Lost London: The Photos of David Granick

These are some Kodachrome slides from over 3,000 taken by David Granick. They were all taken in East London, from 1960-1975.

This is just how I remember it from my youth. They need no captions, but the view of Tower Bridge includes sailing barges, which were still working on the river in 1960.

45 thoughts on “Lost London: The Photos of David Granick

  1. I use old photos routinely when I am doing genealogy(after the advent of cameras of course!) Nothing else can really convey how things once looked. The bombing in London can really only be taken in with photos I think.

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    1. The thing I like about these colour slides is that they are relatively ‘modern’. Some were taken in 1975. It shows how little London had changed by the mid-1970s.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Men like him were found all over London, Cheryl. Salvage of paper and cardboard, scrap metal, anything they could sell. That photo is from 1975, so relatively ‘modern’.
      Best wishes, Pete. x

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  2. These are terrific Pete…a different time to be sure, but here in LA, things are torn down after ten years and the new structures have no “soul” at all…these seem infused with history and “soul”

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    1. At the time, those places hadn’t changed since Queen Victoria was on the throne. The East London we knew and loved. Mostly gone now.
      The Kodachrome slide photos are luscious. So much more evocative than anything digital.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. They were small streets in a very crowded inner-city area, GP.
      But the streets had been there since the late 1500s. No traffic in those days to worry about, only people walking, and horses.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. Ha ha. I still have mental images of that time in my head. It’s too sad to go back and see what’s been done to it. I just go back once a year to my grandmother’s grave, and that’s it.

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        1. I have not been back for years now, and unless I win the lottery and buy a riverside flat next to Tower Bridge for occasional visits, I doubt I will ever see ‘my city’ again.
          Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. I remember those barges…and the rag and bone man. We had coal delivered through a hole in the pavement and we had a milkman. I remember also the bomb sites and going up to the Round Pond to catch tiddlers.

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  4. Looking back…
    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

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