In Cloth Fair, next to Smithfield Market 1882. This is amazing. Movie sets and carefully staged era photographs seldom communicate how dirty things had to be in cities back then. The smoke and dung and coal everywhere...the crooked houses, how cramped it all had to be. These pictures are fuel for my mind whenever I read historic fiction. It wasn't Jane Austin movies. It was this.
Sign for the “City Provident Dispensary & Surgical Appliance Association” at 164 Aldersgate St. Founded in 1872, it supplied medical devices to the poor cheaply by selling benefactors’ tickets, taking whatever payment patients could afford and extending credit, without the need for letters of introduction (unlike the Truss, National Truss, Rupture and Surgical Aid Societies). (Photo by Henry Dixon, 1879)