Sweeps, nomads, quacks, and crawlers — Victorian London captured on film

Tooling around the Intertubes this week, I stumbled upon this photographic tribute to what my Seven-Year-Old calls the Olden Times — Everyday life in London in 1870, courtesy of the Mail Online.

Street vendors of everything from locksmithing to strawberries, boardman, nomads, drivers, bootblacks, flying dustmen, street musicians, beggars, and public disinfectors  — all there to give you a taste of what it was like to walk through London in the 1870s.

Clearly the most disreputable of the lot -- a down and out photographer taking photographs on the cheap on Clapham Common. (Photo: John Thompson/Bishopsgate Institute)

Clearly the most disreputable of the lot — a down and out photographer taking photographs on the cheap on Clapham Common. (Photo: John Thompson/Bishopsgate Institute)

That reminds me — I still need to read Lee Jackson’s Dust, Mud, Soot, and Soil: The Worst Jobs in Victorian England.

Oh, and Happy Halloween!

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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