To confuse any invading armies the road signs are changed in London, 1940.

1940 - To confuse any invading armies the road signs are changed in London.

Old Pictures of London in Victorian Era - circa 1890 - Covent Garden women shelling walnuts.

Walnut Shelling, circa Women shelling walnuts at Covent Garden Market in London. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)

Francis J. Walters, Undertakers, 811 Commercial Rd from Philip Mernick’s East London Shopfronts

Scrooge and Marley sign Francis J. Walters, Undertakers, 811 Commercial Rd from Philip Mernick’s East London Shopfronts

Quirky photos from Britain's past... Bananas were a crowd puller: A scene from Bethnal Green, east London in 1946. Smiling women queuing for the much awaited bananas which have been scarce since the beginning of the Second World War.

A scene from Bethnal Green, East London, showing smiling women queueing for the much awaited bananas which have been scarce since the beginning of the Second World War. Beetroot is also available on this roadside stall.

London Routemaster bus having it's destinations roll changed in the depot.

First thing when I arrive. Great orientation to the city. London Routemaster bus having its destinations roll changed in the depot.

Tower of London. 1934

London policeman and Beef Eater Tower of London. 1934 informed not a pc, but a senior army officer in regemental helmet.

Higham's Park, East London in 1946: And with fireworks in his hat, lapel and top pocket

Where have all the Guys gone? QUENTIN LETTS'S nostalgia for the fantastic Bonfire Night effigies of yesteryear

1960. The Regent Street Christmas lights at night.

16 Magical Photos Of Old-Time Festive London

Hyde Park's own shepherd taking his sheep along the Serpentine pathway to new grazing ground elsewhere in the park. His dog has taken to the water to stop the sheep from swimming off, 16th March 1938.

Hyde Park's own shepherd taking his sheep along the Serpentine pathway to new grazing ground elsewhere in the park. His dog has taken to the water to stop the sheep from swimming off.

Skinheads and hippies, Piccadilly Circus.Photographed by Terry Spencer, 1969.

The 16 Most Delightfully British Photos Of All Time

My "Hippie Love" novel trucks through an era like this . Skinheads and hippies, Piccadilly Circus, Photo by Terry Spencer.

J.F. List, Baker, 418 Bethnal Green Rd

List, Baker, 418 Bethnal Green Rd from Philip Mernick’s East London Shopfronts

Victoria Park, East London: ‘The People’s Park’

Victoria Park, East London: ‘the People’s Park’

Vintage London, East London, Open Spaces, London England, Flourish, Victoria, Parks, Carnival, Roots

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