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London in the 1920s - chimney sweep

Characterful portraits of Londoners, believed to be by photographer Donald McLeish selected from the three volumes of Wonderful London edited by St John Adcock and produced by The Fleetway House in the nineteen-twenties.

Charlie Rouse was the last of the 'Watchmen' in London before the formation of the 'Peelers' who where the world's first police force.

Charlie Rouse was the last of the 'Watchmen' in London before the formation of the 'Peelers' who where the world's first police force. At one point there were night watchmen employed by the City of London.

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

"Street Life in London" by John Thomson An Old Clothes Shop, St Giles - “As a rule, secondhand clothes shops are far from distinguished in their cleanliness, and are often the fruitful medium for the propagation of fever, smallpox &c.

The Saffron Hill Rookery where Dickens placed Fagins Den in the masterpiece that is Oliver Twist, London, 19th century.

The Saffron Hill Rookery where Dickens placed Fagins Den in the masterpiece that is Oliver Twist, London, century was the birthplace of a couple of my families

9th September 1939: Housewives of Roupell Street, London, painting kerbs white to help night time traffic during WW II. (Photo by Harry Todd/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

September Housewives of Roupell Street, London, painting curbs white to help night time traffic during WW II. (Photo by Harry Todd/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

This period photo, taken in the late 1860's show the parlor of a mansion built in 1852.

This period photo, taken in the late show the parlor of a mansion built in

English Nanny driving a motorized pram - 1922

Motorized pram / stroller car with umbrella run by an English nanny. Manufacturer: the English firm Dunkley. London, Child has a golliwog.

Salford, Manchester. "Contemplating life"

Inside one of the houses on Lund Street in The man is sitting in front of the kitchen range that provided heat and was also the used for cooking, heating the kettle and drying the washing. The fire was ‘banked up’ at night to keep it alight.

Breakfast in England after the air raid warning had sounded. 1939

This is typical of the way Londoners had breakfast in England, Sept. after the air raid warning had sounded. Breakfast was in the family dugout--this one in a garden?with a gasmask hanging ready.