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This busy scene on 384 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton shows crowds queuing outside a store advertising ‘Horse Flesh for Human Consumption’ while a lorry unloads more meat. The photo was taken on January 11th 1947 when post-war food rationing was still in full effect, and according to Budgie Byrne, the meat was on sale in Brixton for many years.

This busy scene on 384 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton shows crowds queuing outside a store advertising 'Horse Flesh for Human Consumption' while a lorry unloads

The cat's meat man pushed his barrow around East End streets selling cheap meat to families as pet food. Often horsemeat, it was unfit for human consumption and sometimes even too rotten for pets. The decoration on the house marks the coronation of Edward VII.

The cat's meat man pushed his barrow around East End streets selling cheap meat to families as pet food. Often horsemeat, it was unfit for human consumption and sometimes even too rotten for pets.

An East London pet store in the 1890's with a wall of caged song-birds at Club Row.

An East London pet store in the with a wall of caged song-birds at Club Row. The Huguenots were known for loving caged birds. My dad did too.

July 1939. Gordonton, N.C. Country store on dirt road.  Coca Cola-  Depression Era Photography of DOROTHEA LANGE

Country store on dirt road. Coca Cola- Depression Era Photography of Dorothea Lange

184 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton. Julian Hosier.

184 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton. Julian Hosier.

1908 advertising brochure for Rance’s Turkish Baths, Brixton.Rance’s And Savoy Turkish Baths at 461 Brixton Road. Operated in Brixton Road from 1893 to 1932. Rance’s Turkish Baths used to stand at 461 Brixton Road, at the back of (formerly Brixton Woolworths).Offering large plunge baths and ‘perfect ventilation’ with chiropodists, hairdressers and experienced masseurs on hand.By 1910, you could book a session quite late in the day too, with the Brixton premises staying open from 8am until…

Brixton history: Rance’s And Savoy Turkish Baths at 461 Brixton Road

Brixton Old Fire Station, Ferndale Road, 1870s

Brixton’s first fire station at Ferndale Road, built around shortly after the London Fire Brigade was formed by the Metropolitan Fire Brigade Act of

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