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The Battle Of Britain In Photos: 70 Years Ago Today Germany Attacked In A Blitz

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SEVENTY years ago today, the Germans began to bomb London. Today, 2,500 people packed into St Paul’s Cathedral to remember the Blitz and the spirit, luck and lack of options that saw Londoners survive.

The service remembered all those who contributed during the Battle of Britain with former pilots and other military personnel standing alongside firefighters, nurses and ambulance workers from the era.

There are millions of stories. On a personal note, my grandfather was a fireman in the East End. When I was young, he told me that he had rung the bell on the truck. It seemed romantic. When I was older he never told me what he really did. His sister told me. Not everyone wants to tell their story – but the story must be told…

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A city girl worker still smiling after being rescued from a London building just wrecked by a bomb dropped by a daylight German Luftwaffe raid.

  • coolandcalm

    Anorak… where did you get the pics from? Currently researching from this era and these are brilliant for the feel of the era…..

  • The Press Association. Look at them all. I had a tricky time putting them in order – each seems better then the next…

  • John Blake

    Photo No.5 showing a bus in a crater in BALHAM HIGH STREET brings back memories to me. I lived in Balham when I was a very young boy in the 50s and can remember knowing about the bus ending-up in a large hole after a bombing raid.
    This photo brings back memories because I can see the railway bridge that crosses the road and Balham tube station where I often bought copies of the kids magazines Beano and Dandy to read( and for the “free” gifts )that were often placed inside them.
    This photo along the high street is also very close to the ABC cinema where I went on a Saturday morning with loads of other kids and paid sixpence to watch Roy Rogers and Trigger, Flash Gordon, and Laurel and Hardy who made you laugh your head-off ! On the right-hand side of the photo are shops, and in later years one became a clothing shop that was mentioned in the very popular comedy series on the BBC called “Only Fools and Horses”. The shop that Del Boy would sometimes mention was called Sol Brothers. |Just a small shop but it became famous due to the success of the comedy.
    Good old Balham! Often said to be the “Gateway to the South” Blakey on Anorak back in the 50s lived little more than a stones-throw from Balham tube. Great days and memories.

  • coolandcalm

    I’ve looked. My favourite for ‘the feel of the war’ is the family in the Anderson Shelter. I also like number 1 as that gives me the clothes and shoes. If it wasn’t for the helmets it could be a scene from 9/11.

  • coolandcalm

    Anorak… where did you get the pics from? Currently researching from this era and these are brilliant for the feel of the era…..

  • The Press Association. Look at them all. I had a tricky time putting them in order – each seems better then the next…

  • John Blake

    Photo No.5 showing a bus in a crater in BALHAM HIGH STREET brings back memories to me. I lived in Balham when I was a very young boy in the 50s and can remember knowing about the bus ending-up in a large hole after a bombing raid.
    This photo brings back memories because I can see the railway bridge that crosses the road and Balham tube station where I often bought copies of the kids magazines Beano and Dandy to read( and for the “free” gifts )that were often placed inside them.
    This photo along the high street is also very close to the ABC cinema where I went on a Saturday morning with loads of other kids and paid sixpence to watch Roy Rogers and Trigger, Flash Gordon, and Laurel and Hardy who made you laugh your head-off ! On the right-hand side of the photo are shops, and in later years one became a clothing shop that was mentioned in the very popular comedy series on the BBC called “Only Fools and Horses”. The shop that Del Boy would sometimes mention was called Sol Brothers. |Just a small shop but it became famous due to the success of the comedy.
    Good old Balham! Often said to be the “Gateway to the South” Blakey on Anorak back in the 50s lived little more than a stones-throw from Balham tube. Great days and memories.

  • coolandcalm

    I’ve looked. My favourite for ‘the feel of the war’ is the family in the Anderson Shelter. I also like number 1 as that gives me the clothes and shoes. If it wasn’t for the helmets it could be a scene from 9/11.

  • coolandcalm

    Anorak… where did you get the pics from? Currently researching from this era and these are brilliant for the feel of the era…..

