Cupboard Shelter, December 1943 A day nursery in the East End of London shelters children in a linen cupboard during an air raid.

Cupboard Shelter, December 1943 A day nursery in the East End of London shelters children in a linen cupboard during an air raid.

A group of match-girls in 1888, the year the workers at the Bryant & May Match Factory in Bow, East London, went on strike.

A group of match-girls in 1888, the year the workers at the Bryant & May Match Factory in Bow, East London, went on strike.

Pre Fabs were created in large numbers as social housing in East London following the second war

Pre Fabs were created in large numbers as social housing in East London following the second war

That's why we get along so well because I can never understand what he is saying.... Love him! You have no idea! Lol

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by Friedrich Engels The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State (1884), was a provocative and profoundly influential critique of the Victorian nuclear family. Engels argued that the traditional monogamous household was in fact a recent construct, closely bound up with capitalist societies. Under this patriarchal system, women were servants and, effectively, prostitutes. Only Communism would herald the dawn of communal living and a new se...

The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State

by Friedrich Engels The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State (1884), was a provocative and profoundly influential critique of the Victorian nuclear family. Engels argued that the traditional monogamous household was in fact a recent construct, closely bound up with capitalist societies. Under this patriarchal system, women were servants and, effectively, prostitutes. Only Communism would herald the dawn of communal living and a new se...

Adelaide Springett was so ashamed of her tattered boots, she took them off for this 1901 photograph. Adapted from Spitalfields Nippers by Horace Warner, published by Spitalfields Life Books, £20.

Portraits of the Spitalfields Nippers taken by photographer in book

Adelaide Springett was so ashamed of her tattered boots, she took them off for this 1901 photograph. Adapted from Spitalfields Nippers by Horace Warner, published by Spitalfields Life Books, £20.

London's East End in the 60's,   (from London’s East End, a 1960s album).  Photo by Steve Lewis.

London's East End in the 60's, (from London’s East End, a 1960s album). Photo by Steve Lewis.

Ragamuffins: Annie, seven, and one-year-old Nellie, sit sad and hungry on sacking outside their house in Spitalfields. They were among ten children born to single mother Annie Daniels. Five of their siblings died in childhood. Adapted from Spitalfields Nippers by Horace Warner, published by Spitalfields Life Books, £20.

Portraits of the Spitalfields Nippers taken by photographer in book

Ragamuffins: Annie, seven, and one-year-old Nellie, sit sad and hungry on sacking outside their house in Spitalfields. They were among ten children born to single mother Annie Daniels. Five of their siblings died in childhood. Adapted from Spitalfields Nippers by Horace Warner, published by Spitalfields Life Books, £20.

Black and noisome, the road sticky with slime, and palsied houses, rotten from chimney to cellar, leaning together, apparently by the mere coherence of their ingrained corruption.

Black and noisome, the road sticky with slime, and palsied houses, rotten from chimney to cellar, leaning together, apparently by the mere coherence of their ingrained corruption.

East End Slum 1949& we wonder why William Booth [salvation Army] started the first soup kitchen by the Elephant & Castle pub.

East End Slum 1949& we wonder why William Booth [salvation Army] started the first soup kitchen by the Elephant & Castle pub.

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