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These chilling images were taken during London’s Great Smog of ’52. For four days the city of London was blanketed by a poisonous smog that reduced visibility to a few yards and led to an estimated 12,000 fatalities. From NPR: Roads were littered with abandoned cars. Midday concerts were cancelled due to total darkness. Archivists at the British Museum found smog lurking in the book stacks. Cattle in the city’s Smithfield market were killed and thrown away before they could be slaughtered…

Toxic fog - London bus makes its way along Fleet Street in heavy smog, December 1952 Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

"England", looks like a very poor neighborhood, and very old - look how worn the steps are

c 1890 Arguments Yard Whitby North Yorkshire by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe. There are more yards to be seen in the book "Whitby yards through time" by Alan Whitworth.

Victorian street-life

Victorian Street-Life

Edwardian Era, Victorian Era, Buildings, Vintage London, Street, Google Search, Life, Nature, Shadows

Victorian photographer Paul Martin's snapshots of Cockney London.

Candid Cockney

Victorian photographer Paul Martin& snapshots of Cockney London.


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