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Category Archives: Glimpse of the past

Glimpse of the past… John Lennon on Broadwick Street, 1966

John Lennon, Broadwick Street, November 1966

John Lennon, Broadwick Street, November 1966

36 years ago today, on the 8th December 1980, John Lennon was shot dead in New York. He was  just 40 years old. The image above was taken on the 27th November 1966 outside a public lavatory on Soho’s Broadwick Street, and shows John playing London’s swankiest toilet attendant in a sketch for the BBC comedy show, ‘Not Only But Also‘.

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Glimpse of the past… John Logie Baird at Selfridges, March 1925

John Logie Baird at Selfridges, March 1925 (image: BBC)

John Logie Baird at Selfridges, March 1925 (image: BBC)

This wonderful image depicts John Logie Baird– the genius Scotsman who invented television- demonstrating an early prototype of his groundbreaking device in the electrical section of Selfridges department store, Oxford Street in 1925.

Cobbled together from a soapbox, cardboard discs and various bicycle bits, this primitive ‘televisor‘ was only capable of beaming eerie, static images onto a tiny receiving screen. Nevertheless, it was a success and marked the world’s first public demonstration of the fledgling technology.

Just a few years later, Selfridges would go on to sell the very first television sets- which cost as much a brand new motor car at the time. You can read more about John Logie Baird’s London here.

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Glimpse of the past… Parking on Belgrave Square, 1965

Belgrave Square, 1965 (image: London Illustrated News)

Belgrave Square, 1965 (image: London Illustrated News)

Snapped for the London Illustrated News in December 1965, this image of Belgrave Square shows just how much of a free-for-all parking in London used to be. Notice how many of the vehicles are boxed in; a common situation which, as the article accompanying this image says, often left drivers trapped “for hours.” 

The image below depicts the approximate area as it appears today.

The cluttered parking spot today (image: Google street view)

The cluttered parking spot today (image: Google street view)

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