A couple in the audience at the Collins’ Music Hall, Islington, north London, 1955. By Bert Hardy/Getty Images
The Getty Images Gallery in London opens its new show, Londoners Through A Lens, on 14 August. It features some great archive images of the capital’s people from 1900 onwards…
The show is billed as a sequel to the gallery’s previous London Through A Lens show – where the city itself was the focus. This time it’s the city’s inhabitants who are in the frame.
The Getty Images Gallery promises to reveal the “people of London, from the film stars to the flower sellers” and, as this rather nice selection of images from the press office reveals, it looks like it’s the regular people who are going to steal the show.
More info on the exhibition at the Getty Images Gallery site.
People asleep on the escalators of an underground station in London during an air raid. Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images
An example of the remarkable “wire cage” which East Poplar borough council in London proposed to fix to the outside of tenement windows, so that babies could benefit from fresh air and sunshine, January 1934. Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images
Early morning swimmers prepare to dive into the waters of the lido in London’s Hyde Park, October 1935. Not a polyurethane swimsuit in sight. Photo by J. A. Hampton/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images
Sid James and Kenneth Williams having a tea break during the filming of Carry On At Your Convenience, 1971. Actress Patsy Rowlands, who also stars in the film, is on the right. Is Sid tucking in to some winkles there? We like to think so. Photo by Larry Ellis Collection/Getty Images