Photojournalist Peter Bock-Schroeder documented his 1956 trip to Ireland

Newly released photographs from 1956 Ireland are featured in a new photo essay that chronicle German photojournalist Peter Bock-Schroeder’s Irish visit and provide a glimpse into 1950s Ireland.

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In a press release, The Bock-Schroeder Foundation said: “In 1956, Peter Bock-Schroeder accompanied his friend and muse Vera Maxwell on a visit to Ireland.”

“Ms. Maxwell, who had founded her own fashion company, Vera Maxwell Originals, and whose design style had attracted clients such as Pat Nixon, Martha Graham, and Lillian Gish, had traveled to Ireland in previous years. Her acquaintances and friends included President O'Kelly and William Robert Fitzgerald Collis.”

President O'Kelly shows his guest his personal copy of the Proclamation of the Republic. (Bock-Schroeder Foundation)

President O'Kelly shows his guest his personal copy of the Proclamation of the Republic. (Bock-Schroeder Foundation)

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Maxwell, who frequented Ireland in search of wool for her tweed designs, needed a photographer to take pictures of her models in Ireland, and also didn't want to travel alone. 

“For photojournalist Bock-Schroeder, these contacts were a unique opportunity to get to know and photograph the establishment of Ireland. But equally important to him was to photograph ordinary people. For several days he walked through Dublin and documented the everyday life of the Irish capital.”

Bock-Schroeder’s photos from his 1956 visit to Ireland feature Irish landscapes, cityscapes, and people ranging from the Irish president to pub patrons.

Have a look at some of Bock-Schroeder's Irish photography here:

Dublin City sights

Nelson's Pillar in Dublin (Bock-Schroeder Foundation)

Nelson's Pillar in Dublin (Bock-Schroeder Foundation)

The River Liffey in Dublin (Bock-Schroeder Foundation)

The River Liffey in Dublin (Bock-Schroeder Foundation)

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The Irish coast

Fishermen at work at Keem Bay on Achill Island (Bock-Schroeder Foundation)

Fishermen at work at Keem Bay on Achill Island (Bock-Schroeder Foundation)

A megalithic tomb near the western Irish coast (Bock-Schroeder Foundation)

A megalithic tomb near the western Irish coast (Bock-Schroeder Foundation)

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The people of Ireland

Children in Dublin (Bock-Schroeder Foundation)

Children in Dublin (Bock-Schroeder Foundation)

Irish men in 1956 (Bock-Schroeder Foundation)

Irish men in 1956 (Bock-Schroeder Foundation)

Two men talking (Bock-Schroeder Foundation)

Two men talking (Bock-Schroeder Foundation)

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Pub patrons in 1956 Ireland (Bock-Schroeder Foundation)

Pub patrons in 1956 Ireland (Bock-Schroeder Foundation)

Offering a prayer (Bock-Schroeder Foundation)

Offering a prayer (Bock-Schroeder Foundation)

Adults and 10 children in Dublin (Bock-Schroeder Foundation)

Adults and 10 children in Dublin (Bock-Schroeder Foundation)

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Do you have any old photography from Ireland? Let us know in the comments!

The previously unreleased photos from Bock-Schroeder's 1956 trip to Ireland show an old side of the country.Bock-Schroeder Foundation