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Me in Blacksmith's shop, Ardara, Co Donegal, Ireland circa 1959 by Andrew Jones

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Me in Blacksmith's shop, Ardara, Co Donegal, Ireland circa 1959 by 

Photograph taken and home processed by my Dad (now deceased) Charles Ernest Jones. This is one of a handful of photographs remaining from his collection of thousands of colour transparancies.
I’m about 6 here.

Other photographs of 1950s Donegal and Ireland

Me in Blacksmith’s shop, Ardara, Co Donegal, Ireland circa 1959 has been featured in the following groups:
Days Gone BY 4th January 2010
Irish Eyes 6th January 2010

AndrewJonesFoto travel, nature and fine art of the human form. Based in The Rower, County Kilkenny, Ireland. Studio work and commissions accepted.
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  • jon  daly
    jon dalyabout 5 years ago

    processing took a while eh?

    great image.

  • roughly 50 years by my calculations. Ah! but the pace of life was slower then ……

    thanks for the comment Jon.

    – Andrew Jones

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogabout 5 years ago

    Your father was a very patient man!lol Ardara has changed since those days.. s’pose that was you chalked the pictures on the side of the hearth!:-)

  • He had to be patient bringing me up! Many a young evening was spent watching him going through the “reversal” process. I may have been the young artist in chalk, but the brain cells don’t stretch back that far to recall! Thank you for your visit and comment. Andrew

    – Andrew Jones

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogabout 5 years ago

    LOL that Smithy is probably a white holiday home now. My wifes mother comes from Donegal and her (wifes) grandfather was the station master at Stranorlar.

  • Its a beautiful part of the country but I haven’t been back for over 20 years now. It would probably shatter some illusions if I did.

    – Andrew Jones

  • CLiPiCs
    CLiPiCsabout 5 years ago

    you haven’t changed much mate, apart from the shorts :-)

    Love ‘N’ Laughter Kriss

  • but would they still fit me?

    – Andrew Jones

  • serendip
    serendipabout 5 years ago

    I think it is great that you still have these old photos, they certainly bring back happy or not so happy memories! Nice textures :) Déja vu

  • Very happy memories, sadly most of the photos were chucked out by my Mum, before I had realised what had happened, when she moved back to England after he passed away. This was one of a handful of transparancies saved.

    – Andrew Jones

  • jazzdevil
    jazzdevilabout 5 years ago

    I love this! Sooo sad to think about what happened to those transparencies. :-( :-(

    I’m not long back from Ardara (well, it was Sept but time flies!!) its a lovely wee place but I guess it has changed an awful lot from c.1959.

  • Thank you for visiting and you comment. I haven’t been in Ardara myself since the ‘70s when we travelled over from the uni in Belfast most weekends, so I’m sure it has even changed a lot since then!

    – Andrew Jones

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogabout 5 years ago

  • I’m delighted to get this feature, I know my Dad would have been proud too! Thank you.

    – Andrew Jones

  • ragman
    ragmanabout 5 years ago

  • Thank you very much, I’m very pleased and honoured that this photograph would be featured in the group. Andrew

    – Andrew Jones

  • rosettajallow1
    rosettajallow1about 5 years ago

    Love it! I lived near a blacksmith’s and wnet there watching when I was a child and I loved the heat, smell, atmosphere and could never figure out how the cats there never roasted! Great work! Love it!

  • Thank you very much Rosetta, lovely to hear of your experiences in your blacksmith’s. Unfortunately this was my only visit and I can’t remember much beyond this photograph. Andrew

    – Andrew Jones

  • ragman
    ragmanabout 5 years ago

    It was selected for two reasons:-
    firstly it has real character and cultural signifigance, reminding us of past times;
    secondly for the factors behind it I considered it worth publishing

  • Dear Ragman, Thank you very much for this note of explanation. I’m really delighted with this and it gives me a genuine sense of pride for my Dad’s work. Thank you again. Andrew

    – Andrew Jones

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