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Take a trip
on 27 December 2011
Following the phenomenal success of the previous Lost London, comes a big and even more immersive successor. (There have been some exhibitions in between too, which passed me by completely, and mysteriously.) As you might guess from the title this is a bigger book and it's in landscape rather than portrait format. So, even more than its predecessor, it's as close to a time-travelling virtual-reality tour of Edwardian London as you could hope for - all unvarnished reality, fog and horse dung. And shop signs and posters and adverts a-go-go! The larger and sharper (and tweaked?) photos give us even more joy of lettering this time. Edwardian London really was a place where the walls and windows shouted at you, almost all the time it seems. There's many a mystery here, like what did all the purveyors of horse feed and bedding do when the use of horses so rapidly declined, why don't you get peacock feather shops anymore, and why did R. White's stop making their clove flavour drink? Personal pleasures include two photos of Broadway Market, around the corner from where I was born 50-odd years later, and a truly grimy shop in Pitfield Street, near where I lived and very near where I worked, for years. But there's really fascination and revelation on every page.
NB This book duplicates (in larger format) 180 photos from the previous volume, adding 100 new ones.