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#ThrowbackThursday: London 50 years ago

London is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. A strange cross between old and new, contemporary and traditional perhaps best illustrated by the sight of the Tower of London, a medieval fortress standing at the heart of the modern East End.

But how much has the city changed over the past 50 years? To celebrate this week’s Throwback Thursday, here are a few cool shots from London 5 decades ago..

Piccadilly Circus

Hasn’t changed that much over the years. Coke’s still around and buses are still red. Note: The Voice didn’t exist back then, so Tom Jones had to go gigs.

Piccadilly Circus in 1965

Colour TV for sale

Shot from vintage everyday. In 1966, the BBC announced plans to begin colour TV broadcasting the following year.

Colour TV for sale in London

A policeman directs traffic near St Paul’s Cathedral

Cool picture from the book London: Portrait Of A City. More info here.

Policeman directs traffic near St Paul's Cathedral

 Oxford Street

Oxford Street in the 1960s

Churchill Funeral

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s passing. He was the only commoner to be granted the honour in the 20th century. Here’s a picture from the procession in London:

Churchill's state funeral going through the streets on London

Doing something right

Another nice one from Vintage Everyday. Doesn’t matter what year you’re in, this guy’s clearly doing something right.

People from the 1960s

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  1. Looking forward to reading more. Great post. Want more.

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