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Gallery: The alternative history of the Troubles

Machine-gun Christmas cards, underwear parties and a singing Ian Paisley: take a look at these snapshots of the conflict’s unseen side.

Image: Archive of Modern Conflict

WE REMEMBER THE Troubles through atrocities, damage and death counts. But it was also a time when people in the thick of the conflict had to live their daily lives: listening to music, sending Christmas cards, going to parties.

Photographer Donovan Wylie and editor Timothy Prus dug through the archives for the mementoes that people across the North kept in scrapbooks. From the Rev Ian Paisley’s singing career, to festive greetings with machine guns, to snapshots of party guests in suspenders, they show a very different history of the Troubles – and how the political conflict infiltrated practically every element of life.

Donovan Wylie and Timothy Prus’ Scrapbook is published by the Archive of Modern Conflict/Steidl and is available here.

Gallery: Personal items from the Troubles

Gallery: The alternative history of the Troubles
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    A warning to British soldiers
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    ...and one to loose-lipped republicans.
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    Prison parcels and newspaper clippings
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    All dressed up for a party
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    Earl Mountbatten, killed by the IRA in Sligo in 1979; and invitation to a regimental ball
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    Ian Paisley's dulcet tones
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    A prison souvenir
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    Not-so-merry Christmas cards
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    An Orange sash; snapshots of Stormont

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