Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Ulster in a time of war... rare Belfast Telegraph book discovered

Scenes from Northern Ireland. Camera Studies, a book published, engraved and printed by The Belfast Telegraph. This book was found in a readers mother's attic. A LOAD OF TURF, Co. ANTRIM. : In many Ulster cottages, the slow burning turf is still the only fuel for the hearth. This donkey's load is cut from a bog on the moorland above Ballymena.

This image of Co Antrim is included in a book of amazing photographs from across Northern Ireland almost eight decades ago.

A book, entitled Camera Studies, was engraved and published by the Belfast Telegraph in the 1940s.

Its photographs beautifully capture Northern Ireland's geography, history and culture throughout that era.

Other images show Ardglass harbour, a warship just off Portrush and children playing in Belfast's Botanic Gardens.

The book was discovered by Co Armagh woman, Mary Elizabeth Livingstone, in her mother-in-law's attic.

"When I was cleaning out my mother-in-law's house I found the booklet of photographs. I don't know how long it was there, but I think it was maybe a free booklet that was given out by the Belfast Telegraph at the time. My mother-in-law's son lived in Belfast a long time ago so he perhaps gave it to her.

"The photographs are very nice and I thought some people would be interested to see them," Mrs Livingstone said.

Old images from Belfast Telegraph's archives can also be viewed and purchased from our PhotoSale's website.

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