Erected in 1599, The Globe was London’s first theater built by and for actors. As one of seven shareholders in the company that commissioned it (not to mention the company’s chief playwright), Shakespeare probably had some say in the theater’s design. He wrote many of his plays, from Julius Caesar on, with this venue in mind. To quote the bard, "O for a muse of fire!" Henry V

Erected in 1599, The Globe was London’s first theater built by and for actors. As one of seven shareholders in the company that commissioned it (not to mention the company’s chief playwright), Shakespeare probably had some say in the theater’s design. He wrote many of his plays, from Julius Caesar on, with this venue in mind. To quote the bard, "O for a muse of fire!" Henry V

Street Doctor  From 'Street Life in London', 1877, by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith

Street Doctor From 'Street Life in London', 1877, by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith

Lydia Ward, Guy's Hospital London 1907 Love this one!

Lydia Ward, Guy's Hospital London 1907 Love this one!

Old Furniture From 'Street Life in London', 1877, by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith:    "At the corner of Church Lane, Holborn, there was a second-hand furniture dealer, whose business was a cross between that of a shop and a street stall. The dealer was never satisfied unless the weather allowed him to disgorge nearly the whole of his stock into the middle of the street ... It was a celebrated resort for tramps and costers of every description."

Old Furniture From 'Street Life in London', 1877, by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith: "At the corner of Church Lane, Holborn, there was a second-hand furniture dealer, whose business was a cross between that of a shop and a street stall. The dealer was never satisfied unless the weather allowed him to disgorge nearly the whole of his stock into the middle of the street ... It was a celebrated resort for tramps and costers of every description."

Interior of Crystal Palace, London, 1851

Interior of Crystal Palace, London, 1851

London (c.1900)

London (c.1900)

Victorian match girls 1888. Worked in terrible conditions, 14 hours a day for very little wages. phosphorous used in making matches caused hair and teeth loss, yellowing of skin and phossy jaw, a type of facial bone cancer.

Victorian match girls 1888. Worked in terrible conditions, 14 hours a day for very little wages. phosphorous used in making matches caused hair and teeth loss, yellowing of skin and phossy jaw, a type of facial bone cancer.

The Jersey Lily - Lillie Langtry (1853-1929) British actress, mistress of King Edward VII and painted by Millais and Burne-Jones.

The Jersey Lily - Lillie Langtry (1853-1929) British actress, mistress of King Edward VII and painted by Millais and Burne-Jones.

c1940: Girl clerks from a London office, working outside in steel helmets, after being forced outside by bomb damage to their building (Photo by Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

c1940: Girl clerks from a London office, working outside in steel helmets, after being forced outside by bomb damage to their building (Photo by Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

25th, October, 1940, A Bus which fell into a bomb crater in a London street, the front wheels became locked in the hole and the vehicle had to be hauled out (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

25th, October, 1940, A Bus which fell into a bomb crater in a London street, the front wheels became locked in the hole and the vehicle had to be hauled out (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

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