  • The Press Association. Look at them all. I had a tricky time putting them in order – each seems better then the next…

  • John Blake

    Photo No.5 showing a bus in a crater in BALHAM HIGH STREET brings back memories to me. I lived in Balham when I was a very young boy in the 50s and can remember knowing about the bus ending-up in a large hole after a bombing raid.
    This photo brings back memories because I can see the railway bridge that crosses the road and Balham tube station where I often bought copies of the kids magazines Beano and Dandy to read( and for the “free” gifts )that were often placed inside them.
    This photo along the high street is also very close to the ABC cinema where I went on a Saturday morning with loads of other kids and paid sixpence to watch Roy Rogers and Trigger, Flash Gordon, and Laurel and Hardy who made you laugh your head-off ! On the right-hand side of the photo are shops, and in later years one became a clothing shop that was mentioned in the very popular comedy series on the BBC called “Only Fools and Horses”. The shop that Del Boy would sometimes mention was called Sol Brothers. |Just a small shop but it became famous due to the success of the comedy.
    Good old Balham! Often said to be the “Gateway to the South” Blakey on Anorak back in the 50s lived little more than a stones-throw from Balham tube. Great days and memories.

  • coolandcalm

    I’ve looked. My favourite for ‘the feel of the war’ is the family in the Anderson Shelter. I also like number 1 as that gives me the clothes and shoes. If it wasn’t for the helmets it could be a scene from 9/11.

  • coolandcalm

    Anorak… where did you get the pics from? Currently researching from this era and these are brilliant for the feel of the era…..

  • The Press Association. Look at them all. I had a tricky time putting them in order – each seems better then the next…

  • John Blake

    Photo No.5 showing a bus in a crater in BALHAM HIGH STREET brings back memories to me. I lived in Balham when I was a very young boy in the 50s and can remember knowing about the bus ending-up in a large hole after a bombing raid.
    This photo brings back memories because I can see the railway bridge that crosses the road and Balham tube station where I often bought copies of the kids magazines Beano and Dandy to read( and for the “free” gifts )that were often placed inside them.
    This photo along the high street is also very close to the ABC cinema where I went on a Saturday morning with loads of other kids and paid sixpence to watch Roy Rogers and Trigger, Flash Gordon, and Laurel and Hardy who made you laugh your head-off ! On the right-hand side of the photo are shops, and in later years one became a clothing shop that was mentioned in the very popular comedy series on the BBC called “Only Fools and Horses”. The shop that Del Boy would sometimes mention was called Sol Brothers. |Just a small shop but it became famous due to the success of the comedy.
    Good old Balham! Often said to be the “Gateway to the South” Blakey on Anorak back in the 50s lived little more than a stones-throw from Balham tube. Great days and memories.

  • coolandcalm

    I’ve looked. My favourite for ‘the feel of the war’ is the family in the Anderson Shelter. I also like number 1 as that gives me the clothes and shoes. If it wasn’t for the helmets it could be a scene from 9/11.

  • coolandcalm

    Anorak… where did you get the pics from? Currently researching from this era and these are brilliant for the feel of the era…..

  • The Press Association. Look at them all. I had a tricky time putting them in order – each seems better then the next…

  • John Blake

    Photo No.5 showing a bus in a crater in BALHAM HIGH STREET brings back memories to me. I lived in Balham when I was a very young boy in the 50s and can remember knowing about the bus ending-up in a large hole after a bombing raid.
    This photo brings back memories because I can see the railway bridge that crosses the road and Balham tube station where I often bought copies of the kids magazines Beano and Dandy to read( and for the “free” gifts )that were often placed inside them.
    This photo along the high street is also very close to the ABC cinema where I went on a Saturday morning with loads of other kids and paid sixpence to watch Roy Rogers and Trigger, Flash Gordon, and Laurel and Hardy who made you laugh your head-off ! On the right-hand side of the photo are shops, and in later years one became a clothing shop that was mentioned in the very popular comedy series on the BBC called “Only Fools and Horses”. The shop that Del Boy would sometimes mention was called Sol Brothers. |Just a small shop but it became famous due to the success of the comedy.
    Good old Balham! Often said to be the “Gateway to the South” Blakey on Anorak back in the 50s lived little more than a stones-throw from Balham tube. Great days and memories.

  • coolandcalm

    I’ve looked. My favourite for ‘the feel of the war’ is the family in the Anderson Shelter. I also like number 1 as that gives me the clothes and shoes. If it wasn’t for the helmets it could be a scene from 9/11.

  • coolandcalm

    Anorak… where did you get the pics from? Currently researching from this era and these are brilliant for the feel of the era…..

