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In Photos: London In 1939

In Photos: London In 1939

1939 in London. Anderson shelters were being built and headlines spoke of the war. Elsewhere though, life went on as normal, with Thames beaches, East End pubs and traffic on Regent Street.

Swimming in the Thames, 1939
Source Old London
British soldier brings tea to comrades working to repair banks of the River Ravensbourne, which flooded South London, 1939
Source Pinterest
An East End girl dancing the Lambeth Walk, 1939
Source Old London
QPR training at Loftus Road, 1939
Source Old London
Piccadilly Circus, on the night before the 1939 blackout took effect
Source Mashable
Richmond, 1939
Source Old London
War declared, 1939
Source Old London
Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, Christmas 1939
Source Happy And Glorious
Leaving for the front, 1939
Source Old London
Cannon Street tube station, London, 1939
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An Austin LL (Low-Loader) taxicab, which was introduced in 1934. The rear portion of its roof could be folded down.
Source Ibtimes
London's smallest fire station 1939
Source Old Pics Archive
Piccadilly Circus, Christmas 1939
Source Rob Baker
Mount Pleasant sorting office, Christmas 1939
Source Rob Baker
A couple strolling hand in hand across Tower Bridge, 1939
Source The Ripper
Children of Polish Jews on their arrival in London, February 1939
Source Buzzfeed
Victoria bus station, 1939
Source Old London
Soho shop window, 1939
Source Old London
The Hope Tavern on Pollards Row, Bethnal Green, 1939
Source The Ripper
Workmen erect Anderson shelters in the street for houses without gardens, September 1939
Source The Ripper
Regent Street, 1939
Source Historic London
A boy plays football with a baby giant panda at London Zoo, 1939
Source Historyphotographed
Tower Bridge, 1939
Source Barnaby Edwards
Tower London, 1939
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Last Updated 26 April 2017