Vintage Snapshots: 20th Century London

The holidays are upon us, so I’ll let the pics do most of the talking. These were found across the length and breadth of the Internet. If possible, the area they were taken in is identified, along with the year. The photo above looks like Belgravia or some other area of West London, taken in 1973. But let’s organize this a bit and start chronologically. Oh, and do click on these to enlarge them, old boy.

Old Kent Road, Southwark, 1947. Trams were still running in London, but that would not last much longer.

Not falling down, for once. Postcard taken in the early ’50s.

Soho, West End, 1955.

Constitution Hill, mid-’50s. Nice Jowett Javelin…

Late ’50s — no idea where, to be honest.

Whitehall, late ’50s

East End, early ’60s

Fleur-de-Lys Street, Spitalfields, mid-’60s

The famous Carnaby Street in the mid-’60s, with a very nice Vauxhall wagon.

I’m sure I’ve been there, but I cannot say where this is! Late ’60s photo…

Trafalgar Square, late ’60s

Skoda! Earl’s Court Road, 1968

Pelham Street, South Kensington, 1970

Camelford Road, North Kensington, 1970. Fancy that, a late model Citroen Traction Avant… And a smashed up Jaguar MkX.

Whitechapel, early ’70s. Drawing a blank on convertible. Anyone got any ideas?

Piccadilly Circus, early ’70s. The reign of the Capri is just starting…

Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, 1972

Regent Street, 1975.

West Norwood, Lambeth. First time we’re seeing a Saab.

Trafalgar Square, 1976.

Somewhere in the East End, sometime in the mid-’70s… Only fools and ‘orses live there, guv.

Edison Road in Crouch End, North London, 1976. Orange Beetles, Renault 4s, Cortina — the ’70s outdo themselves.

Piccadilly Circus again, but with a more late ’70s vibe.

The Strand, 1977. Her Maj’ was celebrating her silver jubilee, so some Routemasters were painted like this that year. I recall seeing some golden ones when I visited in 2003.

Haymarket, West End, late ’70s. Is that an AC Invacar hiding behind the ADO16 on the right?

Brixton, circa 1980. Hard to recognize without the burning cars…

Bromley, mid-’80s. Still a lot of British cars in car parks then. By the early ’90s, things were a bit different. But let’s not go there. Let’s end it here instead. See you in a couple days for another destination!