In April, May and June 1961, American tourist Charles Weever Cushman (July 30, 1896-June 8, 1972) took these photographs of life in London. On holiday with his first wife, Jean, this extraordinary amateur photographer captured street scenes and buildings no longer commonplace in London.
Shepherd’s Bush Market, West London.
St Pancras Station, Camden. Now renamed St Pancras International, this Gothic revival station was built in 1868.
Christ Church, Greyfriars. Located in King Edward Street, EC1 the ruins in the foreground are unrepaired war damage.
Shepherd Market, Mayfair. Now an expensive and upmarket area, it was formerly known as an area for prostitution.
The Old Curiosity Shop, Portsmouth Street, WC2. It has long been suggested that this shop, one of the oldest remaining Tudor buildings in London, was the inspiration for the novel of the same name by Charles Dickens. However, there is no proof of that. (It is still there today.)
Market Stall in New Goulston Street, London E1.
Bell Lane, E1. I suspect he wanted to photograph the very smart black lady.
Aldgate, E1. A street salesman selling from the back of his van. He is trying to attract a crowd by standing on the roof of it.
Petticoat Lane Market, E1. Charles cleverly found a stall actually selling petticoats!
Another colourful stall in the same market.
Smart soldiers of the Household Division stand guard outside St James’s Palace, SW1.
Smithfield Meat Market, EC1. Porters unload lamb from a delivery van.
Leicester Square, WC2. This area is home to many top-class cinemas, and old-school buskers would get in position to entertain the crowds waiting for films to start.
The Jaeger store on London’s Regent Street, W1. I believe that Charles wanted to photograph the man wearing a bowler hat.
Piccadilly Circus, W1. Much the same today, though the advertising signs have changed.
I am very grateful to Charles for leaving behind this legacy of old London in colour, and for providing some great nostalgic pleasure for me.