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September 23, 2021

28 Vintage Color Snapshots of London in the 1960s

Some of these photographs were taken when the photographer was just 13 years old, with a Halina PET camera and Ektachrome film. He lived in Byfleet, a village lies around 20 miles from the center of London. From 1971 to 1987, he frequently visited the capital city by train.

Most of these pictures were captured using Ektachrome film. Initially developed in the early 1940s, it allowed professionals and amateurs alike to process their own films. Ektachrome has a distinctive look that became familiar to many readers of National Geographic, which used it extensively for color photographs for decades in settings where Kodachrome was too slow.

Take a look at these gorgeous Ektachrome snapshots of London in the sixties. For more fascinating vintage pictures, check out the photographer’s Flickr site.

Piccadilly Circus, North side, 1962

Piccadilly Circus, West side, 1962

Piccadilly Circus at night, 1962

Victoria Embankment from Westminster Bridge, 1962

Big Ben across Westminster Bridge, 1962

National Galley, Trafalgar Square, 1965

Trafalgar Square. St Martin-in-the-Fields, 1965

The Mall during Jordanian State Visit, 1966

Tate Gallery, 1966

British Museum, Bloomsbury, 1966

River Thames from Westminster Bridge, 1966

Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, 1966

New Scotland Yard and Embankment, 1966

Parliament Square, 1967

Admiralty Arch, The Mall, 1967

Lion and Bus Stop, Westminster Bridge, 1967

Embankment Gardens, 1967

Bond Street looking north, 1967

Nelson’s Column, Trafalgar Square, 1967

Royal Law Courts, 1967

Restaurant in Hyde Park, 1967

St.George’s, Hanover Square, 1967

View from Hyde Park to Hilton Hotel, 1967

Regent Street looking north, 1967

County Hall, 1968

Kings Weighhouse Church, Duke Street, 1967

Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, 1967

Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly, 1970


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