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What Life was really like – by people who were there




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  • Recollections from people who lived in those times.
  • Old photographs and photographs from museums.
  • Shows how ordinary people used to live (for family history; school projects; social history; general interest; etc.).
  • Suggests talking points with elderly people who will remember much of what is here.
  • Provides photographic stimuli for dementia patients whose long term memories are better than their short-term ones.

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A coalman at a coal yard loading sacks of coal onto a delivery lorry, mid 20th century

Coalman loading coal ...

Horse-drawn tram in Edmonton, north London  c1900, thumbnail

Public transport ...

Two-wheel baker's hand cart, thumnail

Delivering bread ...

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Saturday morning pictures ...

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How people used to wash ...

WW2 ration books thumbnail

Rationing in the Second World War ...

Old wooden plunger to drain cabbage in a colander

No not a darning mushroom! ...

First World War photo, thumbnail

Life in Britain in the First World War ...

china doll, thumbnail

Toys for young children ...

London chimney sweep with equipment, early 1900s

The chimney sweep ...

old school classsroom desks, thumbnail

School classrooms ...

Sketch of a woman using a mangle, early 1900s

The mangle on washdays ...

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Coal fires ...

galvanised dustbin, thumbnail

Refuse collection and dustmen ...

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The rag and bone man ...

Three gold balls: the sign of a pawnbrokers shop

Pawn brokers shops ...

kitchen range, thumbnail

Keeping warm and cooking ...

stoneware hot water bottle

Stone hot water bottles for keeping warm ...