Slum, Birmingham, c. 1872; Broken windows, ragged clothes and narrow alleys. A typical Victorian slum.

Slum, Birmingham, c. Broken windows, ragged clothes and narrow alleys. A typical Victorian slum.

...y qué querés con esta inseguridad que hay. (The Pickpockets, four young men, circa 1910)

...y qué querés con esta inseguridad que hay. (The Pickpockets, four young men, circa 1910)

Police have revealed never before seen pictures of the real Peaky Blinders, a ruthless Birmingham street gang whose story has inspired a new...

Police release photographs of the real Peaky Blinders

Police have revealed never before seen pictures of the real Peaky Blinders, a ruthless Birmingham street gang whose story has inspired a new BBC drama.

The Peaky Blinders ran their crime ring in the backstreets of Birmingham (pictured)

The real Peaky Blinders: Victorian gang who terrorised the streets of Birmingham and sewed razor blades into their caps to headbutt rivals

The 'Peaky Blinders' - so called because of their deadly flat caps - terrorised Birmingham from the late into the early century, when the city was a world industrial centre.

Peaky Blinders: Pictures of terrifying real-life Birmingham gang from BBC2 drama revealed

Peaky Blinders: Pictures of terrifying real-life gang from BBC2 drama revealed

Thomas Gilbert was an elder statesman of the Peaky Blinders.He was a fishmonger by trade and gave that as reason for his missing fingers. age 38 in he was arrested for "false pretences"

Court Number 1, Thomas Street, Birmingham, 1871: What I like about this photograph is that if you concentrated only on the houses in the background then this could easily be a modern photo. I used to live in a house that looked a little like one of those houses, and anyone travelling to London on the train that passes through Surbiton and Clapham will see scores of homes just like these. Yet, if you cast your eyes down the photo to the cobbled streets, makeshift laundry lines, rickety…

Court Number Thomas Street, Birmingham, (circa soon to be demolished for the cutting of Corporation Street

David Taylor, pictured here, was a gang member from his youth, and was caught stealing a gun aged 13

The real Peaky Blinders: Victorian gang who terrorised the streets of Birmingham and sewed razor blades into their caps to headbutt rivals

David Taylor, pictured here, was a Peaky Blinder gang member from his youth, in Birmingham, England. He was caught stealing a gun aged 13


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