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Boys playing Cops and Robbers in Cable Street, East London: 1951

Boys playing Cops and Robbers in Cable Street, East London: 1951 Photo by Henry Grant

Cable Street - Londons East End 1969

You wouldn't want to mess with these guys! Cable Street - Londons East End 1969

children, 40 Cable Street, Isle of Dogs, E14 / 1910     photographer unknown

The Maybe children ~ 40 Cable Street ~ Isle of Dogs ~ London ~ 1910 ~ photographer unknown ~

Credit: Horace Warner/The Religious Society of Friends in Britain A boy and girl on a window ledgeThe Guardian,uk

Spitalfields nippers: rare photographs of London street kids in 1901 – in pictures

London off Louisa Place, Shoreditch, East London. Children skipping in the street.

London off Louisa Place, Shoreditch, East London. We all skipped for hours in all weathers.

A group of children playing cards and cycling in the streets of Shoreditch in East London c, 1950's.

A group of children playing cards and cycling in the streets of Shoreditch in East London.

Photo taken around 1925, The photo was taken in the East End of London and that probably means he's from the slums, a poor family, or perhaps no family.  The Wall Street crash and subsequent great depression are just a few years away, but if he survives until 1939, he'll then be about 23 years old, so he'll most likely join the army.

Most of the pictures here come from the triple volume Wonderful London, with many of them by photographer Donald McLeish.

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