  • The Press Association. Look at them all. I had a tricky time putting them in order – each seems better then the next…

  • John Blake

    Photo No.5 showing a bus in a crater in BALHAM HIGH STREET brings back memories to me. I lived in Balham when I was a very young boy in the 50s and can remember knowing about the bus ending-up in a large hole after a bombing raid.
    This photo brings back memories because I can see the railway bridge that crosses the road and Balham tube station where I often bought copies of the kids magazines Beano and Dandy to read( and for the “free” gifts )that were often placed inside them.
    This photo along the high street is also very close to the ABC cinema where I went on a Saturday morning with loads of other kids and paid sixpence to watch Roy Rogers and Trigger, Flash Gordon, and Laurel and Hardy who made you laugh your head-off ! On the right-hand side of the photo are shops, and in later years one became a clothing shop that was mentioned in the very popular comedy series on the BBC called “Only Fools and Horses”. The shop that Del Boy would sometimes mention was called Sol Brothers. |Just a small shop but it became famous due to the success of the comedy.
    Good old Balham! Often said to be the “Gateway to the South” Blakey on Anorak back in the 50s lived little more than a stones-throw from Balham tube. Great days and memories.

  • coolandcalm

    I’ve looked. My favourite for ‘the feel of the war’ is the family in the Anderson Shelter. I also like number 1 as that gives me the clothes and shoes. If it wasn’t for the helmets it could be a scene from 9/11.

  • coolandcalm

    Anorak… where did you get the pics from? Currently researching from this era and these are brilliant for the feel of the era…..

  • The Press Association. Look at them all. I had a tricky time putting them in order – each seems better then the next…

  • John Blake

    Photo No.5 showing a bus in a crater in BALHAM HIGH STREET brings back memories to me. I lived in Balham when I was a very young boy in the 50s and can remember knowing about the bus ending-up in a large hole after a bombing raid.
    This photo brings back memories because I can see the railway bridge that crosses the road and Balham tube station where I often bought copies of the kids magazines Beano and Dandy to read( and for the “free” gifts )that were often placed inside them.
    This photo along the high street is also very close to the ABC cinema where I went on a Saturday morning with loads of other kids and paid sixpence to watch Roy Rogers and Trigger, Flash Gordon, and Laurel and Hardy who made you laugh your head-off ! On the right-hand side of the photo are shops, and in later years one became a clothing shop that was mentioned in the very popular comedy series on the BBC called “Only Fools and Horses”. The shop that Del Boy would sometimes mention was called Sol Brothers. |Just a small shop but it became famous due to the success of the comedy.
    Good old Balham! Often said to be the “Gateway to the South” Blakey on Anorak back in the 50s lived little more than a stones-throw from Balham tube. Great days and memories.

  • coolandcalm

    I’ve looked. My favourite for ‘the feel of the war’ is the family in the Anderson Shelter. I also like number 1 as that gives me the clothes and shoes. If it wasn’t for the helmets it could be a scene from 9/11.

  • coolandcalm

    Anorak… where did you get the pics from? Currently researching from this era and these are brilliant for the feel of the era…..

  • The Press Association. Look at them all. I had a tricky time putting them in order – each seems better then the next…

  • John Blake

    Photo No.5 showing a bus in a crater in BALHAM HIGH STREET brings back memories to me. I lived in Balham when I was a very young boy in the 50s and can remember knowing about the bus ending-up in a large hole after a bombing raid.
    This photo brings back memories because I can see the railway bridge that crosses the road and Balham tube station where I often bought copies of the kids magazines Beano and Dandy to read( and for the “free” gifts )that were often placed inside them.
    This photo along the high street is also very close to the ABC cinema where I went on a Saturday morning with loads of other kids and paid sixpence to watch Roy Rogers and Trigger, Flash Gordon, and Laurel and Hardy who made you laugh your head-off ! On the right-hand side of the photo are shops, and in later years one became a clothing shop that was mentioned in the very popular comedy series on the BBC called “Only Fools and Horses”. The shop that Del Boy would sometimes mention was called Sol Brothers. |Just a small shop but it became famous due to the success of the comedy.
    Good old Balham! Often said to be the “Gateway to the South” Blakey on Anorak back in the 50s lived little more than a stones-throw from Balham tube. Great days and memories.

  • coolandcalm

    I’ve looked. My favourite for ‘the feel of the war’ is the family in the Anderson Shelter. I also like number 1 as that gives me the clothes and shoes. If it wasn’t for the helmets it could be a scene from 9/11.

  • coolandcalm

    Anorak… where did you get the pics from? Currently researching from this era and these are brilliant for the feel of the era…..

