35 Stunning Photos From 1877 That Show What Daily Life Was Like In Victorian London

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These 35 unique photos will certainly give you a clear picture of what people used to do back in the day. The outstanding moments were caught on camera by photojournalist John Thomson in 1877, who managed to portray the daily life of Londoners during Great Britain’s Victorian Era.

The photos can be considered a time capsule and it’s as close as stepping into a time machine as it’s going to get (for now). They offer us a glance in the past and show us what people looked like back then and how they got by, one day at a time.

Although these photos were taken in 1877, some of the things we see here are not that uncommon even in present times, of course, being done with different variations and in a different, more modern way.


Photography on Clapham Common

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The street locksmith

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A convicts home

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The dramatic shoe black

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Convent garden laborers

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The temperance sweep

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Street Doctor

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Street advertising

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Sufferers from the floods in Lambeth

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Donkey for hire on Clapham Common

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Workers on the “silent highway” (boatmen on Thames)

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Dealer in fancy ware (jewelry, imitating gems and ornaments)

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“Tickets”, The Sign Drawer

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“Hookey Alf” of Whitechapel

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Cheap fish of Giles’s

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London cab men

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Mush-Fakers and ginger-beers

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London Nomads

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Covent Garden flower women

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Public disinfection

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The independent shoe black

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“Carey” the clown

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Homeless Woman

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The flying dustmen

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Black Jack

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Cast-Iron Billy (a driver, holding whip)

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The Water-Cart

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The London Board-men

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An old clothes shop, Seven Dials

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Italian street musicians

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The wall-worker

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Street shellfish merchant

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Halfpenny Ices

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November effigies

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Recruiting Sergeants at Westminster

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