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Larry Barnes ( May 16th 1926 – July 2nd 2011), late Pearly King of Thornton Heath and one of Variety Theatre’s last specialist acts.

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Larry Barnes ( May 16th 1926 – July 2nd 2011), late Pearly King of Thornton Heath and one of Variety Theatre’s last specialist acts.

Buttons tree, notice how the buttons go from light to dark to creat perspective.

Buttons tree, notice how the buttons go from light to dark to creat perspective.

#buttons "Pearly Kings and Queens, known as pearlies, are an organised charitable tradition of working class culture in London, England. The practice of wearing clothes decorated with pearl buttons originated in the 19th century. It is first associated with Henry Croft, an orphan street sweeper who collected money for charity. In 1911 an organised pearly society was formed in Finchley, north London. Each group is associated with a church in central London and works to raise money for…

#buttons "Pearly Kings and Queens, known as pearlies, are an organised charitable tradition of working class culture in London, England. The practice of wearing clothes decorated with pearl buttons originated in the 19th century. It is first associated with Henry Croft, an orphan street sweeper who collected money for charity. In 1911 an organised pearly society was formed in Finchley, north London. Each group is associated with a church in central London and works to raise money for…

Pearly Queen  La tradition londonienne des “Pearly Kings and Queens” a commencé en 1875, quand Henry Croft, un garçon âgé de 13 ans, décida d’aider les gens dans le besoin en attirant l’attention sur lui. Pour cela, il fabriqua un costume totalement recouvert de boutons en formes de perles  Pour recueillir davantage d’argent, Henry eut l’idée de demander à ses amis de porter le même type de costume que lui. Ainsi, « The Pearly Family » était née.

Pearly Queen La tradition londonienne des “Pearly Kings and Queens” a commencé en 1875, quand Henry Croft, un garçon âgé de 13 ans, décida d’aider les gens dans le besoin en attirant l’attention sur lui. Pour cela, il fabriqua un costume totalement recouvert de boutons en formes de perles Pour recueillir davantage d’argent, Henry eut l’idée de demander à ses amis de porter le même type de costume que lui. Ainsi, « The Pearly Family » était née.

Pearly Kings and Queens #11

Pearly Kings and Queens #11

#Peckham Pearly King London Pearlies - According to legend, it began when a Japanese ship carrying a cargo of pearl buttons floundered in the Thames. The buttons washed up on the banks and were gathered by locals who stitched them to their clothes.

#Peckham Pearly King London Pearlies - According to legend, it began when a Japanese ship carrying a cargo of pearl buttons floundered in the Thames. The buttons washed up on the banks and were gathered by locals who stitched them to their clothes.

Pearly Kings and Queens - My sister and I dressed up like this when we were little.

Pearly Kings and Queens - My sister and I dressed up like this when we were little.

~ the Pearly King of Mile End looking resplendent at Guildhall ~ pearl buttons decorate the clothes of these charitable organizations ~

~ the Pearly King of Mile End looking resplendent at Guildhall ~ pearl buttons decorate the clothes of these charitable organizations ~

baby pearly king 1926 Pearly Kings and Queens, known as pearlies, are an organised charitable tradition of working class culture in London, England.

baby pearly king 1926 Pearly Kings and Queens, known as pearlies, are an organised charitable tradition of working class culture in London, England.

Another "Smother Suit"      Outfits holding tens of thousands of buttons, weighing up to 30kgs(66lbs) are called "Smother Suits".

Another "Smother Suit" Outfits holding tens of thousands of buttons, weighing up to 30kgs(66lbs) are called "Smother Suits".