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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Anybody shed any light?

My wife recently received this photo among a lot of 1920s photos of her grandparents. They were from Rialto in Dublin. She recognises nobody in the picture.
Anybody recognise where it is? "Office Pleasure" and "**denham" are legible. Clicking on the photo will enlarge it.
Anybody know what kind of group it might be?
Anybody know what kind of vehicle that is?


  1. No clues here, but it's certainly an amazing photo!

  2. I think the vehicle is a charabanc. Check it on Wikipedia often used for outings, kind of mini-bus of the day. Office: Pleasure seems to be less than half that sign. Pleasure Boat Company?? Dun Laoghaire? Off to the Isle of Man for the day? Denham possibly is the full word - a company in Dublin maybe. Check Thom's Directory for Dublin early 1920s?

  3. Thanks Willow, I never knew what a charabanc was but it seems Michael is right (as if I ever doubted it) What a wonderful contraption - like a coach with no roof.
    I was wondering if its the office of Blackpool Pleasure Beach but I can't figure the Denham. The larger fainter sign behind the man standing on the right seems to say Denham but there seems to be a letter under the woman's ear to suggest Denham might be the end of the word.
    On the other hand, if it was some sort of church outing / social, would they go all the way to Blackpool?

  4. Have you seen this? http://www.southernlife.org.uk/mysteries.htm

    I thought perhaps it could be Sydenham. I was stunned to find this site with the exact same photo.


  5. Poetikat, that's fantastic! Definitely the same place only two yards to the right!!
    But Bournemouth??
    Judging by the amount of money in the family in those days, I'd have thought it pretty unlikely that anyone could afford a foreign holiday!!

  6. I honestly thought I was seeing things when I opened up that page.
    It would be interesting to find out more about those tours.
    You should join our Sepia Saturday group. We post a sepia or older photo of family and write whatever we like to accompany it/them. You might enjoy participating. We're in our infancy and have yet to set up one blog where you can link up, but our chief is returning from a Panama cruise in a week's time and then we will sort it out. In the meantime, if you're keen, drop me a line late on Friday and I'll add your link.


    Oh, and thanks very much for signing up to follow "Keepsakes".