London In 1911: Lantern Slides

A collection of four thousand lantern slides was discovered in Bishopsgate. They were once used in lectures by the London & Middlesex Archaeological Society. Here are some examples from that vast archive of 1911.

The Tower of London, flooded by the River Thames.

Lightermen working on the river, towing barges.

A tea break for some London Firemen.

The Old Dick Whittington. A pub in Smithfield.

The Anchor Pub, Bankside. That is still trading.

Inside the dome at the very top of St Paul’s Cathedral.

A barber’s shop in Fleet Street, with a very historical claim to fame.

A Chelsea Pensioner from The Royal Hospital.

Outside Euston Railway Station.

The Reading Room at The British Museum.

34 thoughts on “London In 1911: Lantern Slides

  1. (1) Had the Tower of London been permanently flooded by the River Thames, and cut off from the rest of London, it could have been converted into the Lighthouse of London.
    (2) The Lightermen could have been employed by the Lighthouse of London… (Personally, I think this would have been a bright idea.)
    (3) In the absence of a nearby fire hydrant, the firemen can simply throw cups of tea on a blazing inferno.
    (4) I assume patrons of the Old Dick were elderly gentlemen?
    (5) “Three cheers for Anchor Management!” (A. Sandler, J. Nicholson, and M. Tomei)
    (6) Wasn’t “Inside the Dome” the original title of “Fantastic Voyage?”
    (7a) Henry VIII tried to acquire the barber’s skills, but instead of giving his wives a haircut, he ended up decapitating them…
    (7b) When it came to evading the police, Sweeney Todd was fleet-footed.
    (8) The Royal Hospital considered kings and queens to be a royal pain. They were insufferable!
    (9) Did you hear about the runaway train? The conductor contacted the station: “Euston, we have a problem!”
    (10) The people in the Reading Room are boning up on railroad valuations before engaging in a game of Monopoly.

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