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Some things are best left in the past though: Victorian public disinfectors sanitize the streets after an outbreak of smallpox (Photo by John Thomson/Getty Images)

Some things are best left in the past though: Victorian public disinfectors sanitize the streets after an outbreak of smallpox (Photo by John Thomson/Getty Images)

A London bus makes its way along Fleet Street in heavy smog, December 1952 - (via luzfosca)    Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

A London bus makes its way along Fleet Street in heavy smog, December 1952 - (via luzfosca) Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

1877 Covent Garden Labourers The photographer John Thomson (1837-1921) used the 'Woodburytype' process patented in 1864 for the images in Street Life in London, including this photograph. This was a type of photomechanical reproduction using pigmented gelatin, usually of a rich purple-brown colour. The process was complicated but remained popular until about 1900 because of the high quality and permanence of the finished images.

Covent Garden Labourers

1877 Covent Garden Labourers The photographer John Thomson (1837-1921) used the 'Woodburytype' process patented in 1864 for the images in Street Life in London, including this photograph. This was a type of photomechanical reproduction using pigmented gelatin, usually of a rich purple-brown colour. The process was complicated but remained popular until about 1900 because of the high quality and permanence of the finished images.

In 1876, John Thompson used the new medium of photography to document the difficulties of urban life in Victorian London, showing a wide range of issues people of the time faced Read more at http://www.iheartchaos.com/post/20468033795/photographs-of-street-life-in-1870s-victorian-london#wUfWyEHw2zDzamKe.99

In 1876, John Thompson used the new medium of photography to document the difficulties of urban life in Victorian London, showing a wide range of issues people of the time faced Read more at http://www.iheartchaos.com/post/20468033795/photographs-of-street-life-in-1870s-victorian-london#wUfWyEHw2zDzamKe.99

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