Thursday, July 17, 2014

Images of London in 1895

The year got off to a chilly start with the Great Frost of 1895. The lowest temperature (−27.2°C) ever recorded in the U.K. was recorded on February 11th of that year. Sadly, Oscar Wilde went to prison that year. Not all was doom and gloom: the first women's national sporting association was founded, the All England Women's Hockey Association, and an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts and other events, called the Proms, became an annual tradition that year. Circuses and menageries filled the streets, making for some lovely pictures. Enjoy!

Skating on the pond at St. James Park (1895)
The Frozen Thames (1895)
The Smithfield Meat Market (1895)
Waiting for the Prince Regent on St George Street (1895)
Print (circa 1895) of elegant ladies in a restaurant.
Is this the Dorothy Restaurant?
The Lord Mayor at Clapham Junction (1895)
London Docks (1895)
Leadenhall St. (1895)
Irene Vanbrugh as Gwendolen Fairfax
('The Importance of Being Earnest'),
by Alfred Ellis, publicity photograph
from the first production, London, 1895.
Hawaii's Princess Ka'iulani in London (1895)
Harry Houdini and the London Circus (1895)
Women's Football team in bright red uniforms (1895)
A lion in the London Zoological Garden (1895)
Blackheath Hockey Club (1895)
Blackwall Tunnel under construction (1895)
"Lionel Walter Rothschild with his famed zebra carriage,
which he frequently drove through London." (1895)
Albumen print cabinet card (1895) More...
Earl's Court Exhibition Ground,
Kensington, The Great Wheel (1895)
Dancing Bear (1895)
Day's Menagerie, Oxford St Giles Fair (1895)
Don't forget to check out Images of London in 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, and 1894.

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  1. These are so cool, the photo of the Hawaiian princess is my favorite.

    1. I like the one that looks like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde best of all. :)

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