Old black and white photographs of horrible London Smog between 1910s to 1950s


London was renowned for centuries for its infamous smog and severe pollution caused by soot particles and poisonous sulfur dioxide that were produced by the burning of soft coal. The mix of fog and coal smoke (aka black fog or killer fog) swept over the English capital, during that period of time, it’s said that 12,000 or so residents died due to the hazardous air pollution.

#1 A Lamp Lighter At Work In Finsbury Park, London, 17 October 1935

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Image source: Topical Press Agency

#2 Fleet Street, 6 December 1952

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Image source: Edward Miller

#3 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, 24 January 1934

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Image source: Fox Photos

#4 A Man Lighting His Pipe In Thick Fog Under The Arches At The Temple, London , 23 December 1935

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Image source: Arthur Tanner

 #5 Central London, January 1936

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Image source: Lacey

 #6 National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, 1 December 1948

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Image source: Warburton

#7 The Tower Of London, January 1947

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Image source: Fox Photos

#8 An Iceman Delivers In The Fog, 1 October 1919

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Image source: Topical Press Agency

#9 Liverpool St. Station, 29 January 1959

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Image source: Edward Miller

#10 Hyde Park Corner, 25 October 1938

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Image source: Fox Photos

#11 A Woman Leads A Car Through London’s Regent’s Park, 25 October 1938

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Image source: William Vanderson

#12 Westminster Bridge, 14 January 1955

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Image source: Topical Press Agency

#13 A Young Couple During The Great Smog, 1952

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Image source: unknown.

#14 Barges Crowd Together At Hay’s Wharf In Southwark, London, 26th October 1938

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Image source: Topical Press Agency

#15 St Pancras Railway Station, 1 July 1907

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Image source: Topical Press Agency

#16 Piccadilly Circus, 6 December 1952

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Image source: Hulton Archive

#17 Ludgate Circus, 1 November 1922

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Image source: Topical Press Agency

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