Q. Why is your Tumblelog called "My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning"?
A. Because "My Grandmother's Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning" wouldn't fit in the available space.
Entrance to Necropolis Station, Waterloo, London, 1890:
Just outside Woking, in Surrey, is Brookwood Cemetery (also known as the London Necropolis)
The cemetery was opened by the London Necropolis Company in 1854 as an out-of-town cemetery; London was struggling to accommodate the dead in its inner city graveyards, and so this vast space (500 acres) was acquired.
The dead of London would reach the cemetery via a special train station, the London Necropolis Railway Station, which was next to Waterloo.
The photograph above shown the entrance to the Necropolis Station, with its beautifully ornate gates, waiting to welcome the dead on their last journey.
I’m so disappointed it now looks like this.
Omnibus, Upper Richmond Road, London, 1895:
Aside from the adverts on the side of this ‘bus, the most striking thing for me about this photograph is the state of the road - I doubt roads on construction sites are as bad as this these days.
On the side of the bus, on the top board, can be seen an advert for Thomas Tilling. Thomas Tilling started business in 1846, buying horses and buses, along with the rights to operate certain London routes with them.
By the mid 1850’s he had 70 vehicles, and by the time of his death in 1893 he had a stable of some four thousand horses.
Victorian gas lamps that sold cups of hot coffee.
At the Great Exhibition of 1897, a demonstration as made of a gas lamp that also included an automatic machine which could dispense a gallon of hot water, or a halfpennies worth of Beef tea essence, Cocoa, Milk, Sugar, Tea or Coffee.
St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London, England
Another woman (another shop girl?) reads while walking (1906).Edward Linley Sambourn. Candid street photograph.
The images are part of history as they show fashion, hairstyles, and activities of regular people. The photographs show us how women looked in a certain part of London in the early 1900s, specifically Kensington.
“It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.” — Alfred Eisenstaedt
Fleet Street, London c. Late 19th Century (via)
Cheapside, London, 1880:
It’s fair to say that if a traveler from the 180’s was to arrive on Cheapside today, the only thing he would recognise would be St Mary-Le-Bow church.
Gone are all the old buildings like these, replaced by tall cliff faces of beige concrete and dark glass.
The 1880’s cheapside is a stark contrast to the plain thoroughfare of today; I could spend quite a while looking at the Victorian picture and come away still feeling as though there was something I’d missed, whereas if you were to look at a picture of modern-day Cheapside, there is, on the whole, nothing of great interest building-wise.
A particular highlight for me on the 1880’s picture is, of course, Number 73. The ground floor of which is the shop Mead and Deverell. Zooming in reveals so much detail. Text above the shopfront windows advertises Rocking-Horses, Perambulators, what looks like Archery, and another word I can’t quite decipher.
Above the shop is an Orphan Working School, above that is a dentist, and the very top floor is to let; I imagine there were many varied noises coming from that building…
Next door on the left is E.G Wood, an optician. Unlike number 73, This business takes up the entire building, and has wonderful huge pairs of glasses both half way up, and right at the top of the building.
A year before this photograph was taken Charles Dickens Junior wrote on Cheapside in his Dickens’ Dictionary of London;
“Cheapside remains now what it was five centuries ago, the greatest thoroughfare in the City of London. Other localities have had their day, have risen, become fashionable, and have sunk into obscurity and neglect, but Cheapside has maintained its place, and may boast of being the busiest thoroughfare in the world, with the sole exception perhaps of London Bridge.”