Covent Garden Flower Women    From 'Street Life in London', 1877, by John Thompson and Adolphe Smith

Flower Women Victorian flower women selling bouquets at Covent Garden market. Original Publication: From 'Street Life In London' by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith - pub. 1877 (Photo by John Thomson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images).

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Paul’s and Ludgate Hill London England by William Logsdail, circa 1884

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.

Metropolitan District Railway construction, 1866.Victorian Photos Of The London Underground Being Built

15 Victorian Photos Of The London Underground Being Built

The construction of the Metropolitan District Railway, Roofing over a cutting to form twin tunnels. The method of construction can clearly be seen, with five rings of brick arching being laid over two steel frames

A group of ‘Pearlies’ from the 1900s. In the 19th century London was full of street traders known as costermongers or costers. In order to attract customers costers would decorate their clothes with mother of pearl buttons which were a common product manufactured in the East End of London. In the 1870s an orphaned road sweeper and rat catcher called Henry Croft took inspiration from this, covered a suit and top hat with pearl buttons and used the notoriety it gave him to raise money for…

vicfangirlguide: “ A group of ‘Pearlies’ from the In the century London was full of street traders known as costermongers or costers. In order to attract customers costers would decorate.

Victorian street in London

25 Photos That Show How Much The Lower East Side Sucked

Bandit’s Roost by Jacob Riis, from “How the Other Half Lives.” Bandit’s Roost, at Mulberry Street (Mulberry Bend), was the most crime-ridden, dangerous part of all New York City. I love the hats!

Dapper chaps: Recruiting sergeants outside the Mitre & Dove, King Street, 1 - Evening Standard. 1877

Photographer: John Thomson Recruiting Sergeants At Westminster [Street Life in London] 1877 Woodburytype

Charles Henry Croft was the founder of the Pearly Kings and Queens. He was born in 1862 and was raised in a Victorian workhouse orphanage in St Pancras, London. He left there and became a road sweeper and a rat catcher. London's costermongers (greengrocers) would decorate their suits with pearl buttons on the seams, Henry went one further and decorated a whole suit with pearl buttons, he quickly became famous and used his popularity to raise money for the poor

The Original Pearly King: Henry Croft founder of The Original Pearly King & Queen Association

Covent Garden Labourers

1877 - Covent Garden Labourers From 'Street Life in London' - by John Thomson & Adolphe Smith (vintage photo, victorian era)

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