Some great stuff here - thanks for the effort Morlan
What's always interesting about photographs from the 1940s and 1950s is seeing a city on the cusp of change; the last gasp of the old regime before the new world of modernity is ushered in. The earlier alterations are often already apparent - the city awkwardly trying to modernise itself through a veneer of neon signage, new shopfronts and motorised traffic, but all layered over the existing substructure of a decaying classical buildng stock which seemed omnipresent - just 'there' in the background, but rarely acknowledged and used merely as a support structure for better things.
What I always find a constant in these pictures too - whether self-generated or not is hard to define - is the sense of a complete lack of a ownership amongst the public over their city. They neither knew what they had, why they had it, or saw any reason to get involved in its improvement, promotion or protection. All as if it was beyond their control, as if cities were far too unweildy machines to even attempt to tame, if indeed even worthy of it in the first place. One thing is certain though - poverty in some shape or form lurks beneath every last photograph. It's a shame that when money did arrive ten, twenty years later, it was so sorely misdirected.
This picture of the Four Courts is most interesting. The replacement granite to the front of the east wing graphically displays the extent to which the building was blasted during the Civil War. I'd never seen it so clearly before.
Indeed the extent to which many of our major public buidings looked like a collection of patchwork quilts for much of the 20th century is something that is probably under-acknowledged.
This scene of the Grafton Street end of Nassau Street is a gem. Jammet's was considered one of Dublin's better restaurants in the mid 20th century.
Such a shame this projecting buildng has now lost its significance through crude alterations and its positioning in the midst of a tawdry jumble of high street outlets. Interesting also to note the pavement width of the reticent 1940s is still in place for the heaving crowds of today...
All of the shops appear to have protective grilles over their windows. Must have been early morning, or perhaps a Sunday.