During a recent attic clearance we at the Irish Pub Emporium came across a treasure trove of 1940s Ephemera.We were delighted to unearth original letters,billheads,receipt books,invoices from John Courtney-General Grocer,Publican & Tea,Wine & Spirit Merchant of Stradbally,Castlegregory Co Kerry.These perfectly preserved records are a fascinating historical vignette of what rural and business life was like during World War II
While the Irish Free State remained neutral throughout the war, rationing and austerity measures existed like everywhere else in Europe and these uniquely arranged collages are each unique.Displays come in 3 sizes – small (approx 45cm x 35cm ),Medium (approx 60cm x 50cm) and Large (approx 80cm x 60cm ) and are mounted in antique frames.Order soon before they are inevitably sold out !We guarantee you will not be disappointed with your absolutely once off piece of Irish memorabilia.
Background :In olden times the traditional Irish country pub also often functioned as a grocery,sweetshop,veterinary chemist,hardware store and haberdashery where patrons could partake in a soothing drink after shopping alongside displays of chocolate bars, tins of canned fruit, reels of hay bailer twine, and tubs of sheep dip.Sadly grocery bars are now few and far between but the ones that survive are a throwback to an old and innocent way of life.Dingle in Co Kerry is home to many of the best surviving examples of the pub-grocer.In the famous Currans on Main Street ,the pub always doubled as a general merchant.They sold everything and supplied the townspeople and farmers who would pile into the town on Fairday.The old ledgers still in existence are stuffed with billheads from all types of suppliers- everything was sold -ropes.twines,seeds,ales,buckets,hams,jams,fishing nets,flowers,ladies rubber heels and tights, cloth caps, shirts,boots- the list is endless.
Origins : Stradbally Castlegregory Co Kerry
Dimensions :Medium Display (Framed but unglazed) 60cm x 50cm approx