In Photos: London in 1950

It was the year that saw the first ski jumping competitions held in London (with snow imported from Norway), and London’s first ever computer was built at the National Physical Laboratory – the fastest in the world at the time. Take a walk through history with these incredible photos.

Circus strongman Paul Remos and his six and seven year old sons feeding a giraffe at London Zoo
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Westminster Bridge
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Children gaze into a toy shop window, Dagenham
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Pearly Kings and Queens in Southwark
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Sewer worker
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Liverpool Street Station
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A snowy Bethnal Green
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Ski jump competition, Hampstead Heath, March
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Wimbledon Pond
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London Docks
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Billingsgate fish market
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London’s first computer, the fastest in the world at 1MHz. May
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Portobello Road Market
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Gaumont Cinema, London
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Jolly Butchers in Brick Lane. It closed in 1987.
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A view of the London City Airport site
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Tate & Lyle Refinery, Plaistow
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Pea Shellers at Covent Garden
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London Underground ratcatchers with their net and ferrets
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Portobello Road Market
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A keeper at London Zoo gives his penguins a shower
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The Valley – home to Charlton FC. This terrace held 30,000 standing
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London Thames
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Feeding the pigeons in Trafalgar Square
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Queue for the Old Vic (nearest tube, Waterloo)
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