  • The Press Association. Look at them all. I had a tricky time putting them in order – each seems better then the next…

  • John Blake

    Photo No.5 showing a bus in a crater in BALHAM HIGH STREET brings back memories to me. I lived in Balham when I was a very young boy in the 50s and can remember knowing about the bus ending-up in a large hole after a bombing raid.
    This photo brings back memories because I can see the railway bridge that crosses the road and Balham tube station where I often bought copies of the kids magazines Beano and Dandy to read( and for the “free” gifts )that were often placed inside them.
    This photo along the high street is also very close to the ABC cinema where I went on a Saturday morning with loads of other kids and paid sixpence to watch Roy Rogers and Trigger, Flash Gordon, and Laurel and Hardy who made you laugh your head-off ! On the right-hand side of the photo are shops, and in later years one became a clothing shop that was mentioned in the very popular comedy series on the BBC called “Only Fools and Horses”. The shop that Del Boy would sometimes mention was called Sol Brothers. |Just a small shop but it became famous due to the success of the comedy.
    Good old Balham! Often said to be the “Gateway to the South” Blakey on Anorak back in the 50s lived little more than a stones-throw from Balham tube. Great days and memories.

  • coolandcalm

    I’ve looked. My favourite for ‘the feel of the war’ is the family in the Anderson Shelter. I also like number 1 as that gives me the clothes and shoes. If it wasn’t for the helmets it could be a scene from 9/11.

  • coolandcalm

    Anorak… where did you get the pics from? Currently researching from this era and these are brilliant for the feel of the era…..

  • The Press Association. Look at them all. I had a tricky time putting them in order – each seems better then the next…

  • John Blake

    Photo No.5 showing a bus in a crater in BALHAM HIGH STREET brings back memories to me. I lived in Balham when I was a very young boy in the 50s and can remember knowing about the bus ending-up in a large hole after a bombing raid.
    This photo brings back memories because I can see the railway bridge that crosses the road and Balham tube station where I often bought copies of the kids magazines Beano and Dandy to read( and for the “free” gifts )that were often placed inside them.
    This photo along the high street is also very close to the ABC cinema where I went on a Saturday morning with loads of other kids and paid sixpence to watch Roy Rogers and Trigger, Flash Gordon, and Laurel and Hardy who made you laugh your head-off ! On the right-hand side of the photo are shops, and in later years one became a clothing shop that was mentioned in the very popular comedy series on the BBC called “Only Fools and Horses”. The shop that Del Boy would sometimes mention was called Sol Brothers. |Just a small shop but it became famous due to the success of the comedy.
    Good old Balham! Often said to be the “Gateway to the South” Blakey on Anorak back in the 50s lived little more than a stones-throw from Balham tube. Great days and memories.

  • coolandcalm

    I’ve looked. My favourite for ‘the feel of the war’ is the family in the Anderson Shelter. I also like number 1 as that gives me the clothes and shoes. If it wasn’t for the helmets it could be a scene from 9/11.

  • coolandcalm

    Anorak… where did you get the pics from? Currently researching from this era and these are brilliant for the feel of the era…..

  • The Press Association. Look at them all. I had a tricky time putting them in order – each seems better then the next…

  • John Blake

    Photo No.5 showing a bus in a crater in BALHAM HIGH STREET brings back memories to me. I lived in Balham when I was a very young boy in the 50s and can remember knowing about the bus ending-up in a large hole after a bombing raid.
    This photo brings back memories because I can see the railway bridge that crosses the road and Balham tube station where I often bought copies of the kids magazines Beano and Dandy to read( and for the “free” gifts )that were often placed inside them.
    This photo along the high street is also very close to the ABC cinema where I went on a Saturday morning with loads of other kids and paid sixpence to watch Roy Rogers and Trigger, Flash Gordon, and Laurel and Hardy who made you laugh your head-off ! On the right-hand side of the photo are shops, and in later years one became a clothing shop that was mentioned in the very popular comedy series on the BBC called “Only Fools and Horses”. The shop that Del Boy would sometimes mention was called Sol Brothers. |Just a small shop but it became famous due to the success of the comedy.
    Good old Balham! Often said to be the “Gateway to the South” Blakey on Anorak back in the 50s lived little more than a stones-throw from Balham tube. Great days and memories.

  • coolandcalm

    I’ve looked. My favourite for ‘the feel of the war’ is the family in the Anderson Shelter. I also like number 1 as that gives me the clothes and shoes. If it wasn’t for the helmets it could be a scene from 9/11.

  • coolandcalm

    Anorak… where did you get the pics from? Currently researching from this era and these are brilliant for the feel of the era…..

