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Vanishing London: The Places. The People. The Stories Hardcover – 1 Sep 2011
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About the Author
Paul Joseph is a journalist and writer. He is the author of When Football was Football - Arsenal, an illustrated history of the club, and has helped produce lavish, large-format books on New York, Pink Floyd, Pele and luxury yachts. He is also Chief Editor for Alinghi 10, a celebration of the Swiss yacht racing team's 10-year anniversary. His crowning moment has been travelling across Brazil to track down the iconic World Cup-winners of 1970 - a journey that spawned a 5-page feature in the Independent newspaper. Born and bred in the capital, he lives in north London.
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Joseph takes a subject approach to London history, dividing his material into chapters such as 'Majestic Metropolis: Public Buildings and Spaces,' 'Working London: Trade and Industry,' 'Kinetic London: Transport,' 'City in Ruins: War and Destruction,' 'Milestone Moments: Significant Events' and so on. Chapters range in length from 16 to 40 pages pages and feature informed commentary on the ever-changing metropolis along with well-captioned photographs from the Mirrorpix archives.
Among the evocative images to be found in Joseph's book are pix of Waterloo Bridge circa 1925, the Caledonian Market, London smog, Pearly Kings and Queens, London's last trolleybus, VE-Day celebrations, Buckingham Palace, the Sidney Street siege, children in a Trafalgar Square fountain circa 1926, schoolboys playing conkers, London Mods, Croydon Airport, a London chimneysweep, Euston Station, the bomb-damaged Guildhall, Leicester Square's Empire Cinema, Foyles bookshop, a bowler-hatted gentleman walking down a London street, Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, post-WW II barges on the Thames and many more.
In short, I enjoyed VANISHING LONDON tremendously. It's a grand travel guide and tribute to bygone times. Recommended.