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Chester E. McDuffee’s patented diving suit

Chester E. Macduffee next to his newly patented, 250 kilo diving suit, 1911 Is this the inspiration for Robbie the Robot (Return to the Forbidden Plant)?

Past to Present - A view of Bow Lane off Cheapside, looking south to the crossing with Watling Street and St. Mary Aldermary Church

Incredible before and after hybrid pictures of London landmarks from 50 years ago to the present day

Fleet St., Victorian London, workplace of the tenacious reporter Henry Hales, whose investigation sparked the biggest scandal of the 1880s.

Old houses, Fleet Street, This photograph was commissioned by the Society for Photographing Relics of Old London to form part of a per.

Typical guys..

The notorious ban on alcohol in North America sparked both outrage and a renowned speakeasy culture of underground bars and secret parties. Hence, the 1920 also became known as the Prohibition Era. Photo: protesters against the alcohol ban.

This is my third post about Victorian London, inspired by Dickens’ Sketches by Boz , for the Victorian Celebration . If this is your first v...

“🎨 Wych Street, Strand, London, s. 👩‍🎨 Louise Ingram Rayner Jun 1832 – 8 Oct was a British watercolour artist 🌍 Beauty in Art 🎨”

Smog of London hiding Big Ben - Taken by Linley Sambourne, 1905.

Big Ben envolto em névoa, 1905 / Smog of London hiding Big Ben! - Taken by Linley Sambourne, 1905

Terrace of the Houses of Parliament, c.1910

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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] ”

Alleyway in Spitalfields

Spitafields Nippers, Horace Warner -East London early This could just as easily been Dublin or so many other places the poor survived.

Old Vennel Off High Street, Glasgow - Thomas Annan (British, 1829–1887) 1868.

Old Vennel off High Street, Glasgow - Thomas Annan (British, when commercial photography was fairly new.

The building with the canopy is Bridge House, George Row, Bermondsey, in 1926. Built around 1705 and demolished in 1950, the place was once surrounded by the Jacob's Island rookery.

[Wrong era, but great inspiration for Eva's book] The building with the canopy is Bridge House, George Row, Bermondsey, in Built around 1705 and demolished in the place was once surrounded by the Jacob's Island rookery.

A new collection of Victorian photographs conjures up the winding streets and   smoking factories of the city that inspired Charles Dickens.

Dickens's London: in pictures

Lambeth picture, this time of the Thames foreshore where many people found work as labourers or sailors, shortly before the building.