As part of the Imagine Arts Festival 2013 (Oct 17th-27th) local photographer Donal Mullane (Fadó Productions) and historian James Doherty were creating a photographic trail through Waterford using images from the National Library Archives.
The images, from the Poole Collection cover Waterford City centre at the end of the 19th century to the start of the 20th century.
The project saw historic photographic images placed in premises throughout the city and displayed alongside modern contemporary images. Each shop received two mounted pictures which they displayed for the duration of the festival and would be theirs to keep afterwards.
Abraham Poole was a photographer who took thousand of images from the 1890′s up to the 1950′s.
The project also featured a talk on the Poole Collection by Margaret O’Brien Moran who is an expert on this unique collection. The talk took place in the Granville hotel at 3pm on Saturday the 26th of October and was free of charge. Following the talk James Doherty led a walking tour of a selection of images through Waterford City Centre. More information can be found on www.imagineartsfestival.com.
The iconic image from the Poole Collection shows Free State soldiers posing outside the Granville Hotel in 1922.