The swing's the thing: Fifteen children enjoy a ride in London's Bloomsbury. These delightful images were all captured in the days before the health and safety industry took root, in an age when childhood disease or war represented more pressing threats to a child’s prospects than a game of conkers.
"I miss getting my milk off the doorstep, I miss the glass bottles and putting them back on the doorstep for the milkman.. I miss having to shake them to mix the cream back in and I even miss the blue tits (birds) who would do this!"
Incredible photos reveal London's transformation over 200 years
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.