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London in the 1920's-street toy sellers, Holborn
The children show a great interest in the mechanical toys being sold by a hawker in Holborn. Gamages, a department store well known for its toy department is just across the way, but these are cheaper alternatives, although they may well cease to function after a very short while!
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“Here they find helping hands” Or: The Victorian House of Charity
A couple of weeks ago the news was reporting that Westminster Council wanted to close soup kitchens to stop the homeless gathering there and, in effect, making the place look messy. This story put me in mind of a few pieces of Victorian Journalism I have read on the subject of the homeless – there are many out there – and I had a look through my little collection and found this 1870 piece, ‘The Terrible Sights of London and Labours of Love in the Midst of Them’ by Thomas Archer. Whilst many…
May Day Tea
The approach of May Day always transports me back to grade school where the holiday was celebrated with much fanfare and festivity. Attending an all girls school, we could revel in this day featuring flowers, romance, ribbons and new outfits with unabashed exuberance. The May Queen and her court were chosen from among the students and ceremoniously crowned as groups of girls danced around a May pole weaving intricate patterns from colorful garland. Of course that was more than a few years…