Irish Life

Interesting time capsules but some are too ‘Punch’ like for my liking.

Page updated 7/10/2022

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The Tipperary Hunt at Cahir House Hotel


A nice card that reminds of the town where I was fortunate enough to live for a couple of years in the 1990s; card postally used in 1953.

Irish Life. An Oat Fair

Published by Knight Bros. (England) and printed in Saxony. Postally used in 1913.

The Potato Patch


A gentle ethnic card by the prolific artist Walter Hayward Young “Jotter”. Published by Raphael Tuck & Sons as part of their “Irish Life” series, printed in England and first appearing in 1907. The other five cards in the series here.

A rural Butter ‘Market’ long, long ago

Roadside Butter Market Hartmann

Nice Hartmann card from pre-history. I don’t think the food safety people would be too impressed by this timeless scene!

Steam Threshing

Ireland Harvesting Time NO publisher

A rural scene from a bygone era and now only seen at Vintage Steam Rallies.

No publisher, postally used in 1908.

Fishermen on Achill Island

Tuck Achill FRONT

An early card, undivided back, by Raphael Tuck Ltd., postally used in 1905.

Seaweed Harvesting

Seaweed Harvest ethnic art

A harsher existence in the West is evident in this interesting art card. Seaweed is still harvested for fertiliser but these days it’s a good deal less labour intensive.

A Prosperous Farmer

Lawrence 8313 A Farming Propietor

This Lawrence card (8313) gives a view of the newly prosperous farming class that emerged in Ireland towards the end of the Victorian era.

The “Irish Life” series.

Irish Life Churnig Butter

Irish Life Getting Ready for Market TUCKIrish Life in the Fields 9185 Series 2 TUCK

An attractive set of sensitive cards by Raphael Tuck and with none of your ‘pig in the parlour‘ type stuff.

Coal of the Country

Coal of the Country

Lawrence card. Timeless charm – you can almost smell the peat!

Milk for the Creamery

Milk for the Creamery NPO Belfast pre 1914

An early card published by N.P.O Belfast.

The Peat Gatherers

The Peat Gatherers Unknown Pub

The hardship of trying to eke out an existence in rural Ireland is well illustrated in this card. Unknown publisher.

ETHNIC Valentines

Valentine’s: early 20th century.

Primitive Farmyard LAWRENCE

An early Lawrence farm yard scene – not a Massey Ferguson in sight!


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