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in front of the Westfield Hotel, Clarence Parade, Southsea near Portsmouth, Hampshire in 1956

The States had the Rockers - Levi's, t-shirts, switchblades, pompadours. The Brits had the Teddy Boys - Edwardian drape coats, brothel creepers, razors blades, and quiffs.

Teddy Boys at the Fairground off the Lea Bridge Road,  Leyton,  London in  January 1955.

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Teddy Boys or Edwardians however, first began to appear in the early 1950's on the streets of South and West London after the style had become adopted by working class youths.

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A group of Teddy boys find themselves with nowhere to go and hang around on the Old Kent Road at Elephant and Castle, South London, 13th July 1955.

American influence on European teenagers was huge. Rock and Roll idols including Elvis Presley, Bill Hayley, Jerry Lee Lewis and film stars James Dean and Marlon Brando set fashions almost unwittingly. The main looks for teenagers were greasers and preppies. Teddy Boys, quiffs, Brylcreem, poodle skirts and blue suede shoes.

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Roger Mayne | 'Teddy Boy and Girl, Petticoat Lane' 1957. Looking at this couple, I just want to know what they were thinking, where were they going…what were their dreams? It's fascinating. #photography