the spitalfields nippers...street children from london circa 1912, photographed by horace warner.  these kids inspired the characters in charles dickens' novels.

liquidnight: “ Horace Warner One of the Spitalfields Nippers Spitalfields, London, 1912 [via Spitalfields Life] ”

Bi-plane over The Thames, London, 1923 composite image by Captain Alfred George Buckham, pioneer of aerial photography

Bi-plane over The Thames, London, 1923 composite image by Captain Alfred George Buckham, pioneer of aerial photography

Happy Skaters, Victoria Park, August 13, 1954

Long-gone East End London

Happy Skaters, August 1954 Children enjoy themselves at Victoria Park’s open-air skating rink in Hackney, London.

by Paul Trevor were shot in the late 70s – early 80s along Brick Lane, Commercial Street and Bethnal Green Road.

by Paul Trevor were shot in the late – early along Brick Lane, Commercial Street and Bethnal Green Road.

Dirty: Residents walking around London, such as to a local market pictured above, during the smog reported being left filthy from simply walking through the streets

Pea souper that killed 12,000: So black you couldn't see the screen in cinemas. So suffocatingly lethal they ran out of coffins. How the Great Smog choked London 60 years ago this week

Pea souper that killed So black you couldn't see the screen in cinemas. So suffocatingly lethal they ran out of coffins. How the Great Smog choked London 60 years ago this week

Smog 1952

Silent killer: The December 1952 smog killed in four days and an estimated further died from resulting ill-health in the weeks after it. A further suffered from respiratory problems brought on by the smog.

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