Tuesday 12 December 2023

Tipperary Studies adds two more digital postcard collections

TipperaryStudies.ie, the local history department of Tipperary Libraries, has added two new collections to its free digital archive.

Colorised photo of the Clonlea National Schools, Co Waterford.
From the Cash Postcards Collection. Click for larger image.

The first is the John James Quinn (1873-1944) Collection. It contains photographs, postcards and personal letters created and collected by Irish photographer John James Quinn of Ballypatrick, Clonmel and consists of 421 items dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The material has been digitised and made available online through the generosity of Quinn’s granddaughter, Carol Hennessy.

John James Quinn was an avid photographer who documented his life in both Ireland and abroad through images. Between 1906-1914, he worked in Derby, England and Ipswich, Australia, photographing local people and places. The collection includes images from his voyages along with scenes of daily life in rural Ballypatrick, Ireland where Quinn farmed after returning to Ireland sometime before 1920.

The second batch of material is the Cash Postcards Collection, created by Cash Printers of Carrick on Suir. It's a small collection of just 35 postcards featuring buildings, places and people from South Tipperary, Waterford and Kilkenny from around the turn of the 20th century. A handful are colorised but the majority are in black and white.