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July 24, 2015

Toffs and Toughs: The Photo That Illustrates the Class Divide in Pre-War Britain, 1937

“Toffs and Toughs” is a 1937 photograph of five boys: two dressed in the Harrow School uniform including waistcoat, top hat, boutonnière, and cane; and three nearby wearing the plain clothes of pre-war working class youths.


The picture was taken by Jimmy Sime on July 9, 1937 outside the Grace Gates at Lord’s Cricket Ground during the Eton v Harrow cricket match. It has been reproduced frequently as an illustration of the British class system.

(via Rare Historical Photos)


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