  • The Press Association. Look at them all. I had a tricky time putting them in order – each seems better then the next…

  • John Blake

    Photo No.5 showing a bus in a crater in BALHAM HIGH STREET brings back memories to me. I lived in Balham when I was a very young boy in the 50s and can remember knowing about the bus ending-up in a large hole after a bombing raid.
    This photo brings back memories because I can see the railway bridge that crosses the road and Balham tube station where I often bought copies of the kids magazines Beano and Dandy to read( and for the “free” gifts )that were often placed inside them.
    This photo along the high street is also very close to the ABC cinema where I went on a Saturday morning with loads of other kids and paid sixpence to watch Roy Rogers and Trigger, Flash Gordon, and Laurel and Hardy who made you laugh your head-off ! On the right-hand side of the photo are shops, and in later years one became a clothing shop that was mentioned in the very popular comedy series on the BBC called “Only Fools and Horses”. The shop that Del Boy would sometimes mention was called Sol Brothers. |Just a small shop but it became famous due to the success of the comedy.
    Good old Balham! Often said to be the “Gateway to the South” Blakey on Anorak back in the 50s lived little more than a stones-throw from Balham tube. Great days and memories.

  • coolandcalm

    I’ve looked. My favourite for ‘the feel of the war’ is the family in the Anderson Shelter. I also like number 1 as that gives me the clothes and shoes. If it wasn’t for the helmets it could be a scene from 9/11.

  • coolandcalm

    Anorak… where did you get the pics from? Currently researching from this era and these are brilliant for the feel of the era…..

  • The Press Association. Look at them all. I had a tricky time putting them in order – each seems better then the next…

  • John Blake

    Photo No.5 showing a bus in a crater in BALHAM HIGH STREET brings back memories to me. I lived in Balham when I was a very young boy in the 50s and can remember knowing about the bus ending-up in a large hole after a bombing raid.
    This photo brings back memories because I can see the railway bridge that crosses the road and Balham tube station where I often bought copies of the kids magazines Beano and Dandy to read( and for the “free” gifts )that were often placed inside them.
    This photo along the high street is also very close to the ABC cinema where I went on a Saturday morning with loads of other kids and paid sixpence to watch Roy Rogers and Trigger, Flash Gordon, and Laurel and Hardy who made you laugh your head-off ! On the right-hand side of the photo are shops, and in later years one became a clothing shop that was mentioned in the very popular comedy series on the BBC called “Only Fools and Horses”. The shop that Del Boy would sometimes mention was called Sol Brothers. |Just a small shop but it became famous due to the success of the comedy.
    Good old Balham! Often said to be the “Gateway to the South” Blakey on Anorak back in the 50s lived little more than a stones-throw from Balham tube. Great days and memories.

  • coolandcalm

    I’ve looked. My favourite for ‘the feel of the war’ is the family in the Anderson Shelter. I also like number 1 as that gives me the clothes and shoes. If it wasn’t for the helmets it could be a scene from 9/11.

  • coolandcalm

    Anorak… where did you get the pics from? Currently researching from this era and these are brilliant for the feel of the era…..

  • The Press Association. Look at them all. I had a tricky time putting them in order – each seems better then the next…

  • John Blake

    Photo No.5 showing a bus in a crater in BALHAM HIGH STREET brings back memories to me. I lived in Balham when I was a very young boy in the 50s and can remember knowing about the bus ending-up in a large hole after a bombing raid.
    This photo brings back memories because I can see the railway bridge that crosses the road and Balham tube station where I often bought copies of the kids magazines Beano and Dandy to read( and for the “free” gifts )that were often placed inside them.
    This photo along the high street is also very close to the ABC cinema where I went on a Saturday morning with loads of other kids and paid sixpence to watch Roy Rogers and Trigger, Flash Gordon, and Laurel and Hardy who made you laugh your head-off ! On the right-hand side of the photo are shops, and in later years one became a clothing shop that was mentioned in the very popular comedy series on the BBC called “Only Fools and Horses”. The shop that Del Boy would sometimes mention was called Sol Brothers. |Just a small shop but it became famous due to the success of the comedy.
    Good old Balham! Often said to be the “Gateway to the South” Blakey on Anorak back in the 50s lived little more than a stones-throw from Balham tube. Great days and memories.

  • coolandcalm

    I’ve looked. My favourite for ‘the feel of the war’ is the family in the Anderson Shelter. I also like number 1 as that gives me the clothes and shoes. If it wasn’t for the helmets it could be a scene from 9/11.

  • coolandcalm

    Anorak… where did you get the pics from? Currently researching from this era and these are brilliant for the feel of the era…..

