The King’s Speech: King George IV photographed during his address to the British people from London on 3 September 1939, the first evening of the Second World War.

The Kings Speech: King George IV photographed during his address to the British people from London on 3 September the first evening of the Second World War.

Tower of London Ravens. Date taken : 1935 - 1939,  Photographer : John Gay

Ravens, Tower of London. The presence of the ravens is traditionally believed to protect the Crown and the Tower; a superstition holds that "If the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it.

Art Deco 1910-1939 exhibition featuring the foyer from the London Strand Palace Hotel 1930-1931.

View of the Art Deco exhibition featuring the foyer from the London Strand Palace Hotel (designed by Oliver Bernard) and evening jacket with green collar, summer 1929 (from the couture house Jeanne Lanvin, Paris) Museum Victoria, Melbourne

Charing Cross Road in 1937, a photograph by Wolfgang Suschitzky

giles circus, charing cross road, 1937 photo by wolf suschitzky, from london street photography I am obsessed with pre-WWII London photos.

1935: Bathers enjoy a beach on the Embankment by Tower Bridge.

Bathers enjoy a beach on the Embankment by Tower Bridge. Bathers enjoy a beach on the Embankment by Tower Bridge. Bathers enjoy a beach on the Embankment by Tower Bridge.

Phyllis Gordon walks her pet cheetah in London, 1939

Cheetah Who Shops. 09 August 1939 - American silent film actress Phyllis Gordon - window-shopping in Earls Court with her pet cheetah.

A baby bush-baby in a set of scales at London Zoo shortly after birth. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images). 10th August 1938

A baby bush-baby in a set of scales at London Zoo shortly after birth, 1938

Crystal Palace - London 1854

The Crystal Palace, Hyde Park, London, designed by Sir Joseph Paxton, built for the Great Exhibition of 1851

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