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This amateur print shows the distinctive Martello tower and shoreline at Donabate, North County Dublin. The second photograph shows a wagon-lit or railway sleeping carriage on the strand. 

The process looks quite like a Van Dyke print, however, the brownish hue may also be the result of toning. The Library of Congress provides a comprehensive guide to historic photographic processes as does the wonderful alternative photography website. These prints come from a album owned by the Foley family from Clontarf and the other images date from between 1890 and 1920. Even though these prints are full of flaws and smudges I love the brooding sky and eery mood.

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This jumping man comes from an album I recently received from a military historian friend. It belonged to the well-to-do Foley family from North County Dublin and dates from between 1900 and 1920. It is full of great snapshots like this one which is part of a series taken at some sort of camp along the coast of Dublin. The ability to freeze action was called ‘instant photography’ and it became a staple of amateur practice in the early decades of the 20th Century. It reminds me of the iconic Lartigue photograph of his cousin ‘flying’.  This is featured in the BBC’s documentary series The Genius of Photography.

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