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    Victorian Britain in Fotos (ca 1870 and 1880)

    Two articles about discovered fotos in the Daily Mail from the later 19th century Victorian London and Newcastle


    In the frantic pace of modern life, it is often easy to forget what life was once like for those who built the world we now live in.

    These fascinating black and white pictures taken by photographer John Thompson show the reality of existence in the 1800s when photography was in its infancy.

    In 1876 he set out with writer Adolphe Smith and together the pair spoke to people and the shots were later published in magazine, Street Life in London.

    The pictures, now stored at the Bishopsgate Institute, capture the lives of street beggars, chimney sweeps, street doctors and market sellers among many others.

    Each picture caption is accompanied by the words written by Mr Smith and originally printed in the monthly magazine.














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    A curious photo archivist from Newcastle stumbled on an amazing treasure trove of street photographs which capture the city's Victorian residents going about their daily lives.

    Aaron Guy, who works at Newcastle's Mining Institute, discovered the 300-image collection of early glass negatives after peering into a long-forgotten box.

    He was moving some old furniture for the Society of Antiquaries when the innocuous container caught his eye.













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    London During the 1870s

    As the 1870s drew to a close the population of London approached 4,000,000. As you can see from the photographs posted by Velvet and myself, the conditions for millions were most uncomfortable. However, the city certainly didn’t lack character. Sadly, most of the buildings pictured were either lost during the Blitz or the revitalisation programs of the 1950s and 1960s. Very little of Dickensian London remains, so these photographs are in many cases all that is left of such an interesting chapter of our history.






















































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    Thanks Velvet, those are some great photos.

    It is unbelievable just how poor people were back then, and all of the resources were created by human hands. No Computers, Robots or other mechanization.

    This is a pretty good indicator as to just how far, we/Germanic western civilization have claimed in a little over 100 years.

    Lets just hope that Multiculturalism does not kill the civilization's that we have created, and that we can solve the technical and political problems that we are currently facing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linden View Post
    London During the 1870s

    As the 1870s drew to a close the population of London approached 4,000,000. As you can see from the photographs posted by Velvet and myself, the conditions for millions were most uncomfortable. However, the city certainly didn’t lack character. Sadly, most of the buildings pictured were either lost during the Blitz or the revitalisation programs of the 1950s and 1960s. Very little of Dickensian London remains, so these photographs are in many cases all that is left of such an interesting chapter of our history.



    Well I can sure see why the Germans thought that London was a tinderbox waiting to go up.

    A few bombs dropped into all that would create one hell of a fire. And with the horse drawn fire engines of the day it would be almost impossible to put out.

    That would be one hell of a terrifying experience, for sure.
    A scene from Dante's Inferno for sure.

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    Vielen dank Velvet! Great images, I give a lecture on Thompsons work so this is very interesting to me.
    “unless they know, mystically, that beneath the concrete lies the earth which has nourished their race for a thousand years and ... that it is their own earth from which their blood is shed and renewed, then they are a lost people, and easy prey for those who have lacked roots for many centuries"
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    Quote Originally Posted by EQ Fighter View Post
    Well I can sure see why the Germans thought that London was a tinderbox waiting to go up.
    This is precisely what the Allies were thinking when they planned the terror/firebombing of German cities.

    From about the mid-17th century up until the late 19th most German cities could not afford large-scale rebuilding of their inner cities. They compromised by simply replacing most medieval facades with Renaissance, Baroque, Victorian, etc. But the interior structures remained medieval and built almost entirely of wood.

    A few bombs dropped into all that would create one hell of a fire. And with the horse drawn fire engines of the day it would be almost impossible to put out.
    Over 90% of London's wooden structures were lost in the Great Fire of 1666. The City and surrounding areas were rebuilt mostly with brick. This is probably one of the reasons why fires never spread during the Blitz like they did in German cities, as bricks are highly resistant. Certainly resistant enough to give firemen time to put the larger fires out, whereas in Germany whole neighborhoods went up in flames in a matter of minutes.

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