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June 16, 2015

Vintage Photographs of the British at Work and Play in the 1930s

Edwin Smith (1912 – 1971) was an English photographer. He is best known for his distinctive vignettes of English gardens, landscapes, and architecture. But some of his finest work is portraiture.

Workers sitting on steps outside the Guildhall, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

St. James Street Station, Walthamstow, London

A miner's home, Scotswood on Tyne

Mannequin on a street barrow, London

Herring girls gutting fish on the quayside, North Shields

Six clowns (Pinder in the centre) from Hagenbeck's Circus, Olympia, London

Circus riders

Fairground workers constructing Gray's roundabout, Hampstead, London

Children playing in the street outside a shop, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear

People on the beach at South Shields, Tyne and Wear

Workers at the National Aircraft Factory, Croydon, London

Boys at Church Farm School, East Barnet, London

Helter skelter and roundabout at a London fairground

Clowns performing at Bertram Mills Circus, Olympia, London

Portrait of an immigrant

Portrait of a rural worker

Shepherd Poole, shepherd to Mr. S Holloway of Norton-sub-Hambdon, Somerset

Portrait of seated woman

Coco the Clown at Olympia, London

Circus horses and trainer

Fishermen and their boats on a beach

Quayside market on Sunday morning, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Fashion shot

Fairground, Mitcham, London

Fan dancer, Mitcham Fair, London

Fashion shot taken at 72 Brook Street, London

(Photos © Edwin Smith / RIBA Library Photographs Collection, via Mashable/ Retronaut)


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