History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

05 April, 2011

London Streetview, 1920s

Thanks to the photographers employed by London Transport over the last century, the collections of the London Transport Museum include thousands and thousands of London street views. These are terrific to look at, especially if you've ever been to London and know the places, but even if you don't. I love to look at the buses and the people and the signs, all seeming familiar yet different. London is also surprisingly hazy... a consequence, I'm sure, of the pollution and smoke that lead it to be known as a 'foggy city' when in fact there's very little fog.... oh dear!

These are all from the 1920s, simply because it's the decade I started with, because I love the 1920s. 

The main page for the over 22,000 photographs of the London Transport Museum is here

London Bridge, 1923. Source

Fleet Street Traffic Jam, 1924. Source

Piccadilly Circus, 1923. Source

Traffic Scene on the Strand. Source

Westminster Bridge, 1928. Source

Sheep being driven down the Strand, 1923... not a very usual thing to happen in 1923! Source

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