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Street scene in Poplar 1912 (note the bills advertising the Poplar theatres -- Queens and Hippodrome). From The British Century by Brian Moynahan. www.bkduncan.com

from Mail Online

300,000 babies stolen from their parents - and sold for adoption: Haunting BBC documentary exposes 50-year scandal of baby trafficking by the Catholic church in Spain

Up to 300,000 Spanish babies, 150,000 Australian babies and 150,00 English babies and kids were stolen by the Catholic church and sold for adoption over a period of five decades. Several mothers say they were told their first-born children had died during or soon after they gave birth. But the women, often young and unmarried, were told they could not see the body of the infant or attend their burial. In reality, the babies were sold to childless couples.

A Rare Color Photograph of a London Street in 1900 (via London in 1901 - the End of the Victorian Era) This is Cheapside in the city of London. The statue is of Sir Robert Peel. The statue was erected in 1855 and it was removed in the 1930s due to road changes. It ended up outside The Peel Centre at Hendon Police Training College where it still stands but it may be on the move again as they have sold off part of the training college and the Peel Centre and may be demolished. Thanks Len!

from The Library Time Machine

Dark City: London in the 30s

Dark City: London in the 30s Pictures from London Night – John Morrison and Harold Burked in 1934

"Viewing" from the parlor window, or any window that mourners could pass by easily, was common if the house was quarantined.

the balconies of the tenements of queen mary’s buildings in stillington street, victoria, made a natural theatre for a performance of a westminster city council’s holidays at home show for children in summer, 1953 photographer unknown, from london. portrait of a city.