Wanted: One strong, healthy young Man

August 12, 2011 · 3 comments

in Collections,Microfilm,Newspapers

by Justin Furlong, Newspaper Librarian

Appallingly and Ridiculously Low Prices from Fogarty Brothers, Nenagh News, 25 January 1896

Appallingly and Ridiculously Low Prices from Fogarty Brothers, Nenagh News, 25 January 1896

The National Library of Ireland has one of the strongest holdings of Irish newspapers in the world. See our Newspaper Database for more details on what we have. However early runs of newspapers (particularly before the introduction of legal deposit in 1927) have occasionally eluded us.

In June 2011, I was contacted by the Tipperary Local Studies Library notifying me of previously unknown issues of the Nenagh News from 1894-1898. These issues were held in the offices of the Nenagh Guardian, still published every week (Nenagh News was incorporated into the Nenagh Guardian in 1926).

Through the co-operation of both the Nenagh Guardian and the Tipperary Local Studies Library, we arranged for the original volumes to be transferred to Dublin for microfilming and ultimately to be digitised.

... by which the unpleasantness of decomposition is prevented even in the hottest weather, Nenagh News, 21 July 1894

... by which the unpleasantness of decomposition is prevented even in the hottest weather, Nenagh News, 21 July 1894

Advertisements contained in the newspapers look quaint to today’s readers. For example the issue for 21 July 1894 contains an advert for ‘Undertaking (on the newest and most improved method)’ by F.G. Morteshed, ‘at moderate terms’ of course, while the issue on 7 February 1894 has an ad for the sale of ‘Hornsby Chilled Digging Ploughs’. The paper for 4 July 1896 has a wanted ad for attendants for the Clonmel Lunatic Asylum. The ad states that ‘A preference will probably be given to the man having a knowledge of music’.

... with rations, washing, lodging, and partial clothing, for male and female, Nenagh News, 4 July 1896

... with rations, washing, lodging, and partial clothing, for male and female, Nenagh News, 4 July 1896

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Jennifer Geraghty-Gorman August 12, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Wonderful! Now, if only I could find a ‘metallic coffin at an appallingly and ridiculously low price, by which the unpleasantness of decomposition would be avoided’. Thus, my purse would not be stretched, and I would not have to apply for said position at the Lunatic Asylum, although the perks of ‘rations, washing, lodging, and partial clothing’ hold great appeal. :)

I am deeply enamoured of the language and composition of old newspapers ads and articles. It seems as though great care went into their preparation, although they evoke smiles from a twenty-first century perspective. Thank you for posting this piece.

Cheers,
Jennifer

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Bean an Phoist August 12, 2011 at 5:30 pm

You’re very welcome, Jennifer. Adverts are the absolute business (if you’ll pardon the pun). And who could resist the kind of business confidence and commercial freedom to make wildly outrageous assertions exemplified by “Positively the Greatest Value on Earth can be had during this sale”?

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