One thing is clear from this collection of pictures from 1940 — in the face of adversity, London carried on. We still read our books, sung our songs, posted our letters and went to the pub. As one shopkeeper pictured below rightly put it, it was 'business as usual'.
Children in London celebrate Christmas in an underground bomb shelter, December 25. Source History in Pictures The aftermath of a bomb attack, Autumn 1940. Source Prof.frank Mc Donough Elephant & Castle, 1940 Source Old London Source Old London Business as usual Source Old London View of a bomber over the London Docks, taken from another bomber, 7th September 1940 Source Old Pics Archive London Red Cross volunteers, Hammersmith, 1940 Source Old London Sikh family shelter in the crypt, Christ Church, Spitalfields Source Old Pics Archive Bomb damage in Balham results in tube tunnels collapsing, over 60 people killed Source Imperial War Museums Evacuees Source Old London 1940 Source Bbc World Service West End book business basement shelter, Bloomsbury.
Source Flashbak Cripplegate, 1st September 1940 Source Rob Baker Woman posting a letter. Source Jamesbellart A woman drinking tea in the aftermath of a German bombing raid during the Blitz Source History in Pictures Children in the East End, made homeless by the Blitz, 1940 Source Lost in History Readers browsing through the bomb-damaged library of Holland House. Source History in Pictures Little girl sitting in the ruins of her bombed home Source World War Ii History Elephant and Castle underground station shelter. Source Flashbak The wreckage of a bus, which was blasted against a house during the Blitz, 9 September 1940 Source Old Pics Archive Milkman at work during the Blitz, London, 9 October Source History in Moments Elephant and Castle underground station shelter close up. Source Flashbak A London bookshop, after a raid on 8 October 1940 Source Historical Pics Prospect of Whitby pub, Wapping Source Old London A wide view of the bomb-damaged shell of the John Lewis department store on London's Oxford Street. Source Old Pics Archive Balham Underground station Source Londonhistorian Dancers at the Windmill Theatre Source Old London Police officer during the Blitz, 1940 Source Old London The Docklands ablaze after the first mass air raid on London. Source Yesteryear London Underground station during The Blitz, 1940. Source London Underground Man sleeping in a stone sarcophagus, Christ Church Source Sarah Chavez Ealing c.1940 with pedestrian lanes to speed people up and avoid bumps in the blackout Source Davenant A WH Smith bookstore Source Bibliophilia London Blitz, 21 September 1940 Source Events From 1943 A market brings colour to the Blitz. Source Iliketowastemytime A bride still manages to get ready for her wedding Source Battle of Britain King's Cross railway station. Source Old London
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