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Francis J. Walters, Undertakers, 811 Commercial Rd from Philip Mernick’s East London Shopfronts


Matchgirls participating in a strike against Bryant & May in London, 1888. The strike was caused by the poor working conditions in the match factory, including fourteen-hour work days and the severe health complications of working with white phosphorus.


Where have all the Guys gone? QUENTIN LETTS'S nostalgia for the fantastic Bonfire Night effigies of yesteryear

Higham's Park, East London in 1946: And with fireworks in his hat, lapel and top pocket


The London Stone in Cannon Street is the oldest piece of London. It was moved in the 1700's from the south side of the street to the north side and built into the wall of the former Church of Saint Swithun before the church was bombed in WW2, yet the stone was left unharmed. Full history here

Quirky photos from Britain's past... Bananas were a crowd puller: A scene from Bethnal Green, east London in 1946. Smiling women queuing for the much awaited bananas which have been scarce since the beginning of the Second World War.