Erected in 1599, The Globe was London’s first theater built by and for actors. As one of seven shareholders in the company that commissioned it (not to mention the company’s chief playwright), Shakespeare probably had some say in the theater’s design. He wrote many of his plays, from Julius Caesar on, with this venue in mind. To quote the bard, "O for a muse of fire!" Henry V

Erected in The Globe was London’s first theater built by and for actors. As one of seven shareholders in the company that commissioned it (not to mention the company’s chief playwright), Shakespeare probably had some say in the theater’s design.

Street Doctor  From 'Street Life in London', 1877, by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith

London ‘street doctor’, 1877 From 'Street Life in London’, by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith: “The subject of the accompanying illustration is a vendor of cough lozenges and healing ointment.

Lydia Ward, Guy's Hospital London 1907 Love this one!

Lydia Ward, Guy's Hospital London 1907 Wish I could see the face of the woman in the back.

Old Furniture From 'Street Life in London', 1877, by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith:    "At the corner of Church Lane, Holborn, there was a second-hand furniture dealer, whose business was a cross between that of a shop and a street stall. The dealer was never satisfied unless the weather allowed him to disgorge nearly the whole of his stock into the middle of the street ... It was a celebrated resort for tramps and costers of every description."

Old Furniture From 'Street Life in London', by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith: "At the corner of Church Lane, Holborn, there was a second-hand furniture dealer, whose business was a cross between that of a shop and a street stall.

Victorian match girls 1888. Worked in terrible conditions, 14 hours a day for very little wages. phosphorous used in making matches caused hair and teeth loss, yellowing of skin and phossy jaw, a type of facial bone cancer.

Shared comment: Victorian match girls 1888 worked in terrible conditions, 14 hours a day for very little wages. Phosphorous used in making matches caused hair and teeth loss, yellowing of skin and phossy jaw, a type of facial bone cancer.

The Jersey Lily - Lillie Langtry (1853-1929) British actress, mistress of King Edward VII and painted by Millais and Burne-Jones.

The Jersey Lily - Lillie Langtry British actress, mistress of King Edward VII and painted by Millais and Burne-Jones. Also subject of Judge Roy Bean's infatuation.

c1940: Girl clerks from a London office, working outside in steel helmets, after being forced outside by bomb damage to their building (Photo by Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Clerks from a London office in Brodie helmets, after being forced outdoors by bomb damage to their building, 1940 ~ (Photo by Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images) ~

25th, October, 1940, A Bus which fell into a bomb crater in a London street, the front wheels became locked in the hole and the vehicle had to be hauled out (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

October, A Bus which fell into a bomb crater in a London street, the front wheels became locked in the hole and the vehicle had to be hauled out (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

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