Maids 1864 - photo of two young girls in service in England in 1864.

[Oscar Gustave Rejlander Maids Drawing water at Freshwater, chores are always a horrid job but it's gotton easiers

The Cheap Fish of St-Giles. From 'Street Life in London', 1877, by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith.

Photographer: John Thomson The Cheap Fish Of St. Giles’s [Street Life in London] 1877 Woodburytype London School of Economics - Digital Library (via Accidental Mysteries, A Street Photographer of Century London: Observatory: Design Observer)

St Pauls 1926 / LONDON

St Pauls 1926 / LONDON - I realize this is past the Victorian era,but this picture is so iconic, and 40 years earlier this scene would have looked very much the same.

Street Advertising. From 'Street Life in London', 1877, by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith.

Victorian bill stickers paste placards advertising Madame Tussaud's waxworks museum in London. Original Publication: From 'Street Life In London' by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith - pub. 1877 (Photo by John Thomson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

1908. London.

London shopping, you can see, wear big hat had fur on top, fur detail, and velvet lika a trend at Edwardian era

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.

Poplar, East London 1879

Street scene in Poplar 1912 - note the bills advertising Queens and Hippodrome Poplar - From The British Century - Brian Moynahan

The village 'bobby'. London's reorganized police force went on duty in 1829. British Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel introduced the legislation establishing the new police force, hence the popular nickname for London police, "bobbies" or "Peelers". We always used to see the Bobby on his bike when I was young.

The village 'bobby'. London's reorganized police force went on duty in British Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel introduced the legislation establishing the new police force, hence the popular nickname for London police, "bobbies" or "Peelers".

London bobby circa 1920.

London bobby circa policemen, called 'bobbies' or 'peelers,' were nicknamed after Robert Peel who began the first police force in London

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