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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

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Cupboard Shelter, December 1943. A day nursery in the East End of London shelters children in a linen cupboard during an air raid. Some homes had Morrison shelters – a steel table with wire mesh sides - where they took cover during raids whilst others put up Anderson shelters in their gardens. Regular practices were held and schoolchildren were drilled in the use of gas masks.

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Ken Russell's London...The director of Tommy and Women In Love was a freelance photographer before going into films. He lived in west London in the 1950s and made the area around Portobello and its inhabitants a favourite subject.

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During the Blitz, many children were evacuated out of the cities to safer places in the country, these children here, from East London, seemed to be checking out their curious identification labels.

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