Valentine Photographic Collection


This collection consists of postcard views of the Republic of Ireland. Images include: towns, villages, streets, urban and rural scenes, architecture, landscapes, seascapes. Includes scenes of the 1916 Rising in Dublin. Additional subjects include images that depict: "Irish Life," "Irish Studies," and "Film Stars."

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Main Creator: Valentine & Sons
Contributors: Valentine, James
Format: Photo
Notes:3 boxes containing 62 plastic negatives and 16 glass negatives are inadequately housed and were moved from shelf 0944.

Includes 6 images with no numbers.

Individual items in the Valentine Collection are catalogued under call no. VAL, title and subject.

Margaret Joyce Ltd., Dublin, acquired the interests of Valentine's Irish subsidiary during the 1960s.

See also "King Postcards (Valentine Prints)PC" (vtls 298220).

See also "Lakes of Killarney (Valentine Prints)PC"(vtls 522219).

See also "Permanent Photographic Views of Killarney (Valentine Prints)PC" (vtls 522619).

There are large gaps in the collection as the National Photographic Archive only acquired images relevant to Irish interest. For a list of these missing numbers, see finding aid.

There were 240 Prints on Shelf 1228 contained in a wooden box these have been removed from the box and are rehoused on shelf 1227a.

This collection was originally given call numbers VR and JV.

James Valentine was a Scottish engraver and stationer who added photography to his business during the 1850's and 1860's. His son, William Dobson Valentine, later expanded the business and in 1898 began producing images for the postcard trade. Valentine & Sons' period of greatest photographic postcard activity was between 1929 and the 1950's. Staff photographers took most of the images, though some were purchased or commissioned from other photographers, including Duffner Brothers of Dundalk.

Physical description: glass negatives 2,685 ; cm 30.5 x cm 25.5.

Physical description: plastic negatives 2,854 : b&w.

Physical description: postcards 873.

Physical description: prints 1580 : b&w.

Physical description: 248 phase boxes ; in preservation envelopes, in mylar, in inadequate housing.

Citations/References: Rouse, Sarah, "Into the Light: an Illustrated Guide to the Photographic Collections in the National Library of Ireland" pp 21, 28, 94-95.

Citations/References: Smart, Robert, "James Valentine 1859-1879," in mood of the moment: masterworks of photography from the University of St. Andrews / Ed., Martin Kemp, 1996.

Finding Aids: Finding aid is available at the NPA Reading Room counter.

Published / Created: [between ca. 1903-1960].
Contained in: Valentine Photographic Collection
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