^Thanks, there goes a few hours. Even has the trench maps from WW1.
Davenant on Twitter is a great source of old photos of London and beyond
Also Back in Time West London
And NW London TimeMachine
Tower Bridge, and the pictures are, like, totally amazing:
It’s nuts how many people wore hats back in the day.
It was eminently practical. People spent a lot more time outdoors back then. Rain? No problem. Excessive sunshine on Tower Bridge beach? No problem.
Apparently, hats are coming back.
I do believe, that that sand came from the beaches I grew up on, around the Gower peninsular. I'm pretty sure that's where all of Blackpool's sand came from originally too.
Tell me this is a leg-pull? I shall be on holiday there from Friday and will ask around!
Blackpool? I thought id read that after a big storm swept a lot of it away they imported it back, but i cant seem to find it now
Nice photos by Nigel Henderson of post war east end
Slightly off topic.
Newer photos of old London buildings
The Spitalfields Life blog has a lot of themed posts with old photographs, although quite low-res. Here's one about Thames bridges (and the Serpentine Bridge):
Pictures of shop fronts in London Road (off the Elephant & Castle) in 1904, 1975, and 2019:
Shot in Soho starts on Friday at the Photographers Gallery, launched by a talk with Anders Peterson.
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