These chilling images were taken during London’s Great Smog of ’52. For four days the city of London was blanketed by a poisonous smog that reduced visibility to a few yards and led to an estimated 12,000 fatalities. From NPR:        Roads were littered with abandoned cars. Midday concerts were cancelled due to total darkness. Archivists at the British Museum found smog lurking in the book stacks. Cattle in the city’s Smithfield market were killed and thrown away before they could be…

Toxic fog - London bus makes its way along Fleet Street in heavy smog, December 1952 Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The morning after a direct hit by a high explosive bomb on St. Matthew's Hospital, Shoreditch, in London, on Oct. 9, 1940. In spite of the night's experiences, nurses are on the job rescuing blankets and other bedding from among the debris.

WWII London Hospital Bomb Damage

WWII: The morning after a direct hit by a high explosive bomb on St. Matthew's Hospital, Shoreditch, in London, on Oct. In spite of the night's experiences nurses are on the job rescuing blankets and other bedding from among the debris.

Children being evacuated from the city during the ongoing German bombing blitz. London, 1940.

fyeah-history: “ Children being evacuated from London during the ongoing German bombing, 1940 ”

London wedding during the WW2 blitz ~

Wartime Bride Sets Out For Church - Miss Ena Squire-Brown, an international dancer famed for her Dove Dance, leaves her recently bombed home for St. George's Church in Forest Hill, to marry Royal Air Force flying officer J.

1932: A small girl in a push chair modelled on a horse-drawn carriage, out for a stroll in Hyde Park, London, with her mother and a Great Dane

27 Awesome Vintage Photos of Moms

A small girl in a push chair modelled on a horse-drawn carriage, out for a stroll in Hyde Park, London, with her mother and a Great Dane.: 27 Awesome Vintage Photos of Moms

Sicilian Row - 1920's London

Sicilian Avenue, London (circa Photographer unknown, but books. Lots of books.

First ever Waitrose shop started in Acton 1904

The Waitrose snobbery/property price index

1904 - First Waitrose opened in Acton Hill, London, by Wallace Waite, Arthur Rose and David Taylor

Pearly King and Queen.Today's Pearlies are dedicated charity workers who are continually assisting with fund raising activities for a multitude of different organisations. The Pearly motto is "One Never Knows".

My Nan and Grandad! Pearly King and Queen.Today's Pearlies are dedicated charity workers who are continually assisting with fund raising activities for a multitude of different organisations. The Pearly motto is "One Never Knows".

Women Coal Miners, 1890. I'm surprised, my father told me in the 60's that everyone believed women were bad luck in the mines.

Women Coal Miners, 1890 Can't imagine mining coal in a dress. The things women…

Bread queues in the 1970's, remember those...

Housewives stand in line at a bakery as result of a bakery workers strike, London, England, UK, photograph by the Associated Press (photographer unattributed).

Covent Garden Labourers    From 'Street Life in London', 1877, by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith.

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

A boy sits reading in a bombed bookstore, London, October 8 1940

A boy sits amid the ruins of a London bookshop after an air raid on October reading a book titled “The History of London.

London at War, c. 1940.  Police in London during the Blitz...

Policeman London at War - Police 1940 Police in London during the Blitz.

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