If you walked along Belfast’s streets a hundred years ago or more, you would have encountered a very different range of shops and merchandise for sale.
Some of the more unusual items are listed below.
Lard Refiner – P. Quinn. 21 Catherine Street North 
Alabaster and Roman Cement Warehouse – Bell & Oulton, Donegall Quay 
Clog and Patten Makers – Thomas Harrison 86 Hercules Street 
The Ladies Emporium – John Hanna 38 High Street 
Hackle and Gill Makers – Alex Riddel & Sons. 26 Great Victoria Street 
Gunpowder Merchants – Joseph Braddell & Son. 19 Castle Place 
Ostrich Feather Merchant, Manufacturer and Furrier – William Ireland, 46 Arthur Street 
Muslin Weavers [Steam Power] and Weaving Agents – Jaffe Bros. 10 Donegall Square South 
Fish [Dried] Merchants – James Crawford. 31 Corporation Street 
Stay and Corset Maker – Ann McMullen. 10 Mill Street 
Philosophical and Chemical Instrument Makers – J. A. Cumine. 27 High Street 
Belfast Steam Feather and Hair Purifying Factory – H. Gibson. 6 Church Street 
Saddler, Harness Maker, Horse Clothing and Portmanteau Maker – John F. Bell. 13 Arthur Square 
Phrenologist – G.N.B. McBean. 36 Hamilton Street 
Apothecaries, Chemists and Aerated Water Manufacturers – Grattan & Co. Ltd. Cornmarket 
Hosiers and Glovers – J. Arnott & Co. Bridge Street 
Tarred and Hair Felt Manufacturers – D. Anderson & Sons Ltd. Belfast 
Manufacturers of Edwards Dessicated Soup, Edwards Preserved Potato and other specialities – Frederick King & Co. Ltd. Waring Street . Read the amazing story behind this product by clicking the image below.
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