Welcome to Belfast Between The Wars, a blog showcasing a range of interesting stories written in and about Belfast between the end of the First World War in 1918 and the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. 

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Belfast Telegraph, Friday 8th February 1929


IMPORTANT SALE BY AUCTION OF HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, FURNISHINGS OF HAIRDRESSER’S SALOON, ETC. (Removed for Convenience of Sale), on MONDAY, 11th FEBRUARY, at ELEVEN o’clock.


COMPRISING:- CHESTERFIELD, DINING-ROOM AND BEDROOM SUITES, Sideboards, Gramophones and Records, Overmantels, Chests of Drawers, Couches, Chairs, Tables, Brass and Iron and Wood Beds; Wire, Hair and Fibre Mattresses; Mangles, etc.; a Quantity High-class Wardrobe Goods; also 2 Telescopes. Complete Furnishings of Hairdresser’s Saloon, including Hairdresser’s Shampoo Range fitted with Drawers, 3 Basins, 4 Showcases, 4 Barber’s Chairs, 1 Small Cabinet, 10 Mirrors, 1 Hat and Coat Stand, 1 Umbrella Stand.


SAMUEL MCQUITTY.


Telephone – 3704.


AUCTIONEER AND VALUER.


Branches – Lisburn and Ballynahinch.


To view a selection of old photographs of Little Donegall Street click here.


There's a striking mural of the world-famous drag queen RuPaul on Little Donegall Street, click here to see it.


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Northern Whig, Friday 11th April 1930


The new premises in Royal Avenue, Belfast, for the Bank of Ireland will be opened on Monday. The building, a conspicuous structure of five stories is of the modern school of design, and as such is one of the first of its kind in Belfast.


Its chief characteristic from this point of view is the fact that the artistic side of the design in mainly influenced by the structural and utilitarian requirements of the building. Thus the large windows with metal panels between are made a feature of the design and no attempt is made to camouflage any essential feature, as is so often done where an old style of architecture is applied to a building of modern construction.


The entrance to the banking hall is at the corner of Royal Avenue and North Street, where a pair of finely wrought-iron gates lead to a porch in bronze, marble, and glass.

In the banking hall, which is a lofty apartment, all fittings are in bronze and marble. The manager’s office, like the porch, is in bronze, glass and marble.


The desks, and all clerical equipment will be of steel. This marks an innovation in bank furniture in Ireland. It has many advantages over the old style of mahogany and other woods, occupying less space and being easier to keep clean. Burrough’s ledger posting machines will be installed, and another feature will be a night safe.


To find out more about the building click here.


To view a beautiful photograph of the building from 1930 click here.


For a peek inside the building click here.


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Northern Whig, Thursday 3rd January 1929


An exciting episode in Valentine Street was described at Belfast Custody Court yesterday, when William John Collins, of Valentine Street, was charged with assaulting Hugh Thompson in the view of the police, and charges of being drunk and disorderly and assaulting a constable were brought against Edward Moore, of Moffatt Street.


Constable Hall said Collins was arrested for striking Thompson, when Moore came up and, after remarking that Collins was his chum, struck witness on the face. A hostile crowd gathered, and prisoners were so violent that reinforcements were needed from Henry Street to effect the arrests. Witness later had his wounds dressed at the Mater Hospital.


Moore was fined 20s and 40s on the charges against him, and Collins was fined 20s for assaulting Thompson and 40s for assaulting the constable.