Monday, October 5, 2015

The Kray Twins: Rare and Unseen Pictures of Notorious London Gangsters Ronnie and Reggie

Twin brothers Ronald "Ronnie" Kray (1933–1995) and Reginald "Reggie" Kray (1933–2000) were English gangsters who were the foremost perpetrators of organised crime in the East End of London during the 1950s and 1960s.

A collection of black and white photos show Ronnie and Reggie as lads growing up and as mobsters mixing with the rich and famous. Once described as the most dangerous men in Britain, the Kray twins were never shy about posing for the camera. And, as these unseen images show, they revelled in their hard-man reputations right from the start.

(From left) Ronnie Kray, unknown, Terry Allen, Pat Connolly, 'Old Steff' and Reggie Kray London, England

Ronnie Kray having drinks with American singer Johnny Ray

Ronnie Kray relaxing with a friend at Victoria Park in Hackney, London

(From left) Dickie Morgan, Harry Abrahams, Reggie Kray and Charlie Kray in Bethnal Green, London

Ronnie and Reggie Kray with older brother Charlie's son Gary Kray in Bethnal Green, London

Kray twins (centre) with friends and Ronnie's pet dog Freda when they were evacuated during the Second World War in Suffolk, England

The Kray twins (left and right) with Dickie Morgan (centre right) and another associate in Bethnal Green

Ronnie and Charlie Kray on a day out at the seaside with friends and children

Ronnie Kray, Leslie Burman and Reggie in Bethnal Green

Ronnie, Charlie, Gary and Reggie Kray outside their home at Vallance Road in Bethnal Green

The Kray twins (left and midde right) with Dickie Morgan (left middle) and Laurie O'Leary in Bethnal Green

Reggie and Ronnie Kray as young boxers in Bethnal Green, London

(From left) Johnny Carden, Willie Malone, Joe Schaffer and Pat Connolly at Reggie Kray & Frances Shea's wedding

Ronnine Kray posing with pianist Winifred Atwell and some local children in London

Reggie Kray (2nd left) relaxing with friends at a local lido in London, England

Bethnal Green hardman Chunky Morgan lifting two of the Kray's associates in Bethnal Green, London

(From left) Billy Donovan, Pat Connolly, Reg Kray, Charlie Kray, Johnny Davis, Tommy Flat, far right unknown, bottom two unknown at Regal Billiards Hall in Bethnal Green, London

Actress Barbara Windsor with Ronnie Kray

Reggie Kray with his wife Frances Kray and Terry Allen

The Kray's Aunt May, laughing outside the Kray's home in Bethnal Green, London

Charlie Kray Snr relaxing at Victoria Park in Hackney, London

(Photos © Barcroft Media)

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