  • The Press Association. Look at them all. I had a tricky time putting them in order – each seems better then the next…

  • John Blake

    Photo No.5 showing a bus in a crater in BALHAM HIGH STREET brings back memories to me. I lived in Balham when I was a very young boy in the 50s and can remember knowing about the bus ending-up in a large hole after a bombing raid.
    This photo brings back memories because I can see the railway bridge that crosses the road and Balham tube station where I often bought copies of the kids magazines Beano and Dandy to read( and for the “free” gifts )that were often placed inside them.
    This photo along the high street is also very close to the ABC cinema where I went on a Saturday morning with loads of other kids and paid sixpence to watch Roy Rogers and Trigger, Flash Gordon, and Laurel and Hardy who made you laugh your head-off ! On the right-hand side of the photo are shops, and in later years one became a clothing shop that was mentioned in the very popular comedy series on the BBC called “Only Fools and Horses”. The shop that Del Boy would sometimes mention was called Sol Brothers. |Just a small shop but it became famous due to the success of the comedy.
    Good old Balham! Often said to be the “Gateway to the South” Blakey on Anorak back in the 50s lived little more than a stones-throw from Balham tube. Great days and memories.

  • coolandcalm

    I’ve looked. My favourite for ‘the feel of the war’ is the family in the Anderson Shelter. I also like number 1 as that gives me the clothes and shoes. If it wasn’t for the helmets it could be a scene from 9/11.

  • coolandcalm

    Anorak… where did you get the pics from? Currently researching from this era and these are brilliant for the feel of the era…..

  • The Press Association. Look at them all. I had a tricky time putting them in order – each seems better then the next…

  • John Blake

    Photo No.5 showing a bus in a crater in BALHAM HIGH STREET brings back memories to me. I lived in Balham when I was a very young boy in the 50s and can remember knowing about the bus ending-up in a large hole after a bombing raid.
    This photo brings back memories because I can see the railway bridge that crosses the road and Balham tube station where I often bought copies of the kids magazines Beano and Dandy to read( and for the “free” gifts )that were often placed inside them.
    This photo along the high street is also very close to the ABC cinema where I went on a Saturday morning with loads of other kids and paid sixpence to watch Roy Rogers and Trigger, Flash Gordon, and Laurel and Hardy who made you laugh your head-off ! On the right-hand side of the photo are shops, and in later years one became a clothing shop that was mentioned in the very popular comedy series on the BBC called “Only Fools and Horses”. The shop that Del Boy would sometimes mention was called Sol Brothers. |Just a small shop but it became famous due to the success of the comedy.
    Good old Balham! Often said to be the “Gateway to the South” Blakey on Anorak back in the 50s lived little more than a stones-throw from Balham tube. Great days and memories.

  • coolandcalm

    I’ve looked. My favourite for ‘the feel of the war’ is the family in the Anderson Shelter. I also like number 1 as that gives me the clothes and shoes. If it wasn’t for the helmets it could be a scene from 9/11.

  • coolandcalm

    Anorak… where did you get the pics from? Currently researching from this era and these are brilliant for the feel of the era…..

  • The Press Association. Look at them all. I had a tricky time putting them in order – each seems better then the next…

  • John Blake

    Photo No.5 showing a bus in a crater in BALHAM HIGH STREET brings back memories to me. I lived in Balham when I was a very young boy in the 50s and can remember knowing about the bus ending-up in a large hole after a bombing raid.
    This photo brings back memories because I can see the railway bridge that crosses the road and Balham tube station where I often bought copies of the kids magazines Beano and Dandy to read( and for the “free” gifts )that were often placed inside them.
    This photo along the high street is also very close to the ABC cinema where I went on a Saturday morning with loads of other kids and paid sixpence to watch Roy Rogers and Trigger, Flash Gordon, and Laurel and Hardy who made you laugh your head-off ! On the right-hand side of the photo are shops, and in later years one became a clothing shop that was mentioned in the very popular comedy series on the BBC called “Only Fools and Horses”. The shop that Del Boy would sometimes mention was called Sol Brothers. |Just a small shop but it became famous due to the success of the comedy.
    Good old Balham! Often said to be the “Gateway to the South” Blakey on Anorak back in the 50s lived little more than a stones-throw from Balham tube. Great days and memories.

  • coolandcalm

    I’ve looked. My favourite for ‘the feel of the war’ is the family in the Anderson Shelter. I also like number 1 as that gives me the clothes and shoes. If it wasn’t for the helmets it could be a scene from 9/11.