a bunch of flowers given
to her possibly by her own children or even her grandchildren.
Holding on to her walking stick with most likely Arthritis in her hands, I
am told she could either be a Fleming or a Millar.
FANCY DRESS PARADE 393
This is Mary Deany who lived in Pogue's Entry and was going to the
Fancy Dress Parade. What she is dressed as I don't know, all I can say is
that she looks to be covered in Whitewash, has a hat on and wearing jacket
with trousers and carrying a bucket. Apparently Mary always won a prize,
the reason? she kicked up a stink if she didn't! In the background you can
see the roof of Massereene Hospital.
The boys and the girl's names are unknown.
Date is Unknown.
FATHER DAVEY 415
Father Vincent Davey the Parish Priest of Antrim. Apparently he was
quite a character, one man was telling me when him and his mates were cyling
along Castle Street, Father Davey shot past them on his bike and shouted
at them " Are you boys not going to let
your brakes off ".
On a serious note Father Davey would help anyone and everyone in Antrim,
sadly he died in 1970.