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H Allison & Co Photo records

I have a photo carboard framed by H Allison & Co, Armagh, Newry, Dundalk and Warrenpoint.  Left hand side of frame has embroidered A.  Back of photo has  {?} 14039.  Is there a possibility anywhere I can check H Allison's photo records.  I have no idea who the family are.



Tuesday 8th September 2020, 01:52PM

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  • Dianne,

    Your luck may be in. The company’s records (for all their premises) and their collection of photographs are in PRONI in Belfast. You can search the collection there. The records appear to contain details of who commissioned the photos. Background info here:

    Note: "Another interesting and important aspect of the archive is the day-books for the Armagh studio which, apart from two, Sept. 1911-Oct.1915, have survived for posterity. Allison usually inscribed an identification number on his negatives and wrote the number into the day-book. This means that, generally speaking, it takes only a matter of a few minutes to check in the day-book, not only the date of the photograph but also the name of the person who commissioned it. This is obviously an enormous advantage over almost all other photograph collections which have survived in Ireland".


    Tuesday 8th September 2020, 05:08PM
  • Many thanks Elwyn.  Unfortunately I could not find the photo on the above link. 

    I was also unsuccessful in finding the day-book to check the photo number.

    Do I need to join/log on to Proni to see all records?


    Wednesday 9th September 2020, 01:14PM
  • Dianne,

    I think you need to go to PRONI to look the records up. Or get a researcher to do that for you. Researchers in the PRONI area:


    Wednesday 9th September 2020, 01:34PM
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    Thursday 8th October 2020, 01:53PM