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. 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.

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

Lydia Ward, Guy's Hospital London 1907 - amazing to think that this was the year that Dad was born !

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.

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.

Interior of Crystal Palace, London, 1851

Great Exhibition photo Claude Marie Ferrier (French Reports of the Juries, 1851 Exhibition. View of Transept, looking south, Westmacott set. Painted and dyed cotton.

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.

(Emma's great grandfathers cousin so technically I'm royalty) The Jersey Lily - Lillie Langtry British actress, mistress of King Edward VII and painted by Millais and Burne-Jones.

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)

This water gate stood at the river’s edge, fifty yards from Samuel Pepys’ house. Built in 1626, as the triumphal entry for the Duke of Buckingham to York House, since the Victoria Embankment was completed in 1870 it has been marooned a hundred yards from the Thames. "In Search of Relics of Old London" Spitalfields Life

York Water Gate, attributed to Sir Balthazar Gerbier. Built in 1626 as the triumphal entry for the Duke of Buckingham to York House. Since the Victoria Embankment was completed in 1870 it has been marooned a hundred yards from the Thames.

The big freeze - River Thames - London frozen in 1963

Wintry walkway: Two people take the very dangerous risk of cycling and walking along a frozen River Thames in London. The snow began falling on Boxing Day 1962 and the big freeze lasted until March.

Cromwell Road 15 May 1907

Return of the Edwardian sartorialist – Sambourne’s Kensington street style

Linley Sambourne, Edward - Cromwell Road London, 15 May A middle class married woman with her two sons in sailor suits. Photo by Edward Linley Sambourne.

Entrance to the Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton

Vintage black & white postcard of the entrance to the Royal Pavilion - Gardens, Brighton, East Sussex where Tom and Elen would have visited on a date.

East street market - George Barnes who had a stall selling sarsaparilla.

The Sarsaparilla seller in East Street Market, SE London. I remember having hot sarsaparilla from this stall when shopping on a Sunday, happy memories!OH god the very best memories, Hot sarsaparilla and chestnuts

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