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Charles Henry Croft was the founder of the Pearly Kings and Queens. He was born in 1862 and was raised in a Victorian workhouse orphanage in St Pancras, London. He left there and became a road sweeper and a rat catcher. London's costermongers (greengrocers) would decorate their suits with pearl buttons on the seams, Henry went one further and decorated a whole suit with pearl buttons, he quickly became famous and used his popularity to raise money for the poor

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The History of the Pearlies - The Pearlies

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vintage everyday: Old Photographs of London from 1920 - 1933

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25 Photos That Show How Much The Lower East Side Sucked

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Photo of London, St Giles, Fish Stall 1885 - Francis Frith

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A group of ‘Pearlies’ from the 1900s. In the 19th century London was full of street traders known as costermongers or costers. In order to attract customers costers would decorate their clothes with mother of pearl buttons which were a common product manufactured in the East End of London. In the 1870s an orphaned road sweeper and rat catcher called Henry Croft took inspiration from this, covered a suit and top hat with pearl buttons and used the notoriety it gave him to raise money for…

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An Old Clothes' Shop, Seven Dials. Date: ca. 1876-1877 *The second hand trade has been around for centuries, I love this picture!

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aubade: speciesbarocus: William Logsdail - St. Paul’s and Ludgate Hill (c. 1884). ajdhfjskhfjshfdf

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