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We’ll always have Connemara: John Hinde Ltd facing examinership

The picture postcard company is in financial difficulties but its rose-tinted archive of Ireland lives on in our slideshow…

Fishermen in Kinsale, Co Cork, captured in a John Hinde postcard.
Fishermen in Kinsale, Co Cork, captured in a John Hinde postcard.
Image: John Hinde Ltd.

SAD NEWS FOR fans of picture postcard merchants John Hinde – the Irish photographic arm of the company is looking to have an examiner appointed.

In a bid to restructure its business which is under financial pressure, John Hinde Ltd, sent an application to the Companies Registration Office on 27 September to have an examiner appointed to its operations. Barry O’Halloran in today’s Irish Times reports that it sought protection from creditors in the High Court last week.

The other arms of the Hinde Group are not affected by the financial crisis – it’s just the postcard section that is in trouble.

While the images on the typical John Hinde postcard was often a Technicolour snapshot of an Ireland viewed through rose-tinted glasses, they were nonetheless a platform for promoting tourism here for decades. Earlier this year, the GoIreland.com photography competition asked contestants to use Hinde’s iconic postcards as inspiration.

The Irish langugage station TG4 also put a spotlight on the company’s influential work with the series Cartaí Poist, in which the programme-makers tried to track down people who featured in old John Hinde postcards and recreated the scene in modern times. One of those postcard scenes recreated was one taken in Dublin Zoo and which featured RTE broadcaster Pat Kenny’s dad (he was the zoo-keeper and it is shown in our slideshow below).

Here’s TheJournal.ie’s little slideshow tribute to a picture-perfect Ireland of the past (in the postcard world, at least):

We’ll always have Connemara: John Hinde Ltd facing examinership
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  • John Hinde - Dublin at night

  • John Hinde - Achill Island

  • John Hinde - Ben Bulben, Sligo

  • John Hinde - Blarney Stone, Cork

  • John Hinde - Collecting turf in Connemara

  • John Hinde - Nelson's Pillar and GPO

  • John Hinde - Bunratty Singers, Clare

  • John Hinde - Coastal sunset

  • John Hinde - JFK Memorial Park, Wexford

  • John Hinde - Dublin Zoo

  • John Hinde - Creamery lorry

  • John Hinde - Dublin Airport

  • John Hinde - Bundoran, Donegal

  • John Hinde - Ennis, Clare

  • John Hinde - Courtown, Wexford

  • John Hinde - Cottage in Connemara

  • John Hinde - Carriage in Dublin

  • John Hinde - Cliffs of Moher

  • John Hinde - Croagh Patrick

  • John Hinde - Kylemore Abbey, Galway

  • John Hinde - Dun Laoghaire Harbour

  • John Hinde - Grafton Street, Dublin

  • John Hinde - Glengarriff, Cork

  • John Hinde - Grand Parade, Cork

  • John Hinde - Glendalough, Wicklow

  • John Hinde - Lahinch, Clare

  • John Hinde - Sligo town

  • John Hinde - Garden of Remembrance, Dublin

  • John Hinde - Gap of Dunloe, Kerry

  • John Hinde - Rock of Cashel

  • John Hinde - O'Connell Bridge

  • John Hinde - Tralee, Kerry

  • John Hinde - Grand Canal, Dublin

  • John Hinde - Muckross Lake, Kerry

  • John Hinde - Treaty Stone, Limerick

  • John Hinde - St Patrick's Street, Cork

  • John Hinde - The Quay, Waterford

  • John Hinde - Sherkin Island, Cork

  • John Hinde - Sheep-shearing

  • John Hinde - Trinity College Dublin

  • John Hinde - Kinsale, Cork

  • John Hinde - Bray Head, Wicklow

  • ...and John Hinde's Ireland now

  • ...and John Hinde's Ireland now

  • ...and John Hinde's Ireland now

All images reproduced with the kind permission of John Hinde Ltd/John Hinde Collection.

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