Curiosities

A page dedicated to those unusual cards that don’t fit into specific categories.

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Updated 21/12/2016


Creighton Hale (1882-1965)

creighton-hale-final

Born Patrick Fitzgerald in County Cork he emigrated to the USA in the early 1900s and had a successful career as an actor during the silent movie era. However, despite his obvious good looks he failed to make it in when the ‘talkies‘ came in and could only manage to get bit parts which rarely appeared in the credits.


Daniel O’Connell

Silhouette Daniel O'Connell NO publisher

A strange French ‘silhouette’ card featuring Daniel O’Connell – no publisher indicated.


Naïve art?

HANDCRAFT KILLARNEY

bunratty-raymond-card

A couple of strangely unattractive cards that I found on eBay recently. Not sure of the publisher – the details on the back read ‘Irish Handcraft – A Raymond Card‘.


“Wrong Way” Corrigan

Douglas Corrigan was a famous aviation pioneer who flew from New York to Dublin in July 1938 in a crocked ‘homemade‘ plane.  A few days before his flight to Ireland he had flown from California to New York, but had been refused permission to try for the trans-Atlantic crossing as officials considered it to be suicidal due to the state of his plane. However, he was given permission to return to California and on July 17th he took off heading west but soon turned east and out over the Atlantic. 28 hours later he landed at Baldonnel Aerodrome near Dublin. He claimed to have lost his way and stuck to this story for the rest of his life, hence his nickname “Wrong Way” Corrigan.

Corrigan FRONTCorrigan back

Pics above are from a hastily produced publicity postcard by the ‘enterprising‘ W.J. Hutchinson who seems to have made the most of his opportunity

A picture of the plane which most observers described as being unfit to become airborne, let alone fly across the Atlantic!

From the excellent Come Here To Me! blog.

Initially it looked like Corrigan might fall foul of the US aviation authorities, but due his catching the imagination of the American public he instead returned in triumph to a ticker tape parade in New York.

The Flying Irishman

The following year he starred in a bio-pic feature film “The Flying Irishman” (above) and lived to a ripe old age, only passing away in 1995.


Princess Patricia of Connaught

Princess Patricia of ConnaughtPrincess Patricia Hosp Eason Signal series

Left: Princess Patricia of Connaught (Victoria Patricia Helena Elizabeth; later Lady Patricia Ramsay; 17 March 1886 – 12 January 1974) was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. More here: Princess Patricia of Connaught

Card published by J.Beagles & Co.Ltd., London.

Right: In 1915, during the Great War, the International Hotel in Bray was turned into a military hospital and renamed The Princess Patricia Hospital for Wounded Soldiers

Card published by Eason & Son Ltd., (Signal Series)


The past is truly a foreign country..

Artist Impression of future opening of new Irish Parliament - Copy

George V Opening Parliament

With the 1916 commemorations almost upon us it‘s interesting to reflect on what might have been had the Easter Rising not taken place. Certainly a few short years before the Rising, Home Rule for the entire island of Ireland had looked to be on the horizon and a visit to Dublin by King George V & Queen Mary in 1911 had gone down generally well . However, card manufacturers and others lost the run of themselves and produced drawings, postcards etc showing the King arriving to open a New Irish Parliament at the old Irish Parliament buildings on College Green. Apparently these drawings and postcards were widely on sale during the 1911 Royal visit.


Louis Magee (1874 – 1945)

RUGBY CARD FINAL

Aloysius Mary Magee played International Rugby for Ireland from 1895-1904 including captaining the team. This unusual card, part of a series featuring various Home Nation players, was published in 1899, but no publisher’s name is given.


THE JUMPING CHURCH OF KILDEMOCK

The Jumping Church Ardee

About a mile to the south of Ardee, Co.Louth, just off the N2 is the Jumping Church of Kildemock. According to legend on a stormy night in 1715, the walls of the church jumped two feet inwards from their original foundations to exclude an excommunicated member of the church who had been buried in the walls of the church.  The ruins of the church remain today as does the miscreant wall. Unknown publisher.


PEAT POSTCARDS

There’s surely nothing more strange/curious than the short-lived Irish peat postcard – illustrated below.

Irish Peat postcard frontirish peat back

Published by The Irish Paper Agency, Dublin this card was postally used in 1906, and while they do have a novelty value their usefulness as a mode of correspondence is debatable.


Gold in the Mournes

I couldn’t resist ‘Gold in the Mournes‘ on eBay today for €5.50 – definitely another curiosity!


Undivided Back from Sligo

Another amusing card that I came across recently.

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