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An & # 39; insect destruction man & # 39; who went around with a sign to promote his work, is captured smiling at the photographer - known only by his initials KY - while being surrounded by children and young men looking back with interest. The seller's sign is: & # 39; Great discovery. Murder extraordinary. Thousands are killed every night. Terrible slaughter of insects, beetles, fleas and flies & # 39;

Barefoot winter boys and food stations preparing to feed the hungry & spontaneous photos reveal life in the poor East End in London in the 1890s

  • Spontaneous photographs show what life was like for men, women and children at the start of the 19th century in London
  • The lively collection brings a world to life that was previously described in the pages of a novel by Dickens of Thackeray
  • They came for sale at Chiswick Auctions, in the west of London, where £ 800 is expected to be collected
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Fascinating photographs capturing the grind of everyday life in the poverty-stricken East End in London at the end of the 19th century bring a city to life vividly, described in the pages of a novel by Dickens or Thackeray.

Barefoot boys in the winter and food stations preparing to feed the hungry reveal the candid pictures of what life was like for men, women and children in a time of social change – when London experienced both growth and decline and migrant communities had long been established.

The candid photos & # 39; s were taken by an unknown photographer with the initials & # 39; KY & # 39; at the turn of the century and harbor workers waiting for work show Jack the Ripper & # 39; s ghost on Dorset Street and towering shipyards along the docks.

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There are also photos of street musicians, factory girls and a boy's brigade, while the cosmopolitan character of the East End is clearly visible with photos of Irish and Jewish communities who live cheek to each other in shared poverty.

The remarkable photos are for sale at Chiswick Auctions where they are expected to reach £ 800.

An & # 39; insect destruction man & # 39; who went around with a sign to promote his work, is captured smiling at the photographer - known only by his initials KY - while being surrounded by children and young men looking back with interest. The seller's sign is: & # 39; Great discovery. Murder extraordinary. Thousands are killed every night. Terrible slaughter of insects, beetles, fleas and flies & # 39;

An & # 39; insect destruction man & # 39; who went around with a sign to promote his work, is captured smiling at the photographer – known only by his initials KY – while being surrounded by children and young men looking back with interest. The seller's sign is: & # 39; Great discovery. Murder extraordinary. Thousands are killed every night. Terrible slaughter of insects, beetles, fleas and flies & # 39;

A knife and scissors sharpener that are were pedaling in a cobblestone street in East London. The trader serves butchers, tailors and restaurant kitchens, operates a pushcart and drove it with a treddle system operated with his foot

A knife and scissors sharpener that are were pedaling in a cobblestone street in East London. The trader serves butchers, tailors and restaurant kitchens, operates a pushcart and drove it with a treddle system operated with his foot

The children in the East End of London are depicted here in a collection that captures the grind of everyday life in the poor East End of London in the late 19th century

The children in the East End of London are depicted here in a collection that captures the grind of everyday life in the poor East End of London in the late 19th century

A knife and scissors-sharpener (photo left) that are were pedaling in a cobblestone street in East London. The trader operated butchers, tailors and restaurant kitchens, controls a hand cart and drove it with a treddle system operated with his foot. On the right, young children bundle together to have their photo taken. The boys wear hats and the girls wear frayed tunics

Working women: factory girls stand outside on paved streets for what seems to be a butcher shop or dinner. The girls wear hats or hats with tunics down to the ankles and overcoats. The remarkable photos are for sale at Chiswick Auctions, West London, where £ 800 is expected to be collected
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Working women: factory girls stand outside on paved streets for what seems to be a butcher shop or dinner. The girls wear hats or hats with tunics down to the ankles and overcoats. The remarkable photos are for sale at Chiswick Auctions, West London, where £ 800 is expected to be collected

Working women: factory girls stand outside on paved streets for what seems to be a butcher shop or dinner. The girls wear hats or hats with tunics down to the ankles and overcoats. The remarkable photos are for sale at Chiswick Auctions, West London, where £ 800 is expected to be collected

Discharge oil into the harbor: shipyard workers drag empty barrels of dock ships into a remarkable image that is remarkable for the metal structures that tower above the men - a century later the emergence of skyscrapers in the same area

Discharge oil into the harbor: shipyard workers drag empty barrels of dock ships into a remarkable image that is remarkable for the metal structures that tower above the men - a century later the emergence of skyscrapers in the same area

Barefoot boys in the winter and food stations preparing to feed the hungry reveal the candid photos of what life was like for men, women and children in a time of social change - when London experienced both growth and decline and migrant communities have long been established

Barefoot boys in the winter and food stations preparing to feed the hungry reveal the candid photos of what life was like for men, women and children in a time of social change - when London experienced both growth and decline and migrant communities have long been established

Shipyards and oil barrels: Shipyard workers drag empty oil barrels from docking ships into a remarkable image that is remarkable for the high metal structures that tower above the men – only a century later the rise of skyscrapers in the same area. On the right, a man serves food and drink for a plate that appears to watch & pray & # 39;

Boys in the Band: The boys' brigade poses for the camera in a fascinating collection of photographs capturing the grind of everyday life in the poor East End of London at the end of the 19th century. The candid photos & # 39; s were taken at the end of 1890 by an unknown photographer with the initials & # 39; KY & # 39;
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Boys in the Band: The boys brigade poses for the camera in a fascinating collection of photos capturing the grind of everyday life in the poor East End of London at the end of the 19th century. The candid photos & # 39; s were taken at the end of 1890 by an unknown photographer with the initials & # 39; KY & # 39;

Boys in the Band: The boys brigade poses for the camera in a fascinating collection of photos capturing the grind of everyday life in the poor East End of London at the end of the 19th century. The candid photos & # 39; s were taken at the end of 1890 by an unknown photographer with the initials & # 39; KY & # 39;

A piece and bone collector

A piece and bone collector

A boy described as an & # 39; inveterate beggar & # 39;

A boy described as an & # 39; inveterate beggar & # 39;

There are also photos of street musicians, factory girls and a boy's brigade, while the cosmopolitan character of the East End is clearly visible with photos of Irish and Jewish communities who live cheek-in-mouth in shared poverty.

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