They were austere times.
To look at people pictured in photographs of Cork in the 1950s however, you’d never know the country was in the depths of an economic crisis.
Shared by collectors including Irish Family Detective, the fascinating Twitter feed of @Fiona_Forde_Irl, these images show how Cork fashion, transport, and streetscapes have evolved in the past seven decades.
Great shot of 1950s Patricks Street #Cork with the beautiful gas company building on the corner of Merchant’s Quay #LoveCork #PureCork #CorkLike (photo via Dennis O’Driscoll) pic.twitter.com/RuTiOxWu0U
— IrishFamilyDetective (@Fiona_Forde_Irl) February 4, 2020
Despite their frugal means, Leeside ladies and gents were an elegant bunch; tailored skirt suits were all the rage among women, who took their sartorial cues from Hollywood via the cinema screens at the Savoy or the original Capitol Cinema, which opened in 1947.
Hats and headscarves were de rigueur too, if only to keep one’s hairstyle in place. Meanwhile, gents were dressed in suits, shirts, braces, and overcoats.
Taken facing the other direction, this image shows Bridge Street as the bustling thoroughfare stuffed with Silvercross prams, bicycles, and people.
— IrishFamilyDetective (@Fiona_Forde_Irl) November 6, 2019
Here are more incredible images of Cork in the 1950s:
A new #Cork bridge was officially opened yesterday – this is an old one no longer in situ – the old Parnell Bridge 1953 (colourised) with @CUBSucc Savings Bank in the distance #LoveCork #PureCork pic.twitter.com/ysFLagKO2y
— IrishFamilyDetective (@Fiona_Forde_Irl) September 28, 2019
— IrishFamilyDetective (@Fiona_Forde_Irl) October 14, 2019
— IrishFamilyDetective (@Fiona_Forde_Irl) January 10, 2020
— IrishFamilyDetective (@Fiona_Forde_Irl) November 27, 2018
— IrishFamilyDetective (@Fiona_Forde_Irl) June 12, 2019
— CorkCityCentre (@corkcitycentre) December 21, 2015
— Irish History On Reddit Feed (@HistoryOfEire) December 22, 2018
— IrishFamilyDetective (@Fiona_Forde_Irl) January 29, 2020
Fermoy co cork Ireland. 1950s. My town. 🇮🇪 pic.twitter.com/xWwtLMajaV
— Patrick Hanlon (@PatrickHanlon19) December 7, 2018
Clancy street,Fermoy,Co.Cork. 1950s
previously known as Cross Street
Regeneration of old streets and lanes pic.twitter.com/pOTKpQMS7h
— Familytreefermoy (@fermoycork) May 10, 2017
— IrishFamilyDetective (@Fiona_Forde_Irl) June 27, 2019
— JohnHindeCollection (@johnhindeprints) March 21, 2018
— Olde pics of Cork (@Corksnaps) November 6, 2013
Gran (left) & her sister ‘doing Pana’ (walking down Patrick St) in Cork, early 1950s. pic.twitter.com/YHY4yXDW
— Aoife Barry (@sweetoblivion26) April 9, 2012