NYC. Manhattan. Times Square, ca.1954. Photographs reveal forgotten Manchester and Salford slums. Image copyright Shirley Baker Photographs taken at the time of Manchester and Salford's post-war inner-city clearance programmes have gone on show.
Photographer Shirley Baker died in 2014 aged 82, leaving behind a body of work that had received little attention over her 55-year career. An exhibition of her images is now on show at Manchester Art Gallery. It focuses on what Baker saw as the needless destruction of working-class communities between the 1960s and 80s. The museum held an open day in the hope of tracking down people who featured in the photographs, some of whom have come forward.
Baker's images often show families going about their daily lives, with gangs of children playing in the street. Broken urban landscapes of rubble, junk and abandoned shops also feature widely, at a time when dilapidated old houses were being bulldozed. Many hundreds of homes fell into disrepair in the post-war era - sometimes due to bomb damage - forcing some families to leave for new areas. Old Vic Theatre on the corner of The Cut and Waterloo Road, November 1950. PHOTO OF THE DAY: A dogfight between British and German planes rages over the Houses of Parliament (1940). Marilyn Monroe and James Dean smoking in New York City. From ''Another London'' - photography exhibition, Tate Britain, London. Waiting for the bus on a rainy night, London, 1960.
Construction of Sydney Harbour Bridge, January 1930. Eiffel Tower under construction, 1887. Pigs crossing Camden Road, London, August 193. Sunday Morning in Oldham in 1946. Postpone lunch the gas holders empty. Greenwich Pier, London, 1888. This is what Pittsburgh looked like back in the heyday of coal. We're celebrating the first ever #LondonHistoryDay with this 1938 image of a #postman walking across a famous London's square.Can you guess? *****A rare colour image (c.1943) of the John Lewis site on Oxford Street, #London after it was bombed. Photograph by Ted Dearberg. Hollywood, 1959. PHOTO OF THE DAY. The famous "Milkman in the Blitz". It was a staged photo used for British WW2 propaganda. (fake news)
Edinburgh, 1942. By Bill Brandt. PHOTO OF THE DAY: A couple embrace near the Arc de Triomphe (1960) July 1936 and SR transports stock via rail to #Woolworths stores nationwide. #S.R. Southern Railway Magazine Vol XIV No.163. *****A pic of Singapore marina bay in 1958, digitised from holiday slides of a friend who visited that year. What a difference 59 years makes. A young man reads a book outside a bombed book shop in London (1940). Holding up traffic in the Aldwych, London, 1928. A picture of a crowd in New York, 1930 and there is not one unhatted head. Man in the Rain, New York City, 1952. By Ruth Orkin. PHOTO OF THE DAY: A Muffin Man in London (1910) PHOTO OF THE DAY: A London gas lamplighter (1962). @simongerman600 This aerial photography of Berlin in 1953 and 2016 provides some detail on what happened since then. *****Before alarm clocks: PHOTO OF THE DAY: A 'Knocker Up". He was paid to wake people up in the morning (1900).
View from the top on the opening day of the Empire State Building, 1931. *****In 1647 the #RoyalMile was the backbone of #Edinburgh. It's just been voted 2nd prettiest street in the UK #maps. View of Midtown Manhattan, 1939 by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Gorgeous view of #Manhattan in 1944 (HT @sarasheridan) when pop was 1.9m. Today only 1.7m as residents were pressured off the island. Rapid growth of #Shanghai over the last 23 years. Wonderful animation. The construction of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. 1887-1889. COLLAGE - The London Picture Archive. London fog, 1947. Westminster Abbey. Photograph by Anthony Linck & Hans Wild.
Cairo 1916. Robert Frank #photography Caerau, Wales, 1951. London Bridge being dismantled before being relocated in Arizona. 1967. #oldlondon. S.T. Abbott Ltd built Hallets car/bike showroom and petrol station in 1952, Station Road West, Canterbury #celebrating70years. Winter in Paris, 1948. By Dmitri Kessel. London, June 1922 traffic. PHOTO OF THE DAY. A couple walk through the burning streets of Berlin in the last days of WW2. BBC Broadcasting House under construction, 1929. Times Square 1944. Children dancing in the streets of New York, 1940. Photograph by Helen Levitt. Grand Central Station, New Years Eve, 1969. Winter in Times Square, 1947.
Times Square, New York City, 1955. Heathrow before the Airport, c. 1930s. May 1st, 1931. The Empire State building is dedicated in NYC. Here's a cool construction photo of the building. Ten incredible cities which have changed beyond recognition. Warsaw, 1946. Stratford: then and now - Stratford before the Olympics - Time Out London. It cost £9 billion to bring the Olympic Games to Stratford, and despite years of public apprehension, London’s reaction was unanimous and emphatic: it was so worth it.
With the Games long since over and the Olympic site in full-on Legacy Mode, we thought it was high time we took a closer look at how those Olympic millions have turned one of London’s most deprived areas into a shiny new postcode to be proud of. Drag the slider handles from side to side to compare old and new, and share your favourite Stratford memories in the comments box below. 'Fridge Mountain', 2006 In pre-Olympic times, Stratford’s 20-foot tall ‘Fridge Mountain’ was one of the area’s most iconic eyesores. Believed to be the biggest collection of discarded white goods in Europe, the pile was the first thing to be shifted when the clean-up started. Waterworks River, 2005 You’d probably still think twice about taking a swim in them, but Startford’s waterways have benefited hugely from Olympic regeneration. Laundry, New York c. 1934. Brick Lane exposed: a 1980s view of east London – in pictures. Extreme #changingplaces !
Clint Eastwood. The First Air Show at the Grand Palais - Paris 1909. Evolution of New York's Skyline since 1876. Painters hang from suspended wires on the Brooklyn Bridge October 7, 1914 / 31 years after it first opened. Workers atop the Woolworth Building, New York, 1926. Times Square, D-Day, 1944. (colorized) A model wearing Dior on the banks of the Seine, Paris, 1948. #OTD 1950: Can British Electricity keep up with demand? The tension in this clip is unbearable! Old And Modern London, Side By Side. M@ Old And Modern London, Side By Side 'Then and now' comparisons of London are nothing new, but photographer 'Roll the Dice' brings both quantity and quality — and a certain amount of inventiveness — to the genre.
He recreates not only old photographs of the capital, but also seeks out locations from music videos, classic sitcoms, and forgotten films. His archive now contains hundreds of comparison shots from both central London and the suburbs. He's kindly shared these with us in the Londonist Flickr pool, and we're delighted to pick out a few highlights for your perusal. These and many other shots, plus some superior street photography, can be viewed on Roll the Dice's Flickr stream, and at a larger size than we can fit in our column.
Female road sweepers cleaning the streets of Liverpool as the men are away fighting. 21st March 1916. Victoria Station London 1950. Charlotte Place. 1965. #oldlondon. American family living in a shanty, circa 1930's. St Hilda's East - The Story of a Community. The assembly line of Porsche 911's at the Stuttgart factory. 1970. Air pollution in Pittsburgh, 1940. *****Chester in the 1920's vs 2017. Bomb Drill. New York's Times Square on a rainy day in March, 1943. This is a grotty card but it was the only one in the shop. Westminster Bridge, 14 January 1955. The smallest shop in London, c. 1900. Aerial View of New York City, 1951. New York City, 1953. Summer, 1976.. London. Baby cages designed for toddlers that lived in apartment buildings to get enough fresh air, 1939. These candid shots of Japan, reveal everyday life in 1908.
Building Times Square, 1903. The modern world in old Ladybirds, part 123. London skyline, 1968. #RobertAyton. The difference 40 years can make! We Know What The Country Looks Like Without The EPA: Filthy. Las Vegas, 1959. New York City, 1971. New York City, ca. 1958. New York City, ca. 1958. New York, 1957. Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart. Vertical parking lot in Chicago, 1932. The Ghosts of World War II. Taking old World War II photos, Russian photographer Sergey Larenkov carefully photoshops them over more recent shots to make the past come alive.
Not only do we get to experience places like Berlin, Prague, and Vienna in ways we could have never imagined, more importantly, we are able to appreciate our shared history in a whole new and unbelievably meaningful way. When L.A. Was Empty: Wide-Open SoCal Landscapes. It's Raining in 1943 New York City. New York City, 1971. Such is life.