Banking Co. Limited" courtesy of David Brangan Collection
the article we brought you last year all about the discovery of
the Brangan Collection.
Glass Photos of Balbriggan.---Thanks to
Finally we can reveal that David Brangan is the man who has made
these photos available to us. In a statement issued to Balbriggan.net,
it reads as follows: "These photographs of Balbriggan were
taken by my late father, Thomas J. Brangan, of St. Benen's Gormanston.
He was born in November 1903 and died in December 1989.
R.W. Thomas in London made the Glass Plates
to go around on his bicycle to take photos and while we do
not have dates, are presuming they are taken circa. 1920's.
If you recognise any of the faces, do not hesitate to contact
us. They are original glass slides in their original box.
Copyright belongs to David Brangan." The sequence of
events is as follows, Team member, Martin Fanning, came into
contact with David Brangan during the Special Olympics but
it was on a recent meeting that David mentioned to Martin
that he had some very old photos and within a few days he
gave Martin 12 to see for himself.
Martin contacted Tony who couldn't believe
what he was seeing. Because the photos are on glass you can't
scan them onto a computer unless you have specialist equipment
and this is where our photographic expert comes in. Team member
Joe Curtis has seen other photos on glass before so he knew what
to do and how.
each of the 12 glass slides with a damp cloth and Joe scanned
them. This took several hours and when we were finished we
carefully wrapped each glass and returned them to Martin who
in turn returned them to David along with a DVD of the images.
David then gave Martin a further 30 glasses and then a final
batch of about 58. It took Tony and Joe two full days to clean
and scan the final batch and we have to thank Joe's wife,
Margaret, for feeding Tony for the two days and allowing her
kitchen to be taken over with glass slides everywhere.
Glass plates stacked high
On Monday 5th July in a meeting with Martin
and Tony, David has agreed to allow Balbriggan.net to publish
the photos on site at a low resolution and as an added security
feature has requested a watermark on each. On behalf of Jack Benton,
Joe Curtis, Martin Fanning and Tony Healy we sincerely thank David
and his wife Colette for their cooperation.
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Tony, David and Martin
to see more from the collection