Vintage photo victorian London street children #history #places #london…

Vintage photo victorian London street children #history #places #london…

'Street Children of Bombay' by Dario Mitidieri. I cannot image one of my children alone on the streets. This breaks me!

'Street Children of Bombay' by Dario Mitidieri. I cannot image one of my children alone on the streets. This breaks me!

Street orphans, Victorian London. Photo from G.F.A. Best's ''Shaftesbury''. UK's government is reducing the standard of living by dismantling the Health Service, reducing/removing Benefits, selling off National assets, and taxing workers to pay more for far less. The fittest will survive, but going backwards isn't progress, and contradicts the concept of civilized society. Those implementing such deprivation are protected by their social and economic position from any ill effects to…

Street orphans, Victorian London. Photo from G.F.A. Best's ''Shaftesbury''. UK's government is reducing the standard of living by dismantling the Health Service, reducing/removing Benefits, selling off National assets, and taxing workers to pay more for far less. The fittest will survive, but going backwards isn't progress, and contradicts the concept of civilized society. Those implementing such deprivation are protected by their social and economic position from any ill effects to…

Adelaide Springett was so ashamed of her tattered boots, she took them off for this 1901 photograph. Adapted from Spitalfields Nippers by Horace Warner, published by Spitalfields Life Books, £20.

Portraits of the Spitalfields Nippers taken by photographer in book

Adelaide Springett was so ashamed of her tattered boots, she took them off for this 1901 photograph. Adapted from Spitalfields Nippers by Horace Warner, published by Spitalfields Life Books, £20.

Spitalfields Nippers - Taken by Horace Warner in 1912 in Spitalfields England, these images of poverty stricken children show the horrible existences they had to endure just to survive.

Spitalfields Nippers - Taken by Horace Warner in 1912 in Spitalfields England, these images of poverty stricken children show the horrible existences they had to endure just to survive.

Horace Warner’s intimate portraits of London’s poorest children in the early 1900s

Spitalfields nippers: London's poorest children in the early 1900s – in pictures

Horace Warner’s intimate portraits of London’s poorest children in the early 1900s

Washing Day, Horace Warner’s photograph of children boiling up hot water for laundry

Washing Day, Horace Warner’s photograph of children boiling up hot water for laundry

Portraits of new arrivals were used as a marker of a child's progress in the Society. Case studies of some children appeared in the newsletter 'Our Waifs and Strays' describing how they had been transformed from a 'potential street loafer' into a productive member of society. These studies were often illustrated with 'before and after' photographs, contrasting their ragged past with their new-found respectability.

Portraits of new arrivals were used as a marker of a child's progress in the Society. Case studies of some children appeared in the newsletter 'Our Waifs and Strays' describing how they had been transformed from a 'potential street loafer' into a productive member of society. These studies were often illustrated with 'before and after' photographs, contrasting their ragged past with their new-found respectability.

Horace Warner’s photograph of the children who lived in the yards beside Quaker St in 1900

Horace Warner’s photograph of the children who lived in the yards beside Quaker St in 1900

“Street Arabs” (the  Victorian Term Used for Homeless/Poor London Children)  Spitalfields c.1890

“Street Arabs” (the Victorian Term Used for Homeless/Poor London Children) Spitalfields c.1890

Rag-and-bone man, with horse and cart, once a common sight on British streets. He would call out Rag n' Bone Rag n' Bone and collect just those things and lived off the proceeds he could sell on. They still exist but now use vans and lorries

Rag-and-bone man, with horse and cart, once a common sight on British streets. He would call out Rag n' Bone Rag n' Bone and collect just those things and lived off the proceeds he could sell on. They still exist but now use vans and lorries

Little is known of Horace Warner and nothing is known of his relationship to the nippers. Only 30 of these pictures survive, out of 240 he took in 1912 of the Spitalfields Nippers, East End London. They originally  accompanied the annual reports of the charitable Bedford Institute, Quaker St, Spitalfields as illustrations of poverty, "but that is not the sum total of these beguiling photographs...spirited images of something more subtle and compelling, the elusive drama of childhood itself."

Little is known of Horace Warner and nothing is known of his relationship to the nippers. Only 30 of these pictures survive, out of 240 he took in 1912 of the Spitalfields Nippers, East End London. They originally accompanied the annual reports of the charitable Bedford Institute, Quaker St, Spitalfields as illustrations of poverty, "but that is not the sum total of these beguiling photographs...spirited images of something more subtle and compelling, the elusive drama of childhood